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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Morality and Illegal Immigration

Timothy Birdnow

Over at Conservative HQ they ran a poll of conservatives, asking whether they agreed with Newt Gingrich's

comments on illegal immigrants. The question was;

“In the last Republican presidential debate, New Gingrich said: ’If you've come here recently, you have

no ties to this country, you ought to go home period. If you've been here 25 years and you got three

kids, two grandkids, paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church -- I don't think we're

going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out.’ Do you agree or


The results showed a fairly even split, with 46% agree,46% disagree, and 7% undecided.

Of course, this is an example of the old adage (coined by English Judge Robert Rolf in the 1842 case

Winterbottom vs. Wright and later echoed by Oliver Wendell Holmes) that "hard cases make bad law" and

Gingrich choice of an extraordinarily hard case suggests he may be amenable to bad law. Of course, if this

adage is true, can it not likewise be argued that bad law makes hard cases? We have had very bad law for a

very long time on this illegal invasion issue, and so now perhaps we may find a few such cases as Gingrich

chooses to illustrate.

For those who do not remember, Mr. Gingrich had this to say;

"I don’t see how the . . . party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration

policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter-century . . . and I'm prepared to take the

heat for saying, let's be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship but by finding a way

to create legality so that they are not separated from their families."


One of the commentors at CHQ brought up the argument about Christian morality:

"Having been a daily reader and life-long student of the Bible I have to say that the scripture admonishes us many times to show kindness to " the Stranger" among us . I am conservative and my conservatism is biblically founded and rooted. Not thugs and drug cartels but to the stranger ,to the sojourner among us we must be kind and merciful. My own distant kin fled here from Ireland after signing into indentured servitude to a rich landowner for 10 years . After working for only 7 the owner released him and gave him a 40 acre parcel beside his own because of his hard work and dedication .

He stated that he wanted his daughters to marry Gramps sons and his sons to marry his daughters which one did . They are my family . And I am not ashamed to say that we started out as slaves ."

End comment.

This has been the tactic of the open borders/internationalist crowd; Christians cannot oppose illegal immigration without being unChristian. But is this true?

According to the Gospels, Jesus stated quite plainly;

"John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that enters not through the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber."

End quote.

So Jesus understood that there was a right way into places and a wrong way. While in this instance he was speaking of Heaven as the sheepfold, or the Church, it is interesting nonetheless. Illegal immigrants have entered not as friends, not as invited guests, not as would-be citizens, but as thieves and robbers. They have come to plunder our wealth. They take American jobs, use American services like police, fire protection, military defense. They use our hospitals for free. They take up our jail space. They break our laws. They use up our charitable services, those intended for our lame and poor. And they generally have never paid into the systems. Oh, and they bid wages down, making it harder for those already here to earn a living.

Cheap labor also stymies innovation and automation. Why purchase machines to do a tedious job when you can use cheap migrant labor? As a result, we suffer economic stagnation. This happened in the antebellum South, the gift of slavery. There was a reason why the South was so far behind the North in terms of industrial development; they were stuck with this unproductive distribution of labor. Slavery wasn't profitable, although it seemed to be necessary. In the end, it dragged down wages, driving all the productive workers out, or discouraging them from enterprise. Illegal immigration does much the same in the industries heavily influenced by it.

All of these are the gifts of illegal immigration. And it cannot be claimed to be moral to support it in any case; is it moral to force people to wander the Earth in search of sustenence? Is it moral to allow Mexico to continue in it's corrupt socialist ways at the expense of these people and of the American People? Mexico need not reform as long as she can pawn her problems off on us. We are enablers, as bad as any drug addicts wife. This is a situation calling for tough love. Mexico will never reform until it is forced to do so. If we continue to accept millions of Mexican poor and uneducated (and criminals) we provide the means for Mexico to continue doping up with socialism.

Thieves and robbers indeed!

A visit to the Old Testament makes an even stronger case against allowing this situation to continue.

In the Book of Genesis Abraham is admonished;

12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any foreigner, that is not of thy seed.
13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised; and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant"

So ALL MALES were to be circumcised. If you lived with Abraham you had to be as a son of Abraham.

And later, after Yahweh delivered the Israelites from Egypt, this command was renewed.

Exodus 12 48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land; but no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.
49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.'


