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Responding to ID's comment (09/29/06), I'm afraid the point it misses in quoting the Declaration of Independence is to ignore the context under which that document was drafted. It further fails to take into consideration whether or not illegal aliens have legal standing to redress their disagreement with US immigration law in the courts. ID's editorial appears to treat the subject as though the entire world were just one huge body politic, with all men being subject to and entitled to redress their grievances throughout the world, anywhere they choose. Such is just not the case. I believe that it again misses the point when, as it states, "David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi . . . " (neither of which were lawyers or jurists, but rather visionaries, philosophers and poets), " ... held that when there is a conflict between natural law as perceived by an individual, and civil law, the individual should not merely criticize that law and make an effort to have it reformed, but he is obliged to in fact actively disobey the unjust law." They were undoubtedly talking about "individuals" who actually had legal standing to criticize the laws of a country by virtue of being citizens of the country whose laws they were advocating to change. The Declaration of Independence was written when there was no country. There was no democratic process at that time - no forum in which to redress their grievances, and so they rebelled. Such is not the case today, and illegal aliens are certainly not on the same footing with the American Patriots who drafted the Declaration. I do not believe citizens of other countries meet the criteria for standing that would allow them to redress the types of grievances we are discussing in the immigration debate in the courts, or otherwise.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
It isn't often that I argue on the same side as the restrictionists, but, I have to disagree with the opinion in the 09/29/06 ID comment that someone who enters the country illegally can claim to be supported by any kind of law, natural or civil, now matter how noble or urgent his or her motives may be. To say that an illegal immigrant is upholding the spirit of the founding fathers by crossing the border to join his family or to argue that "natural" law overrides the right of a nation to protect its borders or determine who may become a member of its society is unreasonable and dangerous. To this extent only, I agree with letters such as R.L. Ranger. As for civil disobedience to an unjust law, while I admire Gandhi and Martin Luther King, their example is hardly applicable to laws setting immigration quotas. How many EB-3 immigrants, for example, should be admitted each year according to "Natural Law"? There may be some laws, however, that are so repugnant to any sense of justice or fairness that civil disobedience might have to be considered. The provisions of HR. 4437 which could make it a felony for anyone to give even humanitarian advice or support to an illegal immigrant, or to fail to report one's own illegal family member, might come into this category. But in general, if we wish to have any kind of civil society at all we cannot let every person be a law unto himself. When we have bad laws, we should change them, not disobey them. Here again, I have some very limited agreement with the opinions in Mr. Ranger's letters. We both want to change the immigration laws according to the standards and procedures of a civil, democratic society. But in very different directions.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
Please see the 11th Circuit September 27, 2006 decision in the Williams v Mohawk Carpet RICO case (see above in news), on remand from the Supreme Court. The decision reinstates the US workers federal and state RICO claims. The decision reemphasizes that an allegation that the employment of illegal aliens depressed the wages and working conditions of US workers is sufficient to meet the proximate cause element of the civil RICO statute, and that corporations are persons subject to suit under Georgia state RICO.
Michael M. Hethmon, Esq., General Counsel for Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI)
By beginning ID's specious 09/29/06 Comment with the deliberate falsehood that restrictionists are "anti-immigration", the twisted logic progresses to the preposterous conclusion that enforcement advocates are
"anti-American" and Hobbesian. Rather, the opposite is true and when
the Declaration of Independence states, "...it is their duty... to
provide new guards for their future security...", the "natural law" that
would follow is the absolute right to select, limit and control entry.
This would not include the "right" of any of the hundreds of relatives
of the millions of illegals to decide to ignore our laws in coming here
or to be resolved of sanctions, or their employers. Such a position is
irresponsible, insulting to law as well as logic and is truly
anti-American. The illegal can reunite his own family by leaving or our
laws can assist that by the existing, legal remedy of deportation. Why
should we bear the guilt of a separation which the illegal chose? The
Roger Algase letter (9/28/06 ID) thinks that the aberration that is NYC,
or that CA and TX are becoming, should be the norm. This and ID's
comment are simply masks for an arrogant attitude by greedy businesses,
some foreigners and other advocates that places their improper demands
above US citizen concerns and laws of our society. To wrap such refuse
in the noble efforts of our founding fathers and to label it "patriotic"
is beyond incredible. In my previous analogy of the lighthouse to the
enforcement position, both of these positions would attempt to remove or
rationalize away, it's immutable authority. In the latest outstanding
article by Frosty Wooldridge at the NewsWithViews website, the relevant
question is asked, "...can anyone name a single advantage to adding 100
million people to America in 34 years?" SB 2611 would do this. HB 4437
and other enforcement and controls would limit entry to reasonable
R. L. Ranger
The border security issue being an extension of the war on terrorism debate provides fresh meat for both parties this election year to try out their national security ideologies on an issue not yet spoiled for voters by years of divisiveness. It is this politicizing of such a momentous issue which leads to the sad conclusion that the immigration debate has been hijacked wholesale by the rhetoric of fear employed to dumb down the national dialogue and render we citizens ripe for the political juicing of our would be representatives. To reduce the immigration debate to the level of national security alone, while one relevant aspect of it, is to ignore the much weightier consequences such legislation would conjure. Undoubtedly, the decision we make regarding our stance on immigration will determine how we proceed forth into the future as a nation. Perhaps the most crucial yet least represented point in the immigration debate is that our conception of the division of labor is transcending our archaic nationalistic paradigm. Outsourcing continues to send more blue-collar labor overseas, leaving Americans to educate themselves or join the ranks of the unemployed. American's resistance to this cuts to the heart of the anti-immigration sentiment, because the only aspect of the labor market immigration has any effect on is unskilled labor. Globalization is a reality that we must face, and no amount of legislation will stop the transformation of our national economy into a global division of labor. We need to look to the world that we will inevitably inherit, and choose to face it with a sound, comprehensive policy which meets reality head on, rather than turning our backs to the future in favor of the instant gratification of political rhetoric.
Jordan R. Silk
Mr. Ranger's letter (9/22/06 ID) recently remarked, "The current spinach scare is likely a result of unsanitary and unscreened illegal workers and may only be a harbinger of things to come." This type of remark, while obviously baseless, also does those in the restrictionist camp a disservice by making them appear to be xenophobic. Surely this unfounded claim would not resonate with the vast majority of restrictionists, though it sounds to me like the type of claim a Nazi might have levied against a Jew or homosexual in Nazi Germany. Are foreign-born individuals less sanitary than Americans or is this a glaring example of the racism that those favoring tolerant immigration policies attribute to a minority of restrictionists? If anything is unsanitary with respect to non-citizen agricultural workers and those working in slaughterhouses, it is likely the work conditions created by their employers under which non-citizens labor.
Michael J. Eatroff
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