Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A Graphic Perspective on Illegal Immigration

The level of absurdity on the pro-illegal-alien side of the argument is clearly baffling. Common sense has taken a holiday, as Americans who ought to know better defend people who enter our country illegally—another word for people who break laws is “criminal”—and avail themselves of all manner of benefits and services that are, or should be, limited only to citizens.

Below is a perspective on illegal immigration that might help folks see the issue clearly. Or maybe not.

It is not original with me, and in fact I have no idea who wrote it. But it’s pretty effective.

Let's Say I Break Into Your House

Recently large demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that Congress is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration. Certain people are angry that the US might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely.

Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests. Let's say I break into your house. Let's say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, "I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors. I've done all the things you don't like to do. I'm hardworking and honest (except for when I broke into your house).

According to the protesters, you are required to let me stay in your house You are Required to add me to your family's insurance plan You are required to educate my kids You are required to provide other benefits to me & to my family (my husband will do all of your yard work because he is also hard-working and honest, except for that breaking in thingy).

If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my RIGHT to be there. It's only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I'm just trying to better myself. I'm a hardworking and honest, person, except for …well, you know, the crime I committed when I broke into your house. And oh yeah, I get a free education, where you have to pay your own way through college. (Such a deal!)

And what a deal it is for me!!! I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior. (Is this a great country, or what?)

Oh yeah, I DEMAND that YOU LEARN MY language so you can communicate with me. And don't forget to make sure your forms are in MY language, too; I need to be able to understand them.

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