As Americans are taught growing up, if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime
By Chuck Muth
There are three distinct camps in the illegal immigration war… One group wants to let all those who have broken into this country illegally stay in the country, become citizens, and vote Democrat.
A second group would round up and deport every last one of them. And a third group, the largest, would shut the border and legalize the vast majority who have kept their noses clean since getting here, but withhold the ability to vote for Bernie Sanders for president in November.
I’m in camp #3. Which brings us to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship church in Reno.
According to recent press reports the church provided sanctuary to an illegal immigrant named Jose Gastelum who was facing deportation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, better known by the really cool, literally, name “ICE.”
Jose has lived in Reno illegally for the last 10 years with his American wife and two American children. But unlike the vast majority of those living in the U.S. illegally, Jose didn’t keep his nose
Jose was busted for DUI. And there was concern that if he showed up for a meeting with the ICE guys in January he would be deported. And that “would have split apart his family.”
Which is bunk.
This so-called ripping apart of families is the bleeding heart argument by supporters of illegal immigration to stop the enforcement of our immigration laws. But one of the first things Americans learn growing up is that actions have consequences.
Breaking into the U.S. and driving drunk are against the law. Jose broke the law. Twice. So now he and his family are facing the consequences of his own actions. No one is to blame here other than Jose.
And it simply is not true that enforcing the law would rip Jose’s family apart. Because to the best of my knowledge there is absolutely no reason whatsoever that his wife and children can’t return to his home country with him when he goes.
That said, there’s an argument to be made as to whether or not driving drunk should be a deportable crime up there with murder, rape and armed robbery. But you’ll have to take that up with the MADD gals.
You know who’s really responsible for Jose’s predicament, other than Jose? Democrats in Congress, especially Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.
If they would simply let us fix our broken immigration system without insisting on making every illegal alien a citizen, legalizing, not naturalizing, folks like Jose could have been done YEARS ago.
In conclusion, if Jose’s family doesn’t want to go with him back to his home country, that’s on Jose. As Americans are taught growing up, if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.
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Apparently not all black lives matter after all Young black men in hoodies, not cops, are giving young black men in hoodies a bad name.
Regular readers will recall that I got into a rather heated discussion/argument with Nevada State Sen. Aaron Ford recently over his linking in a tweet to a race-baiting column published by the Huffington Post which gave advice to young black men on how to avoid being shot by racist police officers.
In “27 Things Every Black Person Must Learn Before Age 12,” the race-hustling columnist advised that “There’s a chance you could be shot dead by the police before you’re even arrested for anything” and that you must “Recognize that these lessons don’t apply to your white
The columnist further warned, “Do not wear hoodies,” and explained that “Your blackness will always be the main thing that makes you a threat.”
That bullsh*t column still p*sses me off. Royally. It’s not the hoodie or the young black man’s skin color that makes him a perceived threat.
It’s all the young black men wearing hoodies who commit violent crimes that make young black men wearing hoodies perceived threats.
Case in point..
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on a 28-year-old black father who was gunned down while standing by his car in his apartment complex parking lot recently.
His 7-year-old daughter, who was bringing him some food, found her father, who had been shot several times, on the ground and bleeding.
The father of three died at the hospital. The shooter/killer/murderer “was described as a thin, black male in a black hoodie.”
No police officers were involved in the shooting. Which I can only assume is why Sen. Ford has tweeted nothing about it. I guess not all black lives matter after all.
But they should.
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Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public policy grassroots advocacy organization. He may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.