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What "Illegal Immigration" is really all about.

A 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."

My response:

"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 turn!!"

"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.

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