I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about our legal system, and the Bill of Rights especially. And I have an idea that might seem a bit radical, but I think it’s time has come.
The Constitution forbids “cruel and unusual punishment.” Further, it bans double jeopardy — you cannot be tried and punished more than once for a crime.
With that in mind, I think it’s time we did away with things like criminal records. Once a person has served their sentence, the matter is over. They have paid their debt, and it’s unfair to keep punishing them for their crime. We cannot reasonably expect people to be able to go on with their lives with that cloud hanging over their heads.
Naturally, with that change, we will have to make other adaptations to fit. Criminal background checks will be much quicker, as only those on parole or probation will show up. And sex-offender registries would be a thing of the past. All we need to do is shift those duties on to those who currently run parole/probation programs.
Obviously, I’m being completely facetious here. But what I’ve described above seems to be the crux of the pro-illegal aliens movement. They want to get past the initial offense (or “original sin” of their breaking the laws in the first place (either by illegally crossing the border, overstaying their visa, or entering on a falsified visa) and simply accept their presence as a fait accompli.
The immigration laws are quite simple. If you want to enter the United States, you must do so through approved entry points. You must have a visa or other similar document, that outlines exactly why you’re here and for how long. And when that time or purpose has been achieved, you must leave. If you want to come here to stay, say so up front and follow the established procedures.
Setting such policies are the right and duty of every nation. Those put forth by the United States are, quite possibly, the most liberal in the world, and have been of great benefit to both sides — immigrants and Americans.
But the move now is to ignore those laws, to simply reduce immigration policy to a variant of the game “tag” — with the “goal” being “once you get into America, we can’t toss you back out.” And it isn’t even an open assault on the laws — no one seems to be calling for changes to immigration policy, only its enforcement. I’d respect them more if they would actually put forth how they want the law changed, and not just whine about how “unfair” it is and do everything they can to hamper its application.
It all boils down to one simple question: does the United States have the right to set and enforce immigration policies, and to regulate its own borders?
According to “immigrant advocates,” the answer seems to be “no.”