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Lee Wrights: Illegal immigrants are nullifying a bad law

by R. Lee Wrights

BURNET, Texas (May 22) – President Obama has perfected a politician’s most coveted talent, speaking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time while sounding like a great leader. The latest display of how he’s honed this skill was a speech he just gave in El Paso, Texas. From one side of his mouth the president said he wanted to do his part to lead a “constructive, civil debate” on immigration, while from the other side of his mouth he accused Republicans of wanting to build an alligator-filled moat along the border.

Frank Zappa once said that we were a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced. Our immigration laws are a perfect example of that principle in action. Americans routinely ignore or flaunt dumb laws. You do that every time you drive five miles over the speed limit. What many American’s do when confronted with a stupid, dumb or unjust law is, in effect, nullify that law by ignoring it.

Millions of Americans nullified Prohibition in the 1920s during America’s first failed attempt to control human behavior by outlawing a substance almost everybody wanted – alcohol. 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.

The economic reality is that most low-skilled immigrants enter the U.S. illegally because there are hundreds of thousands of new jobs here waiting to be filled; there aren’t enough Americans available to fill them; and, the law doesn’t allow them to enter America quickly and easily enough to fill these temporary jobs. For example, if you are from India and hold a doctorate, it will take you only about five years to complete the process to legally immigrate. But, if you are an unskilled Mexican laborer it will take you 130 years to immigrate to the U.S. and legally become a citizen. No wonder people are swimming the Rio Grande.

Tougher immigration laws won’t reverse this natural and historic process. More laws will not keep people from crossing our borders anymore than the laws we have right now. And, the very idea of building a high-tech version of the Berlin Wall should be particularity repugnant to Americans, especially those of us who grew up watching images of people being shot as they attempted to escape from tyranny in that German city.

Treating illegal immigration as an economic issue means changing immigration law to match the reality of a dynamic society and labor market. Instead of building walls we should be opening doors. America should be creating a sane and humane immigration process to screen out terrorists and criminals while allowing honest, peaceful, hardworking people to come here to work and help build on the American dream as millions have done before them.

R. Lee Wrights, 52, a libertarian writer and political activist, is seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 must be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. To that end he has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states. Wrights is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and co-founder and editor of of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he now lives and works in Texas.

Lee Wrights for President
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  1. paulie paulie May 22, 2011

    It would be interesting if Wrights’ columns could be syndicated in free weekly newspapers around the country along the lines of Savage Love, Ask A Mexican, News of the Weird, etc. College newspapers would be likewise interesting as a market. I don’t have time to assist with that, and don’t know what it would take to do that exactly, but I hope some people will work on getting that accomplished.

  2. Brittanicus Brittanicus May 22, 2011


    Which politicians are complicit? Does the border stay open for this reason?

    You wouldn’t think that the illegal immigrant occupation of America would have anything to do with any conspiracy theory? Do I believe in conspiracies? Never did, but something turned up that seems to have a lot of credence to it? Each day Americans worry about feeding their families, paying mortgages or even the 15 million still seeking work? At the same time States adjoining Georgia or Alabama, less lenient States are angry that hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens may be heading their way? Same situation with Arizona as new policing laws could have countless numbers of illegal immigrant families will find a sanctuary in California and Nevada, with lax laws. Specifically if you believe in the reams of classified information appearing from that very controversial website Wikileaks

    A covert document recently released by WikiLeaks discloses a elevated level of information between the US and Canadian Ambassador Paul Celluci promoting a merger of the United States, Canada, and Mexico as plans for “North American Integration,” also called “North American Union.” into pathway for a future North American “single market and a possible single currency.” For at least a decade investigators and whistle-blowers have attempted to warn the public relating to integration of the nations of Canada, Mexico and the United States of America and have been met with devastating mockery. The Wikileaks document unmistakably indicates that the agenda is to avoid the US in protecting citizens from terrorists or diseases from interfering with trade and other economic interests.

    This agenda would be united with joint electronic security perimeter with a reduced amount of focus on physical borders. Are the American people to understand that the 20 million plus illegal aliens imported here, including border crossers and visa overstays was a treasonous intentional move to integrate the American culture, with people of every nationality? Is this undeniable proof that this is been deliberate moving on the part of previous and today’s administrations? Was President Bush’s Social Security Administration (SSA) recently signed in June 2004 a highly controversial accord that could add millions of Mexicans, some who worked here illegally, to the Social Security rolls associated with (NAU) North American Union? Is this why the 2006 Secure Fence Act was dismantled, by two Republican Texas Senators and unfunded? That the original two layer fence topped with concertina razor wire remains a dream.

    Is this yet another reason why, the Democrats and Republicans have put every obstacle in the way of the business policing E-Verification program and the criminal national fingerprinting using Secure Communities ICE databases? Are both parties instrumental in this anti-sovereignty merger, forcing on the American citizens millions of foreign nationals demonstrating in the streets of every city and town? US politicians advocating to the North American assimilation plans are claiming “our immigration systems are broken” when in fact the immigration systems have been compromised by those pressing for a merger of the populations of the three countries? Perhaps this is why they want the 1986 Immigration Control & Reform Act rescinded as it’s an impediment to this cause?

