When communities are terrorized by ICE immigration raids, when nursing mothers are torn from their babies, when children come home from school to find their parents missing, when people are detained without access to legal counsel, when all that is happening, the system just isn’t working, and we need to change it.
Terrorized? Nursing mothers torn from their babies? These are reckless exaggerations:
Federal immigration agents were searching a house in Ohio last month when they found a young Honduran woman nursing her baby.
The woman, Saída Umanzor, is an illegal immigrant and was taken to jail to await deportation. Her 9-month-old daughter, Brittney Bejarano, who was born in the United States and is a citizen, was put in the care of social workers.
I highly doubt that she was ‘torn’ from her baby. Not to mention – how does nursing a baby suddenly elevate one above the law? If you broke into a store, would you be ‘torn from your baby’ when the cops came to arrest you and you happened to be nursing? And as far as kids coming home to no parents – this happens if you are arrested for anything, not simply because you entered the country illegally.
I can fully understand why immigrants want to come to this country to escape poverty, oppression, whatever. In fact, I think that’s a great thing. I also don’t think we should just nab illegal immigrants and ship them back to wherever they came from. However, in America we have laws and we have methods for becoming a citizen legally. Perhaps the punishment and method of enforcing these laws need to be reevaluated. But I highly doubt ICE is ‘terrorizing’ illegal immigrants. In fact, I bet what really happens is nothing like this absurd portrayal Sen. Obama is describing. If he can’t tell the difference from ‘terrorizing,’ and enforcing the law, that would seem to me like a big problem. Ed Morrissey elaberates:
“The ICE raids workplaces when they have probable cause to suspect an employer of hiring illegal aliens. They arrest workers who have false IDs and/or cannot prove their identification. The ICE takes pains to find children who have been in school when these raids occur and no other guardian can be found…”
Overstating the immigration issue is an equal party offender, by the way. John McCain constantly whips out the following ‘God’s children’ argument:
I know many of you are Democrats, and many of you would usually vote for the presidential candidate of that party. I know I must work hard to win your votes, but you have always given me a respectful hearing, and I appreciate it. I know many of you were disappointed and hurt by those who used the debate on immigration last year, not to respectfully debate the issue, as most did, but to denigrate the contributions of Hispanics to our great country. I denounced those insults then, and I denounce them today.
This, also is ludicrous. When you are talking about illegal immigration, who’s claiming that they aren’t ‘God’s children’? Who’s denigrating the contribution of Hispanics? These are complete non-sequiturs. Both candidates are painting this issue as if the American public degrade Hispanics to somehow less than human. What a total load of bull-crap.
Most Americans have raised legitimate concerns about securing our borders, laws being enforced, having a common language, and making sure that immigrants to this nation actually desire to become American citizens (as opposed to simply, living in America). It’s irresponsible to cast these concerns as somehow bigoted and anti-latino. How are we, ‘denigrating the contribution of Hispanics,’ by showing concern about these issues?
The immigration debate is an important one that people feel strongly about. Perhaps we do need to rethink our immigration policies and procedures. But talking about them in ridiculous emotional overstatements, and claiming border patrol agents are ‘terrorizing’ people, does absolutely nothing to help people understand what really needs to be done.
And for the last time: Being Anti-Illegal Immigration is not the same as being Anti-Immigrant. I welcome people to this country – but they need to enter in a legal fashion. That’s doesn’t seem like a ridiculous request.