God commanded that strangers either become Israelites or not be allowed to enjoy the blessings of Israel. Yet Americans are not requiring that of the illegals; quite the contrary. Many illegals dream of creating a new nation, hispanic in character, Spanish in language, out of parts of the United States. They even have a name for it - Aztlan.

MEChA is a "student" group dedicated to the "Reconquista". Now, they aren't in Mexico, or any other Latin American nation, but here in the U.S. These are the children born largely to illegal aliens given free or reduced cost education by the nation they have sworn to dismantle.

From their website:

"We, as Mechistas, see the process of Chicanismo as evolutionary. We recognize that no one is born politically Chicana or Chicano. Chicanismo results from a decision based on a political consciousness for our Raza, to dedicate oneself to building a Chicana/Chicano Nation. Chicanismo is a concept that integrates self-awareness with cultural identity, a necessary step in developing political consciousness. Therefore the term Chicano is grounded in a philosophy, not a nationality. Chicanismo does not exclude anyone, rather it includes those who acknowledge and work toward the betterment of La Raza.

Chicanismo involves a personal decision to reject assimilation and work towards the preservation of our cultural heritage. Recognizing that all people are potential Chicanas and Chicanos, we encourage those interested in developing a total commitment to our movement for self-determination for the people of Aztlán to join Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán

Thus, by all means necessary, We Chicana/Chicano estudiantes or Aztlán, dedicate ourselves to taking our educational destiny into our own hands through the process of spreading Chicanismo, in the spirit of carnalismo.

MEChA is committed to ending the cultural tyranny suffered at the hands of institutional and systematic discrimination that holds our Gente captive. We seek an end to oppression and exploitation of the Chicano/Chicana community.

As Mechistas, we proclaim that we are the people of Aztlán and that we recognize our indigenous unity with our brothers and sisters of Ixachitzlan (Alaska to Tierra del Fuego). We declare that we are the descendants of El Quinto Sol. Our fundamental drive is to organize and challenge Chicana/Chicano estudiantes to maintain self-respect and dignity to overcome historical prejudices and discrimination against the Chicana and Chicano Gente. The historic mission of MEChA involves an educational plan of action that builds an educational ladder for the advancement of our people. Recognizing that the strength of our movement is rooted in our barrios, MEChA pledges itself to reach out to the community and schools, to establish new educational opportunities. We also recognize that our MEChA chapters are much stronger when they are rooted in and accountable to the Chicana/Chicano community. Consequently, We, Mechistas commit ourselves to return to our community and contribute to the development of the Chicana/Chicano Nation."

End excerpt.

Note they do not even renounce violence.

As Robert Stacy McCain So eloquently points out in his thousand-word saving essay;

This may not be the thinking of every illegal immigrant, but far too many are here to milk America for what she is worth, rather than to join us. There is little desire to be American except to advance economic interests.

Now, this has happened in the past; Italian immigrants, for instance, were encouraged by their government to come here, prosper, and return home wealthy. Few amassed enough wealth to leave, but the promise to unemployed peoples had a powerful attraction. Many Italian immigrants took several generations to assimilate because of this; there was no great desire to become American. A good friend of my father's had a mother who spoke almost no English, in spite of being born and raised here, for example.

But the Italians were not the flood of immigrants like the current hispanic illegals. They would eventually assimilate out of necessity. But can a mass of 12 to 20 million assimilate? Do they even want to?

THAT is why the Almighty demanded Judaizing of peoples in Israel, and why we should demand Americanization today. No, we do not want to be hard-hearted. No, we do not want to turn away those in need. But neither are we required to committ national suicide. We have a right, nay, a moral duty to pass on what we have been given to future generations. That duty requires us to maintain our national integrity, and that means we have to restrict immigration.

Anything else would be horribly immoral.

Jesus once told a parable about the Good Samaritan, a foreigner who aided an injured man. The Samaritan did not, be it noted, bring the unfortunate Jew home with him, but rather put him up in an inn. I think Jesus was trying to illustrate a point here; we are duty bound to help our fellow man, but we are not duty bound, nay, we should not, adulterate our own beliefs, our own heritage, and way of life. We are not duty bound to change for the stranger among us - especially those who have chosen to sojourne rather than those forced here by circumstances.

If they meant us well they would come through the gate. As they have not, they are robbers and thieves.

We would do well to remember that.

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