Tuesday, August 21, 2007

On immigration

They deported Elvira. Finally. And I say, nice job.

Elvira Arellano-an illegal immigrant who claimed "sanctuary" in a north side church, and had been there for over a year. The "minister" of this church was an "activist" with somehat of a shady background, "Slim" Coleman.

She lived in the church for a year, claiming "sanctuary" and generally making a scene, exploting and not educating her young son, who was born here. She was arrested and deported after leaving the church to attend an LA rally.

First of all, she was not your typical illegal immigrant. She had committed a crime (forged documents) and actively sought out the press. She used her young son as a prop while failing to be a parent to him. She openly defied law enforcement, and I say good riddance.

On that note, I once again posit the question of what is the purpose of our immigration laws? Assume two young men. Both are skilled contractors and garage door installers. Both are fluent in English and have achieved the same level of education. Anders, from Copenhagen, can be here in six months. Pedro, from Guadalajara, gets in the back of a line that begins in 1994.

Does that make sense?

1 comment:

I'm Not Ned said...

I agree Peter.

Unfortunately there are different laws for people coming from different geographic regions.

I'd much rather have the hard working "Pedro" for many jobs but our system doesn't allow me to hire him.