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The U.S. is a nation of laws

Posted on November 3, 2011
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A tactic used by those who want us to reward illegal immigrants is to try to make people focus on the immigrant on a personal level. So, how would the topic of illegal immigration look if we were to also consider, you, the American citizen on a personal level? Individual property rights, a fundamental American right, should provide an effective way to do this.

Would you be offended if someone set up a homestead on your property without your permission? Would it matter that they are willing to work for you after they invaded your property, even if it was to do chores your child would not do? Don’t your property rights include the right to consent or not consent to such a trespass?

Suppose these trespassers begin to expect you to celebrate their wedding anniversary or their children’s birthdays because they are living on your property, albeit still without your permission? Suppose they also began to expect to be addressed in a language you do not speak. Doesn’t that violate your right to be the authority of your own property?

If we focus on the fact that these trespassers are hard-working or otherwise good neighbors (assuming they were) would it change the fact that they need your permission to occupy your property? Would those who advocate such a focus feel the same if it was their personal property that was being invaded?

Would you expect your local law enforcement to protect your property rights from these trespassers? Suppose they refused, all the while reminding you that it is their responsibility, not yours — in much the same way the federal government has abdicated its responsibility to manage illegal immigration. (Oh, and by the way, you are required to spend your money on their needs.) Would you just resignedly shrug your shoulders and continue to spend your money on these individual trespassers, the way the government expects the body of citizens to do now?

Now, suppose you rent someone space on your land, requiring them to meet certain conditions you consider important for control of your property. Would this rental agreement now make legitimate the uninvited trespassers? No? Again, the difference is the right of the property owner to consent.

Once we begin to relate the subject of illegal immigration in terms of the consent of a property owner it becomes obvious that it would not matter where the trespassers come from. Our right to choose to have them or not has been violated. It also makes silly the argument that we are being cruel to them by wanting to send them back where they came from, even if they are “good people.” My property, my say who I want to live on it, and on this trespassers have no legitimate voice.

There are two components of the illegal immigration debate which should never be forgotten. One, by giving rights to illegal immigrants we are devaluing the rights of our own citizens as well as the rights of those who are here with our approval. Two, America is under no obligation to allow anyone into our country, under no obligation to compensate in any way the citizens of the failed governments around the world, including those in our own hemisphere. In fact, had we any obligation to the peoples of less successful countries it would be to encourage their governments to allow, even facilitate, the freedoms that have made America a beacon for their “tired and poor.”

The United States is responsible for making certain that those who enter our country are here not only to benefit themselves but also, and more importantly, to benefit this country. That mandate requires that immigrants come here “through the front door,” learn our language and learn to live within our system of individual responsibility that protect individual rights.

The United States is a nation of laws, not of men. And our laws are, or should be, to benefit our citizens as a population, not to be customized to fit political agendas. The subject of illegal immigration is about our laws, not about their men. Or, to put it another way; it isn’t about the desires of persons, it is about the consent of a nation. If immigrants want the individual rights that being in America legally protects, and to benefit from being “decent, hard-working, etc.,” they need to be here, well, legally — period. And it’s not personal.

Jim Mitchell

28 Oct 2011

http://www.standard.net/stories/2011/10/28/us-nation-laws


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