In a February 25, 2015 column by Ann Coulter (www.anncoulter.com/columns/2015-02-25.html), Ms. Coulter complains about the narrow-minded focus of the country on certain issues.
Now, I do not often agree with Coulter. However, her columns are always well researched, supported by sound argument, and well written. In this piece, she makes some valid points, and misses some others.
Coulter writes that Congress and the media fixate on ISIS and the crisis in Syria, yet ignore a much more serious domestic problem, illegal immigration. Or, more to the point, crimes committed by illegal aliens.
History is replete with Governments using Foreign affairs, war being a favorite tool, to divert attention from more pressing, and difficult to solve, domestic issues.
Coulter recites a number of incidents involving illegal immigrants committing violent crimes, ranging from assault and robbery to rape and murder. She details how many of these illegals have extensive criminal records.
The complicity of the media in underreporting crimes by illegal aliens smacks of political correctness run amuck. In many ways, this is more troubling.
She derides Congress, in particular the new Republican majority, for “gassing on about what’s happening 7000 miles away.” She points out that ISIS has killed four Americans, while illegal immigrants have committed thousands of violent crimes killing many American citizens.
As she says, “if you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria.”
Where I diverge with Coulter, and the whole deport every illegal immigrant philosophy, is that while the law is clear, the Justice of its application is not.
First, the easy part, if you are in this country illegally and commit a violent crime you go to jail, and then you get deported. This is the ultimate no brainer.
Why not just deport them, you might ask?
Despite rumors to the contrary, prison is not enjoyable. Giving them a free ride home is like pardoning the crime. Let them do the time, all the time, no parole eligibility by virtue of their illegal status, then back to their country. While I am willing to extend access to our system of Justice to everyone, regardless of his or her immigration status, it is only to a point
Here is where it gets complicated and blanket deportation will not work. Most illegal immigrants obey the law. Hold on there you might say, they came here illegally, and they already broke the law. True, but many came here out of desperation. Many left countries plagued by violence from their own government, starvation, horrendous conditions; they came here for the sake of themselves and their families.
Then, many of them had children who were born here yet, by virtue of the law, are illegal.
Justice in this country is famously blind. However, the true strength of this country is its Justice tempered by Mercy.
There need be a path so those that are here, following our laws and contributing to the cultural mix, can remain here. The words on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free,” are meaningless unless we find a way.
We should demand of our Congress and President, cooperation in finding a solution to illegal immigration. One that fully protects our citizens from violence yet tempers Justice with mercy for those who have heard the message of the Statute of Liberty and believed in it.
If a time arises that ISIS poses a direct threat to this country, I have the utmost confidence in our ability to respond effectively. No military in the world can provide the maximum opportunity for each member of ISIS to enjoy martyrdom like the US military.
In the past, playing the world’s police officer brought us only a few things, a host of dead American service personnel and the rending of our society at home. We cannot ignore the rest of the world, but more importantly, they cannot ignore us. By strengthening our own society, we influence the world for the better.
This country will never truly be in trouble, until people stop trying to come here.