–Undocumented immigrants

By now the world has seen the video: A little girl asked Mrs. Obama why the president was “taking everybody away that doesn’t have papers.”

“That’s something that we have to work on, right? To make sure that people can be here with the right kind of papers,” Mrs. Obama said.

“But my mom doesn’t have any papers,” the student said. In an interview conducted after the event, the 7-year old girl told a reporter: “I’m a big girl and I don’t want to be left with nothing. I could almost die.”

The right believes the law is sacred. The left believes people are sacred. Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas believe in “original intent.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the both world and the Constitution have changed markedly. The right feels law changes are Congress’s domain. The left feels Congress often violates the Constitution, which is the reason for the Supreme Court.

And while those august ladies and gentlemen debate arcane passages and footnotes and what Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison et al “really meant” in 1787, and whether or not those intentions apply to today’s world, and while Arizona will expend a great deal of time, money and effort to increase deportations, a little girl, an American citizen, worries that her mother may be deported.

And I wonder, why do we choose to hunt down and deport undocumented immigrants? Do undocumented immigrants cause more problems, commit more crimes, take more jobs, than documented immigrants from the same country? Why is gaining documentation so difficult? Does the many-year’s wait add to our wealth or security? Would America be a better, safer, wealthier, more productive place if we could get rid of undocumented immigrants?

Any thoughts?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

2 thoughts on “–Undocumented immigrants

  1. From AZ:

    [Latino] Mayor Phil Gordon of Phoenix, speaking at Harvard Law School on February 5th, said that the steady flow of illegal immigrants into his city has created a crisis situation that is extremely dangerous for local law enforcement and a devastating drain on the city’s budget. Although by statistical measures Phoenix is one of the safest cities in the United States, it has experienced a wave of kidnapping and violent crimes that have challenged its law enforcement capacity.

    The problem, said Mayor Gordon, is the violent behavior of the “coyotes” involved in human trafficking operations from across the nearby Mexican border, who regularly kidnap, torture, rape and kill those who do not comply with their extortion, sometimes forcing captives to dig their own graves while awaiting either freedom or death.

    According to Gordon, over 20,000 people, including women and children, have been rescued by Phoenix police over the last three years from “drop houses” where dozens or even hundreds are held captive or even tortured�

    Gordon said that the fight against the coyotes’ organized crime has forced the city to hire over 600 additional police officers� The cost to Phoenix of employing� 150 [of these] officers, over $15 million dollars a year, is not reimbursed by the federal government and threatens to force reductions in city services like libraries and after school programs�

    Matthew W. Hutchins
    The Harvard Law Record
    Feb. 12, 2010

    Read more: http://www.modbee.com/2010/05/17/1171119/a-mexican-president-in-congress.html#ixzz0oX6Q3sXc


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