Sunday Notes of Note
McNickle, Colin, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
John McCain would be wise to find a screwdriver to tighten the loose screw that remains his philosophy regarding illegal aliens.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee continues to insist that deporting illegal aliens is not feasible.
"We're not going to round up 10 million people, my friends, and deport them immediately," he said. "We don't have the capacity to do so."
Actually, the number is more like 20 million illegals. But the senator spews the same false argument as some of the most liberal apologists for amnesty. Nobody's suggesting such a technically impossible feat as an immediate mass roundup. That Sen. McCain more than suggests they are is intellectually dishonest.
What a majority of the good and law-abiding legal citizens are suggesting is that enforcement be stepped up, as the feds recently have been doing, and that we start whittling away at the illegal horde, one illegal at a time.
Sears likely will have a sale on Craftsman screwdrivers in advance of Father's Day. Perhaps the McCain kids will take the hint.
This same kind of intellectual vapidity is on display by Raquel Aldana, a University of Nevada Las Vegas law professor and board member of the Society of American Law Teachers.
She chides the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) for arresting nearly 400 illegal aliens during a recent raid at a Postville, Iowa, meatpacking plant. Such raids, she says, "are leading our nation to a moral, legal and humanitarian crisis."
Enforcing the law is "a moral, legal and humanitarian crisis"?
These law-breaking illegal aliens aren't to blame, Ms. Aldana says of ICE's "heavy handed enforcement"; the real culprit is this country's "shameful" and "failed immigration reform."
These and other illegal aliens' lawbreaking is justified because, GASP!, the federal government places limits on the number of foreigners it allows into the United States. Well, imagine that!
But wait! Counselor Aldana isn't done yet. She calls the Iowa roundup an "unprecedented criminalization of undocumented workers." Furthermore, she more than intimates that the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth-Amendment "rights" of these workers have been violated.
They're ILLEGALS, for cryin' out loud!
You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried.
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