Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Arizona Law and Justice

The Arizona Law and Justice

As I've said before, there are two solutions to the illegal Central American/Mexican immigration issue: 1) legalize marijuana; thereby defunding the Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations, which would help to end the violence; and 2) grant those illegal immigrants already here amnesty or asylum and refugee status, and then secure the borders.

Recently, some young people, who are living in the US illegally, were arrested in Washington, D. C. for protesting the illegal immigration issue; meaning the lack of an immigration reform policy, such as amnesty. These young people are illegal immigrants, but they have lived in the US virtually their entire lives, having been brought to the US at a very young age by their parents, who entered the US illegally. And no one, with any sense of justice, would send these young people back to wherever it is that their parents had emigrated from, such as Mexico, would they? These young people are, for all practical purposes, Americans; people who would feel like foreigners in any other nation other than this one. Yes, they are here illegally, but who would wish to see them returned to the nation of their births, now?

I've heard stories, over the years, about families of illegal immigrants being returned to Mexico, or wherever, and of their children, who had lived in the US virtually their entire lives, who didn't even speak Spanish. How do these kids feel being sent to Mexico and they can't even speak Spanish? The young protesters in Washington are trying to point out the injustice of their situation. These young people's situation poses a very real moral dilemma concerning immigration reform, which needs to be resolved . . . before this group of young protesters is prosecuted and deported.

The value of this sort of protest is that it forces people to recognize the reality of the illegal immigration from a real person's all-to-real perspective: that of the young person who has grown up in the US as the child of an illegal immigrant. Anyone should be able to see the injustice in sending someone who is, in every way, an American except for their immigration status. And then we should grant their parents amnesty.

We should also applaud the courage of these young people: to risk being sent to a foreign land in order to force us to fix the problem, which we said we'd fix years ago. Regan, during the 1980's, granted amnesty to illegal immigrants. I remember; because I lived in El Paso, Texas at the time. I saw hundreds of people waiting in line at the Texas Department of Public Safety office in order to file for immigration amnesty. If Regan could do it, why couldn't Bush, and why can't Obama? After all, what's the big deal?

I know this: there's no way the government's prosecuting and deporting those young protesters, because to do so would be a grave injustice.

It's time, now, to deal with this issue: legalize marijuana and grant amnesty.

The philosopher Plato believed that, in order for someone to be a ruler, the person had to know "the good", or what justice is. That's what we need with this illegal immigration issue too: leaders who know what justice is.

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