The cruelty of treating lawbreakers like criminals

When your opponent resorts to emotion in an argument, you can be fairly certain that you’re winning.

Case in point: this sad tale from this morning’s Boston Herald.

It’s a tragic tale, of families torn asunder, children forcibly separated from parents, relatives forced to try to make up for the absence of others.

The only element missing is the root cause here, the “original sin:” just why did the government come in and take away all those mommies?

Because those mommies chose to break the law.

They chose to break the immigration and labor laws of this country they so loudly proclaim their love for.

Choices have consequences. And when you choose to break the law, you face the possibility of being arrested, detained, tried, incarcerated, and in their case deported back from whence they came.

I don’t like the current immigration bill, but I do respect it in one sense — it’s attempting to make the law comply with the wishes of many people. I don’t particularly think that it’s a majority of the American people, but at least its proponents are working within the system — and I have to respect that.

But the relatives of the author — they wanted to cheat the system, to evade the law and live their lives outside of its controls — and protections.

That was their choice, made freely. And it would be unjust to deny them the right — the responsibility — to accept the consequences of that choice.

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