Immigration Excuses

By Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell

California –-(Ammoland.com)- One of the most lame excuses for doing nothing is that we can't do everything.

Such excuses have been repeated endlessly, even by some conservatives, when it comes to illegal immigration.

We can't deport millions of illegal immigrants already living in the country, some say, so the wise thing is to just learn to live with them, according to the supposedly sophisticated crowd.

This completely sidesteps the plain, obvious and galling fact that we are not deporting those illegal immigrants who are arrested by the police for violating other laws — and are then turned loose back into American society. In so-called “sanctuary cities” across the country, local police are under orders not to report illegal immigrants to the federal authorities.

Nobody has a right to obstruct justice when it comes to federal laws — not even the President of the United States, as Richard Nixon discovered when he had to resign after Democrats threatened him with impeachment and Republican Senators told him that they would not defend him.

Today, any mayor of any city of any size across the country can publicly announce that he is going to obstruct federal laws against illegal immigrants — and then bask in a glow of self-satisfaction and the prospect of winning votes.

Even people who are gung-ho to punish employers who do not take on the role of immigration police, for which they have neither training nor authority, are often ready to overlook elected officials who do have both the duty and the authority to uphold the laws, but openly refuse to do so.

The federal government itself, under the Obama administration, has refused to enforce immigration laws, and has ordered its own agents to back off when it comes to enforcing some laws that President Obama happens not to like.

Then there is also what might be called the pretense of enforcement — when people who have been caught illegally entering the country are turned loose inside the country and told to report back to a court later on. How surprised should we be when they don't?

One of the most widely known abuses of the immigration laws is the creation of “anchor babies” to get automatic citizenship when a pregnant woman simply crosses the U.S. border to have her child born on American soil. This is not limited to people who cross the Mexican border. Some are flown in from Asia to waiting posh facilities.

Not only do their children get automatic American citizenship without having to meet any requirements, this also increases the opportunities for other family members to gain admission later on, in the name of “family reunification.”

This is such an obvious racket, and so widely known, for so long, that you might think our “responsible” leaders would agree that it should be stopped. But, here again, there are excuses rather than action.

One distinguished conservative commentator even said recently that this is such a small problem that it is not worth bothering with.

The anger of Americans who feel betrayed by their own elected officials is not a small thing. It goes to the heart of what self-government by “we the people” is supposed to mean.

To say that it is a small thing is even worse than saying that we can't do anything about it. We certainly can't do anything about it if we won't lift a finger to try.

Some legal authorities say that the 14th Amendment confers automatic citizenship on anyone born on American soil. But the very authors of that Amendment said otherwise. And some distinguished legal scholars today, including Professor Lino Graglia of the University of Texas Law School, say otherwise.

Even if it were necessary to revise the 14th Amendment, it is sheer Progressive era dogma that Constitutional Amendments are nearly impossible to revise, repeal or create. There were four new Constitutional Amendments added in just eight years, during the height of the Progressive era in the early 20th century.

But it is indeed impossible if you are just looking for excuses for not trying. Republicans who are worried about Donald Trump should be ( read Tump's Immigration Plan) . But their own repeated betrayals of their supporters set the stage for his emergence. This goes all the way back to “Read my lips, no new taxes.”

About Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, as well as a prolific author including Black Rednecks And White Liberals. His website is www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read his articles visit his website above.

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    Greg
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    They are all criminals, and need to be kicked out of this country. I know it will not happen, but the laws should be enforced completely. Obama, you, and your crew, are criminals. You are not better than any of these criminals who cross the border, because you do not follow the law.

    Ed
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    Ed

    It’s absurd that anyone should benefit from our laws as the result of any illegal acts. Semantics and word games be damned. Criminals’ babies are not subject to our laws or to the benefits of those laws either. Well done, Mr. Sowell.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    So a USA born female who is a convicted felon has a child and said child is not a U.S. citizen? Better have a re-think on your position…….

    james
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    james

    Illegal Aliens are not slaves so the 14th will not apply.

    The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments. The amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws, and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War.

