Sunday, May 29, 2011

The DNC chairperson, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz accuses Republicans of wanting to make it a crime to be an undocumented, i.e. illegal, immigrant, or alien. How much more out of touch can you get? In their minds, Democrats have already repealed the immigration laws, just by refusing to recognize them. Simple. Maybe the rest of us should do the same to them, just by voting as if they weren't on the ballot.

I decided to check whether illegal immigration is really a crime. According to FAIR Immigration and Nationality Act Section 237 (a)(1)(B) states: "Any alien [i.e. "immigrant"] who is present in the United States in violation of this Act or any other law of the United States is deportable." So is being deportable the same as a crime? Well, you're subject to arrest and detention for it, and if found guilty of violating the act, you get deported, which is not what we do to most criminals, but is still quite a tough legal penalty affecting one's personal freedom, which is what prison is, being kicked out of society.


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