Monday, May 26, 2008

The Good News/Bad News From The US Border

The good news is that 270 illegal immigrants were sentenced this week to five months in prison for using fake IDs to work in the US.

Despite claims by pro-open-borders boneheads that crimmigrants haven't done anything actually criminal because immigration law violations are civil violations only, this case makes the point I keep repeating: You cannot stay and work in the US without committing numerous criminal acts.

There are 270 crimmigrants who've just figured that out. Let's hope Barack Obama and John McCain eventually do as well.

Speaking of bad news...

Gunshots ring out and sirens shriek, mixing with the ragged breath of muddy, panting humans. Suddenly, the full moon sweeping the ground like a searchlight
reveals a disturbing scene: a group of illegal immigrants being handcuffed and led away by U.S. Border Patrol agents. But the U.S. border is 700 miles from this rugged municipal park in Hidalgo state, a three-hour drive north of Mexico City.

The spectacle unfolding here isn't an actual border crossing attempt but a live simulation-adventure that attempts to give participants a taste of what it's like for the thousands of Mexican and other Latin American undocumented migrants trying to enter the promised land of "el norte."

Dubbed the "Caminata Nocturna" (Night Hike), the three-hour simulation is a combination obstacle course, sociology lesson and PG-rated family outing.

You gotta love the Mexican "family values" on display in this story. My favorite quote from this story comes from a Mexican school teacher:

"It [sneaking into the US illegally] is part of our culture, and it's important to know it."

Breaking into the US, stealing a job from a legal immigrant and committing identity fraud on some US taxpayer's Social Security number--that's not a crime. It's a culture.

I feel much better about it now.