A couple of days ago I was staring at a blank computer screen (“You are getting sleepy, sleepy …”) and in the background the Governor of Arizona was signing a declaration of war against illegal aliens.
In the first place, the Governor of Arizona looks like the product of bad casting.
(“No no,” you would cry, “She’s not the Governor. She’s the Governor’s ex wife’s obnoxious Aunt Florence who is the first one eaten by the pod people... in the swamp … on Mars”)
In the second place, I was attracted by the obvious and loud opposition to the law the Governor was signing.
“Illegal aliens and the crimes they bring in are overrunning the state,” the Governor says. “They have to be stopped.”
I’m not sure why, but this seemed to many to be a radical concept.
“Sanctuary,” I know of one alien claiming. “Give me sanctuary.” And this person was taken into a church, housed, fed, and encouraged to resist deportation.
Would the church be as willing to take in a bicycle thief?
What’s the difference?
By best estimates, there are millions of illegal aliens in this country. Not thousands, not tens of thousands, not hundreds of thousands – millions. I can’t even fathom that many people.
And, being illegal, they don’t pay taxes on anything.
They don’t pay for fire departments, road repairs, or city lights, yet they use these services every day.
These millions of people also get health care. Free.
The children of illegal aliens attend our already over filled public schools. Again, there is not even a beginning of financial support from their parents.
There used to be a rational that “they are filling jobs nobody else wants.” With unemployment standing at about ten per cent, I don’t think that excuse still works.
The one cry I hear from opponents to this law is that of racial profiling. Aliens must carry identification when they are out in public. This strikes me as funny. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t carry identification with them.
It isn’t that I don’t feel sympathy for suffering people – I do. But breaking the law and stealing from the government is not a good way to start a relationship. I’m beginning to feel like I’m being pushed – and worse, secretly scorned and laughed at.
And that is a mistake.
They have attracted my attention
The last I knew, laws were still being enacted and enforced in this country by the majority.
And the last I knew, that was still me ... and the Governor of Arizona ... and one or two other people..
On my own, with all of my falls.
3 years ago