|The innumerable Santorums|
Irony alert. There's something very odd about the fact that Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are so passionate about stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into this country. In the last debate they both attacked Newt "let's have an open marriage" Gingrich, who thinks we shouldn't deport people who have been in this country illegally for 25 years. After all, says Gingrich, these folks have ties to family and community. It would be cruel and un-Christian to send them home. No, no, no, Romney and Santorum say, we've got to make the miscreants go home and get at the end of the line. Build a fence, keep 'em out, blah blah blah.
You can see from the pictures where I'm going with this. Mitt Romney has 5 children and a zillion grandchildren. Rick Santorum has 7
|The innumerable Romneys|
Some laws prohibit inherently bad behavior. It's critical not to break the law against killing your neighbor. But some laws are essentially arbitrary, even if practically necessary. There's nothing inherently wrong with crossing the US-Mexico border. It's completely a question of luck which side you were born on, and where the line is drawn in the first place. It makes sense that we have immigration laws, but how could it be an extremely grave offense to break these laws? When you consider that people break them for respectable reasons--to escape poverty, to give their children a much better life--that's got to temper your judgment even further.
If R&S are just concerned about law-breaking, not US over-population--and that must be the case, given their large families--they're too concerned. Deporting people who have lived here for 25 years is cruel and unusual punishment, considering that they stepped across an arbitrarily drawn line for a perfectly good reason. If, on the other hand, they are worried about pressure on US services and resources, then what's with their big families?