    The daughter of the drug kingpin in Mexico came to Texas, have her baby and then paid her hospital bill and then left with her US Citizen baby to return to Mexico.

    james
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    james

    The are ILLEGAL ALIENS, they are not immigrants. Start deporting all the criminal ILEGAL ALIENS first, you all know who I mean, the people with multiple arrests, convictions, jail time and multiple deportations under their belts. They are the criminal element. If they return they will be convicted and put in prison, not Club Fed prison but Club Arpaio prisons, tent city with multiple electric fences, no cable tv, no air conditioning. If our troops can live in tents and fight ISIS these criminals will be living large at Camp Arpaio type prisons setup in Texas and all border states.… Read more »

    oldshooter
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    oldshooter

    It seems to me that it should be possible to deal with “anchor babies,” in large measure, without doing anything beyond the scope of an executive order regarding our government’s policy on providing US benefits to minors. For example, my daughter, born while I was living in Japan, was therefore, eligible for both Japanese citizenship and American citizenship, and had to choose (since neither country recognizes “dual citizenship”) when she became an adult and sought a passport. UNTIL she turned 21, she took the citizenship of my wife and I (American). By the same reasoning, an “anchor baby” should take… Read more »

    CDR C
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    CDR C

    I my wife and I rob a bank, then die, does our child (heir / estate) get to keep the stolen money? Of course not. So, if one is here illegally, and has a baby, that baby is not legitimately a US Citizen.

    We are SO screwed…………….

    fmark
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    fmark

    I really thought this site was about guns and ammo. Now it is filled with all these half truths by far right “holier than thou” wackos. Politics is all about hearing what you want to hear and disregarding the rest. I want info on guns and ammo and not politics!

    Janek
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    Janek

    The title of the posting is Immigration Excuses. You knew it wasn’t “info on guns and ammo”, so why did you read it? I’ll tell you why – deep down in your heart you know the political direction of this country may bring us to the juncture when “guns and ammo” are verboten!

    Janek
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    Janek

    Wake up! We’re no longer living under Democracy and ‘Rule of Law’, we’re living under Democratic ‘Mob Rule’ and their interpretation of the Constitution.

    TwoDrinkMinimum
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    TwoDrinkMinimum

    Correct me if I’m wrong? But isn’t Bobby Jindal, an “Anchor Baby”!

    Grm
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    Grm

    Yes, Piyush Jindal is indeed an anchor baby, as well as db affirmative action GOP celebrity. All turban and no sacred cattle!

    Dennis Rymon
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    Dennis Rymon

    While it is true that the 14th amendment was written with freedmen only in mind, the authors wrote what they wrote. Once again we are faced with the intent over the text, as we were with the Supreme Courts latest ruling on Obamacare subsidies. Maybe we need to elect novelists instead of attorneys.

    Michael
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    @ Dennis Rymon.

    Incorrect Sir, the 14th Amendment was ratified into Law in 9 June 1868 by President Andrew Johnson. Three-Years after the Civil War, it INCLUDES Former Slaves.

    Reinerius
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    Reinerius

    @ Michael: Sir, SCOTUS ruling, Afroyim v Rusk, clearly states the prime intent of the 14th is to protect the citizenship of freed negro slaves. Citizenship for illegals crossing our southern border and dropping their litters on our soil, was neither expressed nor implied. Further, during the Nuremberg War Trials, American Justice, Michael Musmano, denied a motion by attorneys for Nazi war ciminals to use our 5th Amendment, refusing to testify. Justice Musmano correctly ruled, our Founding Documents (which includes the 14th Amendment) are NOT universal, and apply ONLY to American citizens. To translate: Mexican or OTM illegal “crimigrant” interlopers… Read more »

    Larry M.
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    Larry M.

    Incorrect indeed, and on several counts. Why are we so driven to seek the deeper “intent” of all written laws? It is plain language, written clearly, which states aliens are not privileged to the blessing of citizenship simply by being born in the USA. Let’s stop this “intent” jive and just read and comprehend the language as written. Modern judges suffer from the times in which they judge; they all think they can “out think” the founders of this great nation. In your dreams.

    DrSique
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    DrSique

    You’re right, it does say what it says. And, it says “subject to the jurisdiction thereof”. This is why American Indians were initially left out of citizenship, because they were subject to their own tribal laws. This is why foreign consulate staffers are still left withour American Citizenship, because they are subject to the laws of their own countries. So, in fact, are illegal aliens. They cannot vote, serve in our military or participate in a host of other citizenship based activities. Only the far left and absolute morons( redundant, I know) push to continue giving away such a privilege… Read more »