    These secret documents reveal a well developed plan that advocates secrecy, with an incremental approach as not to alarm the public. This issue was never about a person’s race or religion, but about money and power. The Liberal wing of Democrats are trying to drive a wedge between Hispanics and the General population, But the plain fact is that there are millions of legalized and multi-generations of Hispanic citizens, who wish to disassociate themselves from South of the border. Equally abhorrent are overstays recognized to be 40 percent of the illegal occupation. If Mexico and other countries has a way of tracking arrivals through ports of entry, by plane, ship or even over the Canadian border, why is this not implemented by Homeland Security and ICE? Hispanic and honest legalized immigrants are cordially welcome to join the TEA PARTY.

    It’s more important than ever to join the PEOPLES party, the TEA PARTY. The Tea Party is for all legal Americans, naturalized citizens and those holding green cards. This un-American movement will not be tolerated, and should never be ratified without a national referendum. Our country is a nation of laws, especially when it comes to integration of other countries. Currently the Democrats desire to force on—ALL—the American peoples a new Amnesty, cloaked in Immigration Reform. Indirectly the Dream Act would have the same purpose, allowing these Students to sponsor family members. Chain Migration is already accelerating and costing Americans billions of dollars a year. Sanctuary states are another enigma, which is about sheltering foreign nationals which is California’s and Nevada’s cross to bare.

    It’s unfortunate we don’t follow the same laws as countries in Europe, which is using a “PointsSystem” for legal immigration. Offering entry visas to the highly skilled people with profession experience in their specialized occupation, as they will not end up in the welfare offices? Today, in most cases through illegal immigration the American people are serving on a plate education to illegal children, free treatment in emergency rooms, pre and post pregnant women receiving free natal care and delivery, with food stamps, Section 8 housing and $600.00 payments for every child conceived. We are Catering to In-state tuition for illegal students, although America’s children from other States must pay full cost.

    The 1986 Amnesty cost taxpayers 76 billion dollars. A new reform package will cost an astronomical figure, which comes out your pocket. Even scarier is supporting the illegal alien household that has already settled here? Some say 12 million, but most non-profit sovereignty groups say it’s over 20 million and counting? Can we afford subsidizing the farming community anymore, as they pay nothing in benefits and small living wage? No health care and we pay their children’s schooling. Temporary Guest Worker programs are rampant with fraud, as all special visas for employment. It certainly makes no logical sense when 15 million Americans cannot find work? We just cannot be the emergency room care or education entitlement for the rest of the world, anymore. Another major issue is foreigners voting in only-for-citizens election. This is no longer a isolated issue and States nationwide, need to enact stringent rules that includes showing picture ID to prove they are legally able to vote? Join the Tea Party and also ply your representatives in Washington, State or even local level for answers?

    Contact them at Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121.

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  3. Michael H. Wilson Michael H. Wilson May 23, 2011

    Derby Line, Vermont sits on the boundary between the United States and Canada. On the other side of the street is the Canadian town, of Stanstead. The community’s library and opera house is on the line. It’s in both the U.S. and Canada and shared by citizen on both sides.

  4. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp May 23, 2011

    “Is this yet another reason why, the Democrats and Republicans have put every obstacle in the way of the business policing E-Verification program and the criminal national fingerprinting using Secure Communities ICE databases?”

    I’d say the main reason is that as stupid, evil and intent on appeasing the Know-Nothings as the Democrats and Republicans are, they’re not quite so far gone into Hitlerian/Stalinist insanity yet as to really believe that they could actually get away with either of those totalitarian schemes.

  5. Matt Cholko Matt Cholko May 24, 2011

    As the owner of a small home improvement contracting company, I see our ridiculous immigration policies in action all the time. Every illegal immigrant I’ve met (and that is quite a few) is in the USA trying to make things better for themselves and their families. As most libertarians know, that makes things better for everyone. I’ve known a good number who’ve jumped through ridiculous hoops to try and do things as legally as possible, and in every case they’ve been forced to remain largely in the grey/black market.

    The immigration issue has become very personal to me. In my business, if you compare the average American applicant to the average Illegal, you’d hire the illegal damn near every time. Many of the Americans have drug or alcohol problems, aren’t reliable, try their best to do as little work as possible. The illegals on the other hand show up on time everyday, don’t show up wasted from the night before, and seem to take pride in working hard. However, if I hire the best person for the job, I am forced to operate in the grey market. I have to falsify records, commit felonies by providing incorrect information to the gubment, and so on. So, I can’t do it.

    But, much worse than how it affects me directly is the effect our immigration policies have on immigrants. There are millions of good, hard working people being treated as third class citizens. They can’t move beyond the lowest rung on the economic ladder because their property rights are routinely violated by government. They can’t move up the ladder at many companies because those companies have to hide the fact that they work there. They can’t legally drive a car, often can’t get credit, can’t operate licensed businesses, etc.

    It makes me sick to my f-ing stomach……

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