In New Mexico, as of mid-December, 2013, there is a controversy in progress between the governor and American citizens on one side, and the legislature and illegal aliens on the other. At one point, NM was one of three states to issue driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. The reasoning for passage of this law was that it would allow them to buy insurance, which would “make our children safer.” (Yes, there it is, the children card, second only to the race card in statist polemics.)
In addressing this controversy, I’m going to play a game called, “Go down a road to nowhere so you can see how stupid it is, then lay out a real solution.” In the interest of preventing undue frustration, here is the last paragraph of this essay: “As much fun as all of the above sounds like, it is totally, absolutely futile to even discuss ANY solution until the border is closed, and I mean closed tight. So far, very few politicians in the US have the guts to even discuss that, so all of this wrangling over driver’s licenses, voting rights, ID cards, Obamacare, free education, and so on is a painfully obscene waste of time.”
Now that you know where we’re going, let’s start this crazy ride.
Astonishingly enough, the liberal argument was flawed. For one thing, many legal citizens in the state don’t have insurance, so one wonders why, if having a license guarantees drivers will get insurance, why is it so ineffective on them. There is also the idiotic assumption explicit in the statist argument that having insurance will prevent accidents. Our previous governor, Bill Richardson, declared the state to be a sanctuary, meaning that anyone who violates federal immigration law could find refuge here. (Why do liberals think it’s okay for a governor to refuse to enforce federal law, but have a screaming hemorrhage when a governor DOES enforce that law?)
Giving illegal aliens driver’s licenses made the NM driver’s license utterly useless as a form of ID because of the thousands of bogus ones floating around. Illegal aliens were coming here from all over the country to get licenses, and there are documented cases of some enterprising individuals getting 20 or 30 licenses, and selling them in other states. When New Mexicans travelled out of state and presented their licenses as ID, they were laughed at.
Both houses of the state legislature are heavily dominated by liberal fascists who have swatted down our governor’s efforts to repeal the Make a Mockery of New Mexico’s License Law three years running. The debate now is whether the governor should just give up and let it happen, or keep fighting. A large majority of the legal citizens of the state favor fighting it out, and an unknown percentage of illegal aliens want her to leave them alone. So far, the latter have had much more influence on the legislators than have the former.
I personally favor fighting it out, and getting as nasty and immoral as the opposition if necessary. (Illegals have threatened mob violence and even threatened violence against specific citizens over this. Given the fact that unknown thousands of drug cartel enforcers are in our midst, those threats have serious cred.)
We have come to a point where there are no easy solutions. We have taken the easy way out for so long, there are no more easy ways left. We have two choices. First, we can close the border, strike down all amnesty and sanctuary laws, and go to work cutting the illegals out of the crowd. Or we can throw open the border, strike down all immigration laws, and let anyone and everyone come and go at their pleasure, with no restrictions or penalties.
If we try to take a middle course, it will be a road to madness. For example, let’s say we declare anyone who has been in the US for ten years with no felony convictions a citizen, or automatically eligible to take the citizenship test. Every one of those tens of millions of people is going to say, “I’ve been here more than ten years and have no felony convictions.” Well, you know sure as anything that some of them are lying. But which ones? How do you determine which ones really are eligible? We don’t want to deport people who really do meet the criteria we have set, so we are morally obliged to figure out who is eligible and who is lying.
To make such a determination, there must be a hearing – for every flippin’ one of those 30-million or however many there are. Every hearing must have a judge who knows the law. Every judge must be duly sworn, have an office, a staff, a courtroom, a bailiff, a telephone, a computer, a hammer, and so on. How many such judges will it take to hear all 30 million cases? How about appeals? Is anyone silly enough to think some of these people – the criminals among them, at least – haven’t figured out how to game the system? They will appeal and appeal and appeal. It will take a cadre of a thousand judges a hundred years just to hear the cases! But it’s not over yet. Let’s say Judge Brown tells some guy he has to get out of the country. Do we take the guy into custody right then? If so, it will require a bailiff or sheriff, a jail, a bus, a driver (with all the overhead that entails). Knowing the guy will appeal, we either have to release him on the spot or shortly thereafter. In the appeal, the accused will have a lawyer, which means the state will have to have a prosecutor, and every prosecutor will have to have all the same things the judges need except a hammer. We must already be up to many thousands of government employees.
Now consider this. You’ve got a guy who is in the country illegally, but who has figured out how to get along and be invisible. You’ve sentenced him to deportation, so he knows exactly what you have in mind for him. Then you’ve turned him loose - released him into a countryside that is saturated with 30 million others like him. How do you propose to find him in order to enforce the deportation order? How many more government employees are we talking about, now?
And all of that is assuming all 30 million of these people voluntarily take themselves to the courthouse so they can run the risk of deportation. I would imagine that at least some of them will say, “Screw that,” and go dark, which means we’ll have to find them, and how do you do that without shredding the Constitution? You can’t just go rounding up anyone who looks like a Mexican, because if you snag one of my Marine Corps brothers whose family has been here since before Jamestown was founded, you’re going to have to fight me, too. Besides, not all illegal aliens are Mexicans!
So. You’ve got to find them, try them, keep track of them through the appeal process, and either kick them out or let them go. You’re going to need tens of thousands of people and many, many years. Oh, and don’t forget that with the border standing open, they’ll be coming in faster than you can process ‘em out!
As much fun as all of the above sounds like, it is totally, absolutely futile to even discuss ANY solution until the border is closed, and I mean closed tight. So far, very few politicians in the US have the guts to even discuss that, so all of this wrangling over driver’s licenses, voting rights, ID cards, Obamacare, free education, and so on is a painfully obscene waste of time.
19 Dec., 2013