published Monday, May 9th, 2011

Upholding the law when it’s difficult

There is little debate among the American people about upholding laws such as those against bank robbery, murder or aggravated assault. Almost everyone recognizes the need to punish such acts.

But the law should also be upheld even when it may have less “popular” results.

For no good reason, the governor of Connecticut and the state’s two U.S. senators recently intervened on behalf of an illegal alien and secured for him the undeserved “right” to stay in the United States — probably for good.

The alien, who is now an adult, had been brought to the United States as a child by his family, and he had done well in school. We commend him on his work ethic.

But that does not change the fact that he was in this country in violation of our laws.

That makes it troubling that Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy used their “pull” to gain permission for the young man to stay in the United States.

Even more troubling, nearly two dozen Senate Democrats have asked President Barack Obama to suspend deportations of large numbers of illegal aliens, The New York Times reported. The Democrats are upset over the defeat last year of an amnesty bill that would have halted deportations of many illegal alien college students. Now, even though the bill failed, they want the president to halt the deportations anyway — by executive order.

That’s outrageous! The Congress of the United States considered the amnesty bill and defeated it. Members of Congress certainly should not be urging the president to enforce a law that was never enacted!

That shows serious contempt for the rule of law, and it is a suggestion that the president surely should reject.

4
Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
nucanuck said...

So this editor favors harsh deportation of an individual who from early childhood has been a part of America, who had no choice about where he lived,who excelled in school, and in reality does not have another home to go to.

If basic human rights mean so little, why not just shoot him? think of the money we could save.

May 9, 2011 at 10:47 a.m.
Livn4life said...

I think the editor would like for this and ALL illegals to go through the process that my ancestors had to go through without political hoo-hoo and government help. They had towork their way into citizenship even though they were poor and uneducated. That is not asking too much. But no, for political expediency many want to let everyone in even when they have broken the laws of this nation. I defy you Nu, go and live on the border with Mexico and see what is happening in places like Arizona or New Mexico and then tell me we just should let them all in for any reason.

May 9, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.
Legend said...

And just think, if today's immigration laws suddenly became retro, the author of this story would most likely be an illegal immigrant. Until the mid 20TH century when most of your immigrants came from parts of Europe there were no immigration laws. All they had to prove were they were of good health and able bodied.

May 9, 2011 at 3 p.m.
nucanuck said...

My ancestors simply arrived and started a life in America. There was no process of any sort.

That was then...with 7 billion people on the planet,we need a system, but a system that works in the country's best interest without throwing out those who bring us benefit. Our universities give scholarships to outstanding international students and after their graduation, the US makes it very difficult for them to remain and start a career.

The person described in the editorial was brought by his parents at a young age. To deport him after 15 years of responsible living in the US makes no sense.

Our businesses hire illegals, our country looks the other way until one day they don't. Deporting ten million people, many of whom have lived here for decades, would be bad for America.

Having a senseable enforceable immigration policy is long overdue, but a seperate issue from how we treat long term residents.

May 9, 2011 at 3:28 p.m.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.