“…Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
From The Lord’s Prayer
Whether you are pro or con, illegal immigration is a huge issue for prosperous countries. In the U.S. there are an estimated 12 million illegal aliens which represents four percent of the total population. About 2.1 million of those have criminal convictions. According to ICE, they account for 13.6% of crime, 12% of murder sentences, 20% of kidnapping and 16 % of drug trafficking sentences. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/09/16/crime-wave-elusive-data-shows-frightening-toll-illegal-immigrant-criminals.html
The cost of illegal immigration is about $113 billion per year. http://www.fairus.org/publications/the-fiscal-burden-of-illegal-immigration-on-united-states-taxpayers
These numbers can be challenged, but there is no doubt that illegal immigration increases crime and costs.
For now let’s forget all that and talk about the vast majority which has not been convicted of crimes. If there are two million criminal illegals, there must be ten million who are not criminals (except of course for the honest-illegals who entered the country illegally). For sake of argument, I am willing to concede that there may be more than ten million illegals who are hard working honest-illegals who are just trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. Hard not to feel for them, so let’s all feel together.
To echo the sentiments of people of good will, “How can we turn away and not take care of them.” Noble sentiments, right?
Being in a conciliatory mood, I am willing to concede that people who are willing to take care of these homeless people in need are indeed wonderful humanitarians. I applaud them.
If these wonderful, self-sacrificing people are willing to take the down-trodden into their homes, pay to feed, clothe, educate and maintain their health. They have my full support.
Before, I go on to other points of discussion, let’s pause to take role call to see how many we are applauding.
Show of hands.
Everyone who has taken at least one immigrant into your own home, fed, clothed, paid for their medical and education, raise your hand. Oh, wait. I forgot. I assume that if you have done that, you have also, according to the law of the land, adopted any immigrant children born in your home so that they are now your legal responsibility. Let’s see that show of hands again.
(Queue the “Jeopardy” theme song while we count.) Wait. I just filled up the fingers of one hand and am loading the other. Oh…apparently, that wasn’t necessary and the person who just raised one finger isn’t helping.
Soooo. Apparently, some folks are only humanitarian to the extent of OPM (Other People’s Money).
But let’s applaud those who have put their money where their mouths are and have sponsored immigrants into their home. Even if they have not adopted their kids, this is still pretty commendable. If everyone or even some large percentage did that, the problem goes away, right?
Let’s say that Betty Jo Humanitarian (who shortened her ethnic name to Hummer) does agree to sponsor an immigrant into her home with or without the adoption thing. Poor immigrants love that. So, they hop on Caralibra (Facebook in Spanish) and tell all their friends. The next day, B.J. finds 53 additional, equally-deserving, poor immigrants in her lanai, driveway, garage, gazebo and swimming pool.
Betty Jo says: “Whoa. Out of the goodness of my heart, I agreed to buy, er…I mean take in, one immigrant. That is it. No mas.” Guess what she has just invented. (Continuing with the Jeopardy theme,) “What is an immigration quota.” This kind of like…well, no…exactly like a country establishing immigration quotas.
So, what do we now call the extra immigrants living in and about BJ’s house? “Illegal aliens”, while accurate, seems cruel and definitely not PC, so let’s call them by the legal term “trespassers”. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/trespasser?s=t
But Betty Jo is still cool and feels for the 106 (who multiplied over night) trespassers who are by now getting cramped in her palatial estate. She feels others should feel her feelings and tells the trespassers that they should feel free to freely frequent her neighbors’ houses.
Now, Legal Zoom is not abundantly clear on this point, but it does not appear that trespassers actually get a trespassing pass by passing their tresses off in multiple trespasses. Apparently, expanding the degree of trespassing is actually a mega and/or multi-trespass, and legally speaking, definitely not okie-dokie. Please excuse the legal jargon.
If BJ wants to expand this humanitarian mission and take on two or two hundred more down-trodden, she gets my full support.
If the US, increases its immigration quotas, fine by me.
However, both have the right to say, enough is enough. Except for monks that take a vow of poverty and have nothing with which to entice trespassers, nobody gives everything they have to their church or favorite charity. They decide how much they can afford and/or are willing to give and still be able to care for their family. If those who do take homeless people into their home ask others to do more, I can cut them some slack. Nobody else has earned that right.
The only exceptions are for Hypocrites. To practitioners of that religion I say, “Kudos! Way to stay true to your beliefs.”
Disclaimer: “Caralibra” isn’t a real thing. It is Facebook everywhere. Illegal aliens will just have to look up Facebook on their iPads like everyone else.