Imagine for a moment that you are a 16-year-old young man. Your family is wealthy. You attend a prestigious private school, you have expensive hobbies like travel, motorcycle riding and guitar lessons. You play hockey and lacrosse and drive a BMW. You expect to attend an elite institution for college.
Life is good for you. You have this lifestyle because your family is fortunate, but also because both your parents work very hard to provide for you the very best things in life, so you are prepared to succeed on your own one day. You work hard in school to make your folks proud.
Assume you have a very dear friend who lives down the street from you. He attends school with you, makes good grades and plays on your sports teams. His family also does very well, and they expect the very best for him in the future.
One day, you wake up and you read that your friend’s father has been arrested. 20 years ago, the father embezzled $20 million dollars and the police finally caught up with him. Sadly, there was no doubt the father was a thief. The father had no documentation for how he earned the money and never showed the income on his tax returns.
Your friend tells you that his family has been living off that stolen $20 million dollars. The investments from that money are how your friend and his family sustained their lifestyle.
As the legal mess with his father drags on, your friend gets desperate and then becomes outraged when authorities seize the stolen funds. He goes out and starts to protest, demands justice and tells the world that he MUST be able to keep that money, it is his right, that he is a now a victim as this is the only life he knows and has ever known.
Your friend says to deprive him of this lifestyle is unfair, horrific even.
You ask him why he is doing this, and he tells you: “Please help me. This is the only life I know. I simply cannot live without our nice home, our nice cars, and our private school. Taking these things from me is wrong, I had no choice over my father’s behavior years ago. I must be able to keep this money and the only life I know.”
You try to rationalize with your friend and tell him that yes, he is indeed in a very difficult position. While you feel bad about his situation, you remind him that his father broke the law.
You tell him that while he may choose to say that his father has “undocumented income,” most people would simply say that his Dad is a thief and that his money was obtained illegally.
You further share with your friend that people should not be rewarded for breaking the law. You remind him that you learned this lesson in civics class together, that America is a nation that respects the rule of law and that this concept is one of our greatest strengths as a nation.
Now, stop imagining and wake up. If you actually believe the young man should be able to keep the $20 million his father stole, then please read no further. We are wasting our time with you.
However, if you find it offensive that a man would steal $20 million dollars and are outraged that his child could somehow claim a right to that stolen money, please read on.
While you may be impressed with the father’s financial acumen and ability to both invest well, not get caught and take care of his family, yet you still believe what he did was wrong and that neither he nor his family can continue to benefit from a crime, then you are like most American’s who understand the difference between right and wrong.
If you haven’t gotten the joke yet, think a little deeper about “undocumented” income. It’s not undocumented, its stolen. Just as those who cross our borders without permission break the law. It is not “undocumented income,” its stolen money, and they are not “undocumented people,” they are illegal aliens.
Even if they commit no further crimes once they get here, have wonderful children that we give cute name like “Dreamers,” they are still lawbreakers.
It is wrong for America to reward lawbreakers and just as wrong to reward the children of law breakers with privileged status. While it is also wrong to punish young children as most had no say in the matter of their border crossing, we cannot reward them either. All of these participants need to be returned to their countries of origin, anything less is un-American.
While we can all have empathy for their plight, when they take to the streets to protest our enforcement of our own laws, this is when Americans must say enough.
These young people demean our nation by demanding citizenship that is not theirs to demand. We may choose to offer some variant of it, but we should never offer a gift from someone who demands it.
One cannot demand a gift – only idiots would succumb to such a tactic
Until they stop the demands, no special status should be conveyed upon “Dreamers.” Simply put, they have lost the moral high-ground with their protests.
It is offensive to law abiding American’s when illegal aliens take to the streets and demand citizenship. It is audacious and ridiculous of them to do so and insults the very fabric of our democracy, our rule of law, and our decency.
You are here illegally, at least have the courtesy to understand that. Their protests are synonymous to a squatter complaining that the bed is too hard. We are not ignorant to the paradox of these young people, nor are we unkind. We just believe in the rule of law.
When Democrats say these are the very best of people, it seems unconscionable that these same Democrats would want to deprive the nations of origin of their “best people.” Is the irony not lost on Democrats?