This is page two of a five page series on American Culture and the Mexican Amnesty Bill.

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With respect to the amnesty bill, we must ask what would otherwise happen to the millions of criminal illegal aliens who are in this country now. What will happen to them if they aren’t indemnified? Well that is easy. We want them all shipped back to Mexico, so that will happen right?

The answer to any insightful person is NO. I don’t mean maybe not. Positively NO, no way Jose, ever in our lifetimes or anyone’s to come. They will NOT be rounded up and shipped back to Mexico. They will stay right here, every single last one of them. That’s wrong in my judgment, but that’s show biz baby. There is not even a whimper of political support for shipping anyone home. Any politician who says differently is playing you for a fool. I am not one who says that it is logistically impossible. I am saying it will not be done even if it could be achieved in one single day.

You might say the status quo is a better outcome than amnesty. Upholding the “rule of law” is a vital principle in a society that values individuals more than kings. But it appears to be too late now and the unfortunate part is this is all your fault. It was a fool’s gambit to put immigration policy on the table. Who wanted anything new to be done at all?

The answer is some conservatives have gotten stuck on the idea of shipping illegals back to Mexico because a few high-profile opportunists are manipulating the issue, and so in the face of Reason THEY have turned this into an issue for two years running. They are presenting false choices so that hopeful conservatives themselves are pushing immigration policy to the foreground when it would have been perfectly fine left alone. Well not perfectly fine – the criminal aliens are still streaming into the country, but the only possible outcome to be obtained from stubbornly pushing the immigration issue is amnesty or status quo. Them’s the breaks.

So if we did nothing, at least these illegal alien Mexicans will not become citizens. Better outcome, right? That is clearly a moral judgment call which can reasonably be argued. It is wrong to jump to the front of the line, whether it is the Express Line at Safeway or the citizenship line in the greatest country on earth. But is it also wrong to sanction a caste system in America with multiple groups of differing status? The Spartans did this without any thought to the Hoplites, and our nation was certainly founded on the principle that groups of people could have differing rights based on skin color.

I am actually less caring about the caste system than perhaps I should be. Many deep thinking religious people do care more than me, and to them equal opportunity and equal rights under the law for all inhabitants is of paramount importance. I am just not there, sorry.

I am not sure that I want my gardener, who attends my summer parties and whose kids play with my own as best friends, to have the same government financial perks as me. We are all self-interested when you get right down to it, so I hope I am not so different than everyone else in this thinking. But I do feel a little guilty about it.

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[tags]amnesty, bill, culture, mexican, republican, gop, illegal immigration[/tags]