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The Ultimate Entitlement

House Republicans have been practically yanked off their flights back home to spend one more night in Washington in a final attempt at agreeing on some sort of House bill on immigration. The House leadership wants some sort of proposed legislation before the summer recess as proof that they have ideas on how to fix the current border crisis. It, of course is pure theatre: the Senate has their own plan and will give scant attention to, much less pass, any House plan. But more than that, to suggest or worry that there are no ideas on immigration on the part of House Republicans is to side with those with those who believe that, at its heart, the current border crisis is a humanitarian problem and not one if security and law. The issue is essentially binary: you prioritize aid, shelter, education, housing, and even citizenship for those who break the law; or you prioritize a physically and legally secure border that is both a literal and figurative line in the sand. There is no common ground, only compromises for the sake of political expediency.

Whether the House agrees on a bill or not, the issue remains that those representatives who would have rather been at home and meeting with their constituents would have been in their rights to refuse to turn back and would have been right to stay on their flights. What audience is this last-minute attempt trying to target? Conservative Democrats? Moderate Republicans? Or is this a prevent defense to stave off harsh criticism from the Latino community? Almost any argument in favor of strengthening the border meets with criticisms of prejudice and worse from members of the Latino community. This criticism reflects the ultimate entitlement; the right to enter the US as one pleases and when one pleases regardless of law. Giving way, or actively encouraging this attitude, entrenches this ultimate entitlement deeper and deeper within the attitudes of those outside the border who are willing to break the law to enter, and those inside the border who insist the laws they break are unimportant, or unfair. Residency in the US, or any sovereign nation, is not an entitlement. When it becomes one, sovereignty will no longer exist.

Posted by AllardK at August 4, 2014 6:27 PM
Comment #381724

In 2008, conservatives unanimously supported the passage of a bill that had unintended consequences, i.e., giving children from non-contiguous countries extensive due process rights to seek asylum.

It has resulted in a flood of children from Central America turning themselves into the Border Patrol and requesting asylum. They cannot be immediately returned under the law.

It is in essence a legal loophole breach of the border.

Now, conservatives balk at amending the Act and providing funding to manage the problem, partially of their own creation.

They want to make this a border security crisis which it is not. These children are evading border security, they are turning themselves into border security.

The only thing that I can say about the conservative Republican response to this issue is what political opportunistic jerks they are.

Posted by: Rich at August 4, 2014 7:16 PM
Comment #381725

Correction. “These children are [not]evading border security…”

Posted by: Rich at August 4, 2014 7:18 PM
Comment #381726

Residency in the US, or any sovereign nation, is not an entitlement. When it becomes one, sovereignty will no longer exist.
Posted by AllardK at August 4, 2014 6:27 PM

Amen Brother. Good comments.

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