Friday, June 24, 2011

Jose Antonio Vargas and Susan B. Anthony

Photo by Ryan Pfluger for The New York Times

The name Jose Antonio Vargas has been in the news lately.  Mr. Vargas is a journalist and has written a New York Times Sunday Magazine article titled “Outlaw.”

The story he writes is about himself.  Mr. Vargas is an illegal alien.

The article, and most of the accompanying analysis, considers Mr. Vargas’ situation a “plight.”  His story exemplifies what is wrong with our immigration policy in America: It harms good people.

Nowhere in the press coverage was any reporting on whether or not Mr. Vargas votes in our elections.  While our culture might not consider his illegal immigration status a problem, is it a problem if he votes?

Susan B. Anthony, a strong proponent of women’s suffrage, was put on trial for voting illegally.  Should Mr. Vargas make a similar stand for the “rights” of non-citizens to influence our elections?

UPDATE 6/28/2011:
This story about Thomas James Ball (h/t Dr. Helen Smith) contrasts our cultural sensitivities in a rather dramatic fashion.  It is significant to note the level of emotional pain that gives rise to a story in The New York Times versus the level of emotional (and physical) pain that does not make the cut.  Our anti-Republican culture in action...

UPDATE 6/29/2011:
More from Dr. Helen...

UPDATE 7/1/2011:
Senator Dick Durbin holds hearings on the DREAM Act and celebrates those individuals attending the meeting of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security who are in the United States illegally.

Sec. 212. [8 U.S.C. 1182] makes an individual inadmissible for immigration to the United States if that individual "falsely represents, or has falsely represented, himself or herself to be a citizens of the United States for any purpose or benefit under this Act or any other Federal or State law." [Sec. 212 (C)]

Similarly, "Any alien who has voted in violation of any Federal, State or local constitutional provision, statute, ordinance, or regulation is inadmissible."[Sec. 212(A)(10)(D)]

The idea is that if you wish to become a U. S. citizen, and don't play by the rule of law, you won't become a legal immigrant.

However, exceptions will be made, and the rule of law need not be followed.

Senator Durbin took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, but his "support" is contingent upon whether or not it will lead to the greater power and authority of the Democratic Party.

UPDATE 10/8/2012:
One federal law enforcement agency (ICE) continues to give favorable treatment to Mr. Vargas.

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