THE CHILD AS POLITICAL TOOL
I saw on the news today at a hearing where a Florida city revoked its “sanctuary” status.
Noting one’s error and correcting the problem is one of the few reasonable and mature things I have seen on the political landscape in the last ten years. The idea that a transient political ideology of the several states, municipalities or even commercial concerns can supersede the Federal government on national policy was decided some 150 years ago. Six hundred thousand American dead established the supremacy of the Federal government in national policy.
One of the witnesses against the move was a well-spoken girl of about 10 who read from a prepared script.
A part of what she said was “I am citizen. I am an orphan. My father was deported.”
Her parents chose to violate our laws to enter the USA illegally. She was born in this country and by our historic (not legal) benevolence now count her among our citizens.
Her presumptions are several:
1) To be deported is equivalent to death. America is the only place in the world where life is possible.
2) Residence in America is more important than family. As a citizen, she could come and go at will. As a child of a legal resident alien, I have done so.
3) The poor decisions of every individual whether USA citizen or not, must be corrected by American society. From the highest to the lowest level of society,
non-citizens command alteration in this one country to accommodate the results of their poor judgments.
It is sad that the child should be used in this way. She may even be sincere. She may even believe that her inability to see her father means he is now dead.
But it shows that we are living now in a country where injustice is the most telling argument against justice.
Do not censure a senator for breaking the rules if I can find a senator who I think should also be censured and wasn’t.
Do not legally deport a man for violating our laws because he might choose to leave his daughter in America.
Rather, I submit, in substantial amazement, that justice ought to be the goal of the justice system. We should become a country of laws and not one of men, transient political whims, or self-flagellatory posturings.
The argument for justice should not have to be waged.
It is a sad commentary of the liberal spasming of the last ten years when it is necessary.