immigration issues at the forefront again

Two separate issues came up today regarding immigration, both of which made my blood boil, so I must write.

Bill O'Reilly interviews Senator Hillary ClintonFirst, Bill O’Reilly‘s interview with Senator Clinton (D-NY) aired in two parts on Fox News Channel last night and tonight. In part 2 which aired tonight, O’Reilly asked Clinton about immigration. In explaining her position, she said, “If they’ve committed a crime in this country or elsewhere, they should be deported no questions asked, or tried for the crime.” This woman doesn’t have any idea what she’s saying. She proves once again a point that I made in this blog back on January 31, that she doesn’t understand what “illegal” means.

Every single one of the 12 million illegal immigrants in this country is a criminal. I don’t understand why people don’t get this. Even if you don’t like our laws, you can’t dispute the fact that entering any country in the world without following the proper procedures is a crime. It just is. It’s indisputable. So, if Senator Clinton wants to deport every illegal immigrant who has “committed a crime”, then she better get started.

The second story that bothers me comes from Santa Ana, California, where I lived for 12 years, and whose news I follow via the Orange County Register. Today was a day of immigration rallies in many locations throughout the United States. Now, I’m all for immigration, as long as it’s done legally. What bothers me is when folks come here illegally (from any country) and wave the American flag.

According to an article in the Register, a 12-year-old girl whose parents brought her here from Mexico when she was 1 said, “we’re here to fight for our rights.” The problem with that statement is that  her parents obviously didn’t tell her that the list of rights is quite short for illegal immigrants.

I love the United States. But if for some reason I decided to move to France, and I also decided to do it illegally, there is no way I’d wave the French flag and say, “I’m here marching today, fighting for my rights!” That’s just ridiculous.

And if you come into the U.S. illegally, there is one right that you absolutely do not have, and that is the right to wave the American flag and say that you’re fighting for your rights! What rights?

My feelings on immigration are simple. We have laws that are good. People follow these laws every day and they work. But we don’t enforce them. So the first step is to enforce them. The next step is to figure out a plan to make the 12 million immigrants currently here illegally legal. Deporting them is ridiculous.