I’ve been seeing comments all over the place – here, at other local blogs – that say basically just that. Breaking the law is breaking the law. I was going to just leave this as a comment, but more than one person has said it and I’m hoping for elaborations/explanations.
On the surface, it seems pretty impossible to argue with – illegal immigrants are exactly that. But I’m not sure it’s right, and I know there is more to the immigration issue.
What if it were a felony to drive your car over the speed limit? It is ILLEGAL to do so. If you drive 56 mph in a 55 zone, should your car be taken away forever? Should your children be punished because you broke the law? (This is merely the first example I thought of, but it seems like a decent one.)
I am really not sure what my stance is on immigration. But I think that dismissing the protests on such vague grounds is a dangerous thing. Of course doing something illegal is illegal. But I thought the protests were about the severity of punishments, not about receiving special treatment. That is, I though protesters were opposed to making illegal residency a felony, not trying to make it legal.
Am I missing something?