Colorado Republican argued against open immigration by saying "America
is a nation of immigrants AND a nation of laws. We are a sovereign
nation with a right to control our borders."
"We are a nation of laws AND a nation of street-crossers! Of course we
like and appreciate street-crossers, we're all where we are because our
forebears crossed a street!"
"But we need some regulation of this street-crossing or all would be chaos!"
"So, here, fill out these 25 forms. You don't understand them? Don't
worry, if you make a mistake we'll let you know but you will have to go
back to the end of the line. Oh, yes, you can hire a few attorneys to
help you. And, we don't want chaos, so we only allow 10,000 people a
year to cross the street. We expect your wait to only be five to ten
years. But after that, we will be happy to allow you to cross the
street! You say your house burned down and you're trying to cross the
street in order to move into a new apartment? Well, we all have
problems, but remember, we are a nation of laws! Are you some kind of
criminal rabble, you don't respect our laws and our process? Wait your
"And once you get your permission to cross the street,
would you be so kind as to cross the street down there at that entry
point 20 miles down the road? Thanks!"
With laws like
that - and these are not really exaggerations - any rational person
would expect the average joe to jaywalk, all day, every day.
And that is "illegal immigration" in a nutshell.