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The "Right" to Illegality
Columbia (SC) Free Times ^ | 04/09/06 | Michael Graham

Posted on 04/09/2006 9:01:29 AM PDT by Salo

The "Right" to Illegality

"We believe that immigrants, like women and like African-Americans before them, have rights in this country, and the time is ripe for a new civil rights moment." ‹ U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy

I have a dream.

I have a dream that, one day, Martin Luther King Jr. is going to rise from his grave, walk up to Sen. Ted Kennedy and say "nonviolent, my ass" and punch the senator right in the mouth.

"A new civil rights movement?" Immigrants are "like African-Americans before them?" Is the senile senator from Massachusetts out of his pickled little mind? I'm a geeky white guy from South Carolina whose ancestors probably supported segregation, and I'm outraged over this idiotic insult.

Jim Crow was offensive and unforgivable because it stripped away basic rights from people entitled to them by their citizenship. Every citizen has the right to vote, but black citizens were denied it. Every citizen has the right to service from the public school system, but black citizens were denied it.

How could one American citizen do this to another? That was the source of the outrage.

If I understand Sen. Kennedy correctly, he says that not letting Manuel from Mexico enjoy the rights of American citizenship is the same as preventing actual Americans who happened to be black from having those rights. Which means either black Americans were never really entitled to the rights denied them; or that everyone on the planet has the right to be an American, and we citizens are not allowed to control our own borders.

Both ideas are idiotic; I'm just trying to figure out which one is the most offensive.

For two weeks now I've been reading news stories about the "immigrants rights" movement, exemplified by citizens of foreign countries marching with foreign flags and screaming at me in a foreign language about how mad they are over how I run my country.

Well, not to be stupid, but exactly what "rights" do illegal aliens have here in the United States? I've scoured the Constitution from preamble to post-script and I can't find any. You're an immigration criminal. You're working illegally for an employer who broke the law by hiring you. Taxes aren't being paid, but your kids are being born in taxpayer-funded public hospitals and attending taxpayers' schools.

What are your "rights?" The right to dignity? I will happily stick you on a bus for home in a highly dignified manner. The right to respect? I will gladly call you "sir" and "ma'am" as I respectfully kick your illegal assets back to your home country.

Advocates for illegals insist that they have rights like "the right not to die of thirst in the desert" or "the right not to be killed by smugglers".

OK, fine. Don't want to thirst to death in the desert? Then don't walk across it trying to sneak into the United States. Don't want to get stuffed into a spare tire holder and abandoned on the side of the road by a smuggler? Then don't hire him to smuggle you across the border. Voila!

But if you're going to insist on sneaking across the border and evading law enforcement and working off the books as an illegal, then your "right" to die in the desert or get beaten by druggies is back in play. That's how it's supposed to be. That's justice.

Injustice isn't what happens when a criminal alien suffers the consequences of his illegal acts. The real injustice is what amnesty supporters like Sen. Kennedy want: giving illegals the same respect, rights and privileges that we give the many legal immigrants who enter our country each year. Millions come for visits and vacations, thousands come (legally) to work, and the vast majority obeys the law. They are our guests. They deserve courtesy and respect.

Illegal immigrants aren't guests; they're gate crashers. They are, by definition, liars and cheaters. They deserve nothing, except the quickest possible trip back home.

I recently heard an illegal alien from Brazil say he supports amnesty because, "I don't want to be illegal. Nobody does."

This is a lie. Of course he wants to be illegal. That's why he's here. If he really didn't want to be illegal, he'd be back in Brazil. Instant legality.

What he meant to say was, "As much as I'd like to be legal, I'd like to not live in Brazil even more." And having seen what the people of Brazil, Mexico, etc. have done with their countries, I understand his feeling.

What I don't understand is, where did the people who turned their home countries into Third World rat holes get the "civil right" to do the same to mine?

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegal; illegalaliens; immigrantlist; kayak; righttoillegality
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To: ideas_over_party

Oh, I know. I now live in Minnesota, overrun with Mexicans, if you can believe it. But Gov. Pawlenty has done a great job of drawing the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. Thank goodness.

22 posted on 04/09/2006 10:33:59 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: Salo
I've been on this subject like a duck on a Junebug, since November, 2003. My latest article is in the link below. It and two prior articles on 22 April, 2006, and 20 November, 2003, are nationally published on

The simple truth is this: "A nation which cannot control its borders, cannot control its destiny." Any bill that might pass through Congress which doesn't recognize that truth, is a fraud, and one more step in the destruction of America.

P.S. I have an early primary for Congress in the 11th District of North Carolina, 2 May, less than a month away. Please visit my website in the tagline, and help however you can.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article: "The Ed McMahon Solution for Illegal Aliens"

24 posted on 04/09/2006 10:38:55 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (
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To: definitelynotaliberal
The pattern seems to be, thwart people attempting to abide by the law coming here, and look the other way at law breaking illegals. So many are united in pushing hard to turn this country upside down.

So much for domestic tranquility...

Oh, and I pray you'll get your citizenship.

25 posted on 04/09/2006 10:48:06 AM PDT by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: ideas_over_party

Really? Jeff Sessions, J.D. Hayworth, T. Pawlenty and who else? So many are not there anymore. I would somersault naked all through town if J.C. Watts came back.

Actually, I wouldn't because I am entirely too law-abiding, but I like to say it ;-)

26 posted on 04/09/2006 11:16:15 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: monkeywrench

You know, I wonder about that. I think all the time about what makes this country so fabulous (the presence of liberal notwithstanding). These others who come here protesting in their Che Guevara T-shirt and their Revolucion es la solucion placards, do they ever think about what it will be like if they start acting here the way they do in their squalid home countries?

Thank you for your kind thoughts about my citizenship.

27 posted on 04/09/2006 11:19:07 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: Mike Darancette; Squantos

1860: "But without African slaves, who will pick the cotton?"

2006: "But without illegal aliens, who will pick the lettuce?"

29 posted on 04/09/2006 1:24:29 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- ---)
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To: Travis McGee
1860: Doing jobs that white men won't do.

2006: Doing jobs that Americans won't do.

30 posted on 04/09/2006 2:23:06 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Proud soldier in the American Army of Occupation..)
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To: Travis McGee

1960: "If we'd known it was going to be this much trouble, we would have picked our own damn cotton"

31 posted on 04/10/2006 3:31:35 AM PDT by NonLinear (He's dead, Jim)
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To: Mike Darancette


32 posted on 04/10/2006 7:21:33 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--- ---)
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