So, erm, a guy whom I am very close to was recently busted for drunk driving. He goes into court in a few days. He will have his license taken away, but will receive a new and improved license so that he can still generate taxable revenue by driving to a job he hates every day. Leading up to his arrest, nobody was hurt or killed, and billions of dollars in remissions were not funneled to a foreign country. That being said, a couple thousand dollars were funneled to his lawyer who, it would seem, did exactly nothing to have the man’s sentence reduced.
Suffice it to say, the draconian punishments my friend will receive for getting wasted and driving is causing him a fair amount of mental anguish and seriously limiting his prospects for, at the very least, the next year of his life. Regardless, plenty of people I have spoken to say that my friend deserves to be punished given the fact that he blatantly broke the law.
Of course, this standard shouldn’t apply to illegal immigrants because borders are social constructs. Or something.
From The New Yorker:
Is cancelling DACA the worst single decision Trump has made? In terms of immediate human suffering and sheer moral obtuseness, yes. The Dreamers trusted the federal government with their personal information, including fingerprints and addresses. Their status was always temporary—they had to apply for renewal every two years—but they were assured that their information would not be used against them.
They are, in a word, Americans. But six months from now, and possibly sooner, they will begin losing their work permits, their places in college, their businesses, their legal right to be in this country. They will start living in fear of deportation. The cruelty of it is staggering.
They are, actually, and by legal definition, not Americans. Someone better contact the editor of The New Yorker and ensure they are hip to this egregious error. I’m sure it was just an oversight on the part of the writer. Contrary to popular belief, there is an application process, that, when followed, can lead to a foreigner becoming a legal citizen of the United States. According to my
Filipino American roommate, it is a real pain in the ass. Anyway.
Deporting or simply disemploying Dreamers will not benefit the economy in any way. Indeed, it is estimated that the loss of the Dreamers’ output will reduce the G.D.P. by several hundred billion dollars over a decade.
The truth is that the U.S. economy needs immigrants, including those who are currently undocumented. In Houston, contractors rebuilding the city following Hurricane Harvey say that their work will be slowed by a labor shortage, made worse by the reluctance of undocumented workers to show their faces while the state’s Republican leadership is on the political warpath against sanctuary cities.
In addition to a DACA repeal bringing about “human suffering,” it turns out that hiring unemployed Americans, as opposed to illegal immigrants, is going to be incredibly bad for business.
Hey, why move the factory to Mexico when you can just move Mexico to the factory, amirite?
Since the political left is, at this very moment, sponsoring mandatory minimum wage requirements in cities across America, this sentiment seems a bit ambivalent. Even more troubling than the economic ramifications, however, is that the reaction to Trump’s tepid, half-hearted DACA repeal (if one can even call it that) is indicative of another very recent phenomena. The complete break down of law and order (where it pertains to immigration law).
In my life, I have known several people that have gone to jail, and many more who have had to give up some amount of freedom, time, and money to placate the judicial or corrections system after having transgressed the law in some petty way that harmed nobody but themselves. Beyond my own anecdotal account, one can be sure that America’s prison system is absolutely chock-full of non-violent offenders such as these.
Given the well-documented atrocities that occur when one is the prison system, why does the media not lament laws, in general, but only one’s that work toward lowering the average wage of American workers? Was it not “cruel and obtuse” when Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions’ recommended mandatory maximum sentences for a litany of criminal offenses (ostensibly) not including illegal immigration?
The media’s reporting on immigration issues has reached the point where one is going to get the same narrative whether he is reading The New Yorker or GenDerQueerXXX’s Tumblr blog. Immigration laws are evil. America was designed as a release valve for third-world Central American immigrants. Deporting illegal immigrants is akin to Hitler sending Jewish families to concentration camps. (Actually, that last one would make a great HuffPo headline. I should be a real journalist.)
As for the rest of the laws that make it so that, literally, you can be arrested several times a day for a variety of transgressions that you wouldn’t even know you’re committing? A blood-alcohol content of 0.09?
Cue the sirens, the metallic clink of handcuffs. Tough shit, buddy, it’s the law.