I mentioned to a few people a few years ago how the immigration problem was
going to be a big issue in our state in a short period of time. (I saw the
writing on the wall when we started to give out the driving certificates a
few years ago.) The majority said we needed to give out the certificates so
that illegals could get insurance in case of an automobile accident. Bad
A few points.
First, when you make exceptions for one group or another, you are setting up
a slippery slope. Any other group could use the law to say they should be
included in the same exception.
Next, when you let people commit a crime or worse yet encourage it, you are
more or less saying "we don't care if you commit a crime in our state, come
on in." The same can be said of many problems our society faces. When you
reward bad behavior or don't allow society to punish it, the problem
continues to grow.
I see this sort of action encouraged a lot by liberals. Believing that they
are caring and compassionate, they try to help the people who have made
mistakes or are doing something wrong by excusing the mistake. They make an
exception for many to help a few people. The problem is they are actually
hurting more people in the long run.
People see exceptions made, and systematic abuse begins.
Exceptions have been made, combined with the exceptions that have been made
to allow illegals to work and get social services has turned our state into
a magnet for people to come in free and clear or with little or no
repercussions. Now the state is trying to put the neighbors horse back in
their barn. The horse likes the grass in our field and does not want to go.
It is not going to be easy but the solution is not to allow the problem to
continue or to reward to people for the bad activity.
We need to permanently remove the incentives (the driving certificates, easy
ability to get jobs when not in the country legally, remove the ability to
get govt. services).
Next we need to be able to catch and punish the criminals and the people who
employ them. There may be some growth or growing pains (higher cost for
labor) but the ends will help us endure the means.
We want to continue to be a land and a state of opportunity, but we are the
land of opportunity because we are a nation with respect for our laws.