LatinaLista — BJ Lawson is a Republican congressional candidate running for North Carolina’s Fourth District. He looks like a nice guy. Successful. Educated. Entrepreneur. Husband. Father.
North Carolina Republican congressional candidate BJ Lawson
When I found out that Lawson had linked to a Latina Lista (LL) post, I was curious. Given the fact that this North Carolina transplant is aspiring to join the ranks of the now infamous “House Republicans” — a suit-wearing DC gang unto themselves, I shuddered at how he might be using a LL post.
Yet when I found the link on his site, the context of the paragraph wasn’t any different than what I was advocating in my post. Then he shifted gears and began to sound like a House Republican already.
The piece left me a little confused and I can’t help but think that maybe Lawson is too.
Economic pressures aside, we should not behave like a police state with raids to round people up at gunpoint. Such publicity stunts are only designed to intimidate and give the impression of enforcement, when the underlying incentives to enter illegally haven’t changed. We must not split up families, deport children, or deport parents and leave children behind. Let’s not take a problem created by our governments, and punish innocent children as a result.
The above quote is from Lawson’s site under Immigration issues. His link to Latina Lista was to a post I had written regarding the deportation of children by themselves back to their native countries, even after they had found their parents in the United States.
From this paragraph, it would seem Lawson and Latina Lista are on the same page – figuratively speaking. At least, it sure sounds like it to me.
Yet, it’s the following paragraph that underscores the dilemma for Lawson.
As your Congressman, I will work to stop unconstitutional federal mandates that require states provide social services to undocumented aliens, eliminate welfare-state incentives, and physically secure the border. I will not support amnesty for illegal aliens.
On the one hand, he doesn’t believe in deporting children but he won’t support “amnesty for illegal aliens” either. Considering that these children are undocumented, what is he suggesting happen to them? Be held in detention centers all their lives?
Lawson is on the right track about not punishing “innocent children” but where he gets confused, along with other Republicans, is trying to separate children from their parents. For example, while it’s already been shown that undocumented immigrants don’t take advantage of social services in those states that have mandated preventive measures to ensure that they don’t, Lawson proposes the same thing.
Theoretically though, wouldn’t that be the same as punishing innocent children?
This contradiction in Lawson’s thinking is both admirable, because he can appreciate the impact of current enforcement measures on the delicate psyche of children and frustrating. Because in following Republican rationale on how to treat undocumented immigrants, the human factor is conveniently ignored.
Maybe that’s why none of his Republican House peers like to touch the subject of the children.
Because when that happens, the justification on how to treat the undocumented is seen for what it is — punishing innocent children too.