May 24, 2011

Immigration Politics: Illegal immigrants are nullifying a bad law

From R. Lee Wrights, 52, a libertarian writer and political activist, who is seeking the presidential nomination. He is absolutely right-on about immigration.

Illegal immigrants are nullifying a bad law: "Disobeying unjust law is ingrained in the American consciousness. Thomas Jefferson said that it wasn't just our right, but our duty. He said, 'If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.' Perhaps it was the former president who inspired Dr. Martin Luther King to say, 'There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.'

That's what is happening with the so-called 'illegal immigration problem.' We essentially have a black market in labor created because the law is unrealistic, unfair, unjust and unenforceable.

Democrats and Republicans are simply not interested in resolving this issue because it's too valuable for them to exploit it for political purposes. Politicians want you to believe that illegal immigrants come here only to leach off welfare, or that they are a threat to national security, or that they will take jobs away from Americans. As usual, Democrats and Republicans use arguments intended to instill fear, to divide us against another, to curry favor with special interest, ethnic, racial or language groups, and to divert our attention from the truth.

People come to America -- legally or illegally -- for the same reasons they've been coming here for centuries. Immigrants come here looking for freedom, for economic opportunity and to make a better life for themselves and their children. They will continue to come here legally or illegally so long as America holds that promise."

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