LatinaLista — It used to be that the United States of America represented both a haven from persecution for different religious and political beliefs, economic and ethnic oppression – the list goes on, and a place that was not just sovereign but could be both a sovereign nation and a super power country.
After all, the inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
But unfortunately, there’s a growing number of political pundits who would have us believe that we have to choose between the two elements that have always stood side-by-side in representing to the world what made this country great.
We’re being told that we have to choose between being a sanctuary nation or a sovereign nation, but the real choice has nothing to do with that.
It’s between deciding whether to surrender to manufactured fear and hate — or not.
The latest attack strategy against immigration reform is trying to imply that those who favor a fair and humane reform of the immigration system are endorsing the criminal activities of those few undocumented who commit them.
The example being touted is the Newark, New Jersey murders of three bright, college students at the hands of an undocumented immigrant.
There is no mistaking that what happened to these students was a crime of capital proportions, but there is a difference between a capital crime or felony and a civil offense.
Most undocumented immigrants don’t commit capital crimes. Those that do should naturally be punished — but to condemn a history built on having the common sense to know the difference between a capital crime and a minor offense can only be seen for what it is — to stir public opinion against undocumented immigrants.
Should undocumented immigrants that commit felony crimes be imprisoned?
Yes, no question. There’s no excuse as to why our legal system loses track of some of these criminal career-minded individuals.
Should they be immediately deported?
The natural answer would be yes but when we look at the history of what happens when we deport known criminals to countries that aren’t equipped to handle the influx of bad genes, then it always has a way of biting us in the ass.
Something needs to be done to address the problem of undocumented immigrants who commit capital crimes but there’s no reason to think that one of the pillars this country was built on needs to be taken away.
It just needs some reinforcement.