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Monday, February 06, 2017

More law is not the answer

A reader sent to me a very well-thought and interesting plan to change the law to reduce illegal aliens in the country. He noted that there are loopholes in current law which requires employers to verify the legal status of their day laborers and the like.

His plan made sense, of course, which was why I rejected it.

The changes were very, very sensible. I cannot over-stress how valid his plan was.

Nor can I understate how poorly it would work.

Waving the magic wand of government does not solve problems. If it did, gun control laws would replace the need for gun ownership.

The illegal alien problem began in 1965, when the Democratic Party decided to create a new class of voters -- illegal aliens -- by changing a perfectly good immigration system, America has had to grapple with a porous border.

The poor folks in California gave up fighting the invasion 25 years ago when they allowed the federal court to overrule the people in Prop 187. Illegal aliens now are super-citizens entitled to all the benefits of citizenship -- including voting -- without any of the responsibilities. Break a law and they deport you instead of sending you to prison.

The 1965 law and its 1986 reform made this problem.

Thus, good men and good women think they can fix the law and fix the problem.

That won't work. The people in California tried that with Prop 187, which denied the benefits of citizenship to people here illegally. A judge said this was "unconstitutional" and the Establishment refused to appeal the decision.

You think a law that gets rid of illegal aliens will stand the test of the judiciary?

So changing the law will not fix this.

Action must be taken.

Enforcing the laws on the books should result in self-deportation, especially if self-deportation is less expensive (meaning, you don't spend time in prison if you leave of your own volition).

Small government conservatives must understand that you do not shrink the government by writing more laws but rather by getting rid of problems, and the need for the laws.

Illegal immigration is one place we can start.


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  1. Right on the button. We have already seen the problem with laws, especially in California where judges overrule anything that's not part of the liberal agenda, and the Attorney General won't appeal. Sure, they're wrong, and yes, they're not doing their job. Doesn't matter. Don you are exactly right.

    1. Unfortunately, they think this kind of stuff IS their job.

  2. It's a rather dark thought, but consider the implications for illegals in California the day after the San Andreas finally breaks loose.

  3. Existing laws do need to be enforced rather than tweeked. What's significant is that there also has been a huge change in the willingness of Americans to accept illegal migrants over the many years. So, there is a cultural shift that interacts with the existing law. We're seeing that play out in the 9th court right now.

    I grew up in AZ that has always had one of the most porous borders (or no borders) around. At least in Phoenix in the old days illegals just were not tolerated. There was no housing for them because no one would rent to them (that doesn't work in the summer there). And, enforcement rounded them up because they ended up camping out in the open. Farmers or other day laborer contractors all the way down to Yuma wouldn't hire an illegal, nor would anyone else along the Gila. If you crossed into Imperial Valley CA, though, a different story. Places like El Centro were always a hub. If you use Google street view of El Centro now it looks the same today as it did in the 60's--an immigrant pit. So, CA has some long history of cheating on a lot of things.

    Back then; same laws, two adjacent states, same porous border.

    The number of migrants (border crossings) have increased on a log scale since then, and so has the number of people willing to just look away. Phoenix is apparently now one of the largest harbor of both resettlements and illegals.

    I actually have no clue whether there have been cultural shifts so massive that we will never have a great majority of "civic minded" Americans again. I haven't even seen that phrase "civic minded" in a long while.

    The good part of the story is that a whole lot red-pilled people elected a guy that is trying like hell to bring it back. Maybe some of this civic mindedness will eventually rub off on the left. Maybe Nate Silver can give us odds.

    1. The cultural shift did not change the courts, the courts forced the cultural shift. I used to not rent to illegals AT ALL. I got threatened with a law suit. On the plus side, I have never had to take an illegal to court for eviction. they pay or they are gone by the time I come by for rent.



    1. Sorry, but Nanny Twit says, "Sorry, you are not authorized to view these tweets."

      Oh noes. I am an unauthorized person!

      Does that mean I'm equal to an undocumented immigrant and don't have to pay taxes?

  6. Sorry, top one was an error. Still a good video.

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  8. This is why I say forget the replace, just repeal IdiotCare.

  9. Just declare open season and/or a bounty on illegal aliens - and their enablers. - Elric

  10. Start arresting mayors and others who shelter illegals since doing so is against federal law. But as has been commented on the law illegally supports the illegals. Under Obama, forcing people at company to speak English is discriminatory. Time for an official English language even if it takes a constitutional amendment. I worked in Canada and their two official languages cause many problems. I have been in Quebec at a mall where no one would speak English to me and give me information. My French from 55 years ago wasn't good enough either. I've had better treatment in France. A country can dissolve if people cannot communicate.