Illegal – by Cedar Sanderson
contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.
|synonyms:||unlawful, illicit, illegitimate, criminal, felonious; More|
Words have meanings. As simplistic as that sounds when I write it down, it seems to have gotten lost in the current political atmosphere. I’ve taken to avoiding most social media because it seems most of y’all have taken to using dumb memes and absolutely no reading comprehension so that you can be filled with shrill self-righteous outrage. Learn to read. And then? Learn to comprehend. Then come back and talk to me, because before that, you’re not worth my time.
The word illegal is frequently used in discourse, and it means just what it means. It is not an optional modifier that you can discard when you’re tired of typing and don’t want to lift a finger to say what you actually mean. Illegal immigrants are breaking the law. Period, stop, end. Immigrants? Are working very hard to stay within the law, and should be justifiably pissed to be lumped in with the people who are smearing their good name by flouting immigration laws.
They are not the same. And no, you cannot say that they are. Legality makes a difference. If they choose to break one law, why wouldn’t they choose to break another? Ours is a nation that functions under rule of law, and if you want to come here and stay here, you need to learn what that means. It doesn’t mean that you can claim victimhood and wave that around as a get-out-of-jail-free card. It certainly doesn’t mean that you can come into our great nation, decide you don’t like our laws, so you’re only going to follow the ones you brought with you. Nope.
I’m all out of patience with memetic morons. If you can’t wrap your mind around more than the shortest possible message, you may want to rethink your life. Seriously.
I’m proud to know many legal immigrants. There are immigrants in my family a couple of generations back. I’ve been able to sit in the audience and watch the swearing-in of a new citizen, and frankly I thought at the time that she was coming into this a better citizen than I, who was born to it. Studying to become a citizen, taking an oath forsaking all others… that’s what it’s about. That is what the illegals slinking in under the cover of darkness flout. It’s not an easy process. I’ve been told it’s in dire need of reform. So? Reform it. Get involved in the legislation. Make your voices known there.
But don’t, for heaven’s sakes, show your asses in public by shouting ignorant and dangerous slogans encouraging the masses waiting at our door to break our laws and swarm the walls. Words matter. Law matters. Anarchy will just get you tyranny. None of us want that.
It’s not bigotry, or racism, to oppose the breaking of laws. I’ve always advocated that if you don’t like a law, you should change it. Petition, get elected, donate to a cause – however you want to chase that dream. But while the law is on the books, it must be adhered to.
Let me take another tack, perhaps you’ll understand this one. Let’s say you want to open up your house to a renter. It’s not a perfect analogy, but we’ll run with it. You advertise, and you get a lot of calls from interested people. But before you sign papers agreeing that they can share your home, you check up on them. You get references, you run a credit check, you take a deposit against any damages they might do. In other words, you follow a similar procedure to the immigration policies of our nation. Other nations have even stricter immigration laws. Don’t believe me? Look up what it takes to emigrate to Canada, or Australia.
Now, let’s flip this around. I’m not even going to discuss renting without doing any checks on the applicants. You can imagine this. No – I’m going straight to squatters. Yes, this is what an illegal immigrant is doing. He’s cruising through your neighborhood, looking for a house where the occupants are out of the house, on vacation – in other words, not enforcing house rules. When he finds one, he moves in. He brings along his family. He raids your refrigerator and pawns your jewelry for cash. Then, when you come home and want him out? He picks up the smallest doe-eyed child and holds it up, sobbing that you want to make babies homeless.
Who would you rather have living in your home? The respectful hardworking immigrant who has proven their intent and ability to contribute to our society? Or the illicit duplicitous one who flouts all the rules and destroys from within?
Illegal is not a useless modifier. It is, arguably, the most important defining characteristic in the phrase ‘illegal immigrant.’ That single word, with it’s clear meaning, tells you all you need to know about the person bearing it. Not their race, nor religion, nor any other modifier. Just illegal.