Protestual Gatherance!

On Friday last when we went out to lunch we were surprised to see lots of police and lots of people walking through town. From our office window we could see thousands upon thousands of people marching 10 abreast for what seemed like hours. I asked a police woman what was going on and she told me that immigrants and others were marching to protest the Immigration Bill lately passed by the House of Representatives.

So I took it upon myself to read the bill that was sent to the Senate – HR 4437. This odious assault on humanity has many offensive provisions. Lets start with The (NON)Sense of Congress, Section 118, Paragraph A, Clause 2

As a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, perpetrated by al Qaida terrorists on United States soil, the United States is engaged in a Global War on Terrorism.
Yes, that was bad. But shall we do the work of closing off our society for the people whose stated intention is the obliteration of the western way of life? Then clause 6:

If illegal aliens can enter and remain in the United States with impunity, so, too, can terrorists enter and remain while they plan, rehearse, and then carry out their attacks.
Ah, I see, we are just going to use people’s fear of terrorism to get a little extra juice to see if we can get this nativist piece of tribalist tripe through the formerly august people’s chamber. Well after warming up, we might as well get right down to brass tacks.

SEC. 274. (a) Criminal Offenses and Penalties-

(1) PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES- Whoever–

`(C) assists, encourages, directs, or induces a person to reside in or remain in the United States, or to attempt to reside in or remain in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such person is an alien who lacks lawful authority to reside in or remain in the United States;

Hmm, so if I assist someone to remain in the US or,

`(D) transports or moves a person in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such person is an alien who lacks lawful authority to enter or be in the United States, where the transportation or movement will aid or further in any manner the person’s illegal entry into or illegal presence in the United States;

If I drive a friend who happens to be an illegal alien to work, or,

`(E) harbors, conceals, or shields from detection a person in the United States knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such person is an alien who lacks lawful authority to be in the United States;

If I allow such a friend to spend the night at my house or even invite them to a party or basically socialize with them in any way other than marching them straight in to see our friendly local INS officer, or,

(G) conspires or attempts to commit any of the preceding acts,

If I even so much as think about socializing, working or even looking at or doing anything other than marching such a dangerous person as an ILLEGAL ALIEN (my that sounds so awful) straight down to our local friendly INS officer for processing and deportation (at the ILLEGAL ALIEN’s own expense mind you), then,

shall be punished as provided in paragraph (2), regardless of any official action which may later be taken with respect to such alien.

(2) CRIMINAL PENALTIES- A person who violates the provisions of paragraph (1) shall–

`(A) except as provided in subparagraphs (D) through (H), in the case where the offense was not committed for commercial advantage, profit, or private financial gain, be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or fined under title 18, United States Code, or both;

Well then I am going to do hard time in the federal pen to be gang-raped by animals for something on the order of 5-20 years. (If the person worked for me, say as a nanny or a dishwasher or cook in a restaurant i or my wife happened to own then that would presumably be for commercial benefit which carries a stiffer 20 year penalty).

You simply cannot make this stuff up! Isnt this the kind of thing totalitarian governments, like the Nazis, cooked up to prevent people from hiding ILLEGAL people, like Jews in the 1930’s and 1940’s? Isnt this the kind of ‘law’ the Soviets might have employed to threaten the families and friends of dissidents? A federal crime to harbor people whose only crime is seeking a better life? Now I am not pretending that in the United States the results would be the same as they were under the tyrants of the twentieth century but dont these congresspeople realize how this looks?

I can tell you that I have in fact transported illegal aliens to work. And when I was an attorney, I let an illegal couple stay in an extra bedroom in my apartment. OH MY GOD! I could go to jail! I even tried to use the legal process to get them green cards! That would be assiting a person I knew to be illegal to persist in staying here illegally! At least until they were here legally. But do you know what I found out in my researches? It is incredibly difficult to immigrate here legally. This couple, Enrique and Lynne, had fled Capetown, South Africa after the ANC took power with the end of Apartheid and all hell broke loose there.

Lynne was just a plain old Dutch Afrikaaner. Enrique was a Jew, born in Argentina, who fled persecution there for Israel and somehow wound up in South Africa. His father actually served in the United States navy during WWII in order to flee the Netherlands. And yet, neither an immigration attorney they hired, nor I could secure them legal status here. Incredible. I have other friends who have tried to immigrate from such dangerous places as Wales (I think there is still an underground Welsh separatist movement just waiting for their chance to free Wales from their forced unification with England some 800 years ago. That the Crown Prince of England is known as the Prince of Wales must really rub them the wrong way.) as well as Hong Kong. My friend from Hong Kong is still waiting to be able to come back here after 2 years. He has a wife and child here. I think he has seen his child twice.

This is another bill sponsored by someone with whom everyone who is serious about liberty ought to become aware, Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. of Wisconsin. This is one unibrowed fascist son-of-a-bitch. Also Sponsored the Real ID Act, otherwise known as the National ID Act.

The Immigration laws in this country are in fact broken as I can attest, having tried futilely to engage them. But this law is not going to fix what is broken. It is only going to make a bad situation worse.

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