While some measures may be necessary, I'm troubled by the response of many Americans--including fellow Repubicans and so-called "conservatives."
My statement is simple:
If the illegal immigrant is the one breaking the law, the illegal immigrant should carry the burden for breaking that law.
American citizens should not become the target of drastic measures.
I'm concerned that the fight against illegal immigration is resulting in an assault on American liberty. Presidents and Congresses have failed to do their job at the border, and now they want to tighten laws around the lives of innocent Americans.
The following requirements of Oklahoma's law is a burden on the back of normal Americans:
Create a state felony offense for persons who knowingly harbor, transport, conceal or shelter illegal aliens. Each offense is punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
As a conservative, evangelical Christians in America, I find the above requirement to be a real problem.
If a person is in real need--the churches in Oklahoma should help him, illegal immigrant or not. The other day I saw a news story where one of the sponsors of Oklahoma's new bill threatened churches with the loss of 501(c)(3) status if they met real needs of illegal immigrants.
Was this man supposed to be a "freedom-loving Republican?"
I don't hate illegal immigrants, although we need to stop illegal immigration the best way we can. Yet, I do wonder why some "conservatives" seem to hate illegal immigrants more than they love freedom and our Constitutional heritage.
I'm not interested in the philosophy that says, "Statism is the only solution to Illegal Immigration."
Consider this Oklahoma requirement (a haunting remnant from Washington's failed "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" bill:
As of July 2008, businesses will have to check new employees' work authorization with federal databases.
In order for such an instantly-accessible database to work, everyone will have to be in it. This will necessitate branding every American citizen (maybe with biometrics?) in order to ensure that the government has the correct electronic ball-and-chain on the correct citizen.
Enter the "necessity" of the REAL ID Act.
Remember, the REAL ID Act is more than just a "secure card." It is an entire infrastructure supporting a National ID Card:
-A National ID Database (50 state databases linked into 1 network),
-Machine-readable technology (hand-held scanners--to scan anyone, anytime.),
-Codes about an individual's "acceptability" for work, travel, banking, and potentially much, much more.
Without the electronic ball-and-chain, the individual cannot function at various levels of society.
Are not Americans supposed to be a free people?
Then why do we have to live with constant, real-time, electronic, governmental permission to function?
Is totalitarianism the only correct response to illegal immigration?
I thought Americans were smarter than this.
I thought "conservative" Republicans would be better than this.