In an era where people are very concerned about what illegal immigration is doing to the country, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is apparently going to allow thousands of them to return to the country. Not only that, but taxpayers will be footing the bill for an ad campaign intended to get the word out to the “wrongly” deported illegals in Mexico.
How did we get to the point where we’re actually asking illegal immigrants to come back to the United States? It started when the American Civil Liberties Union sued the government over what it claimed were rights-trampling deportations. Under the terms of the settlement, Border Patrol cops will now be required to explain to illegal immigrants that they have the right to fight deportation in the court system. It could also lead to at least some of the 250,000 previously-deported immigrants to come back into the country.
The real ridiculous part of this settlement, though, comes in the outreach effort the government will be implementing in Mexico. Instead of simply allowing these deported immigrants back in, we will spend an untold fortune making sure they know they can come back in. Illegally.
If you think that none of this makes any sense, you’re not alone. Most of the illegals targeted by the outreach program were self-deported, but the ACLU argues that they were intimidated by federal agents and not informed of their choices. “This is a historic settlement,” said the director of the San Diego ACLU, “that will end a practice that tears families apart.”
Well, it’s unclear how it tears families apart. After all, what was stopping said families from following their deported loved ones back to Mexico? Surely if they wanted to be together, they would have followed their hearts. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to feel bad about this “practice” if it’s clearly not that important to the families involved.
Several mainstream media outlets have bemoaned the fact that this settlement will hamper the Obama administration’s ability to deport illegal immigrants. Well, that’s a laugh. The last thing this administration has been concerned about is expediting deportations. Even if the settlement stopped deportations altogether, it wouldn’t have a terribly significant effect on this heel-dragging White House.
At a time when it is bizarre to many Americans that illegal invaders should be granted any rights other than basic human decency, the idea that they deserve Miranda warnings, defense attorneys, and the full protection of the U.S. Constitution is as alien as they are. They keep coming across, and we keep making concessions.
Bone up on your Spanish, dear readers, because the America you’ve known your whole life is disappearing.