This is perhaps the most heartbreaking to write. I like to look at the big picture and the interconnections of one act and the rest of the economy, society, foreign policy, and so on. However, this is just unfair. Therefore, it deserves a post devoted to it because it’s just cruel. It has no benefit to anyone, it has nothing to do with what we stand for, and it’s rooted in nationalism and nativism. Yes, the DACA children didn’t come here legally, but I don’t care. I don’t care because Trump doesn’t care. If he had actually considered the illegality of their crossing into the United States, maybe I would have cared about that part of it, but he and many people only care that they weren’t born here. Moreover, many people are even upset that those who don’t look like them are born here everyday. So, it has nothing to do with illegal immigration. It has to do with skin color, culture, language, and religion.
I’d like to keep this post clean and analytical rather than make it a rant. Those of you that are here for a nuanced argument, this paragraph is for you. The argument is pretty one-sided, but I am definitely not going to ignore anyone’s opinions. The fact is they weren’t born here, their parents came here illegally, and someone has to be punished. We’re a nation of laws, and that’s all there is to it. That’s a fact. Now, how do we do that? Do we just put them in jail? I mean, it seems the popular opinion is to just deport them and be done with it. That seems like a fair solution. I mean, some of those kids knew it was illegal and came with their parents anyway. Another solution is to deport their parents and let their kids stay because the kids were just dependents that would have not survived on their own because they were old enough to know the law but not old enough to take care of themselves. Another option is to deport them all and give them priority in terms of applying to come back legally. The other issue is whether they would be given a conviction for the illegal crossing, which would make it harder for them to come back, even with priority.
So, there’s a lot to consider in this case. If we’re just looking at the law, it’s quite hard to enforce the laws and also give these individuals and their parents a chance. They broke the law, and in the spirit of the rule of law and to ensure that people understand laws are to be enforced and not selectively ignored, it seems really hard to enforce every relevant law and yet somehow let these people stay or let them come back after deporting them.
Given that it’s incredibly hard to enforce the laws that are on the books, that opens up a discussion that I don’t think anyone is really having. We’re all hung up on the morality of the issue, and we’re missing the fact that there is something already on the books that tells us exactly what to do. In fact, we’ve looked at it already. Yes, I’VE written about it already, but the Supreme Court of the United States of America has already written about it. They’ve decided upon it already. When emotions are high, we tend to talk about ethics and what we stand for and our mission as a country. We’ve always been quite different. Despite Andrew Miller‘s recent perversion of the meaning of the Statue of Liberty, we’ve always been a nation with open arms. However, ALL OF THIS is so incredibly unnecessary here.
Let’s take a look! Amazingly, I can explain it all in just a few paragraphs.