Illegal-immigration supporters should admit laws are being broken – News Leader

The title of this “Voice of the Day” from a Missouri paper, in response to the good deed of Manuel Jesus Cordova, asks that undocumented migrant supporters admit that laws are being broken. Ok, laws are being broken. Who says they’re not?

The article then goes on to state that if we are going to forgive Manuel Jesus Cordova for being here illegally just because he helped the boy then we should forgive every other criminal if they’ll just do one or two good deeds. Well, in fact criminals are actually given breaks on their sentences depending on their past, but that’s another story. In this case the writer seeks to pair people like Manuel with your average run-of-the-mill “thug” or violent criminal. However the writer claims that people such as myself change the terminology for somebody in the US without permission to “change the debate.”

The whole reason for the use of euphemisms is to change the debate from the issue that really matters, the illegality of their presence, to the issue that does not, where they are from.

Actually the debate is changed by people such as this writer who paint undocumented migrants as common criminals who only want to harm US citizens. This, of course, is bogus and completely untrue. We can his attempt to demonize migrants in this statement:

Secondly, the assumption that any opinion against the illegal hoards currently overrunning our borders must be racist bigotry.

A “hoard” is not a positive group of people coming over to say howdy do. A “hoard” is coming to harm you. Hoard is a word that can better be used to describe the vehement anti-immigrant, nativist, protesters that like to put cameras in people’s face and intimidate hard-working people trying to make it in this world. After telling us of all the good deeds he does in the name of Christianity, in Mexico, he states:

What is often overlooked in this debate is that there are many legal ways to become a resident and a citizen of the United States. I’d suggest to Mr. Cordova that he avail himself of one of them.

This statement suggests to me that the writer has little knowledge of the immigration system. There are not many ways in which Manuel could have availed himself to becoming a citizen. That is simply a mistruth that anti-“illegal” immigrant (who say they’re pro-immigration) like to speak of to make their terrible comments more easily tolerated. The simple truth is that if there were many ways of becoming a citizen or a guest worker people wouldn’t be risking their lives to get over here.

Illegal-immigration supporters should admit laws are being broken – News Leader – Voice of the Day
Published Friday, December 14, 2007

I am temporarily in Springfield assisting with the care of an elderly relative, and I read with interest the letter in the Nov. 30 News-Leader from David Shipp regarding Manuel Cordova Soberanes, the illegal alien who assisted the 9-year-old boy in the Arizona desert.

Mr. Shipp appears to believe that, based upon this one good deed, the fact that Mr. Cordova is a lawbreaker should be overlooked. Based on this theory, all lawbreakers would have to do is a good deed or two, and their crimes will be forgiven.


1 thought on “Illegal-immigration supporters should admit laws are being broken – News Leader”

  1. So, rather than forgiving this one migrant for saving a life, the reader tries to yet find a way to only invalidate his entrance and by consequense, character. It just goes to show that that particular reader couldn’t grasp the profoundness of saving a human life.
    His rhetorical question also doesn’t really make sense. Say for example, if every migrant that crossed the border illegally would save an American life, wouldn’t Most people want them to keep crossing? Or is the principle of keeping them out at every price even more important than American lives. It doesn’t make sense. Saving a life is not your average ‘good deed’. That reader clearly tried to cheapen it, which tells a lot. Isn’t he really saying that it would’ve been ‘better’ if Manuel Jesus didn’t cross at all, including on that day, including for the American boy.

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