Welcome to full-employment America, where agents of Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) are courageously arresting illegal immigrants at their workplaces for the unpardonable sin of processing the chicken that the rest of us eat.
For God’s sake, don’t be moved by stories of kindergarteners crying while watching their parents get hauled away. We are either a nation of laws and borders or we cease to exist (to borrow a phrase from Charles Manson). This is about the rule of law, plain and simple, or maybe it’s about our “sovereignty,” but either way Donald Trump was elected by fully 46 percent of voters promising to deport illegal immigrants. Elections have consequences, and if you let foreign-born line-jumpers work in food-processing plants, we’re just one step away from letting murder be legal. What part of legal immigration don’t you understand? These are invaders, race-mixers, “bad hombres,” probably drug dealers and rapists, and what kind of parent breaks the law so flagrantly, thus putting their kids at risk by leaving their shithole countries to do work that legal residents eschew? The very worst parents, moral defectives who refuse to abide the God-given rules about immigration that only terrible presidents such as Ronald Reagan dare to sweep aside, like some furshlugginer Prometheus.
We can only shudder when we recall Dutch’s response in a 1980 debate with another sickening Republican appeaser, George H.W. Bush:
Rather than talking about putting up a fence, why don’t we work out some recognition of our mutual problems? Make it possible for them to come here legally with a work permit, and then, while they’re working and earning here, they’d pay taxes here. And when they want to go back, they can go back. They can cross. Open the borders both ways.
Besides, ICE has already released 300 of the 680 detainees, some on “humanitarian grounds,” so if anything the whole operation really proves what a welcoming, kind country America really is. It’s not like the business owners, such as Koch Foods CEO Joseph Grendys (net worth: $2.5 billion), will get jailed or fined, even if his company will lose “millions of dollars in a week’s time” simply from the disruption caused by the raid. In fact, we’re such a kind and generous country, charities are already springing up to help the people arrested by ICE.
Those libertarians and Koch brothers types who are in favor of letting more people come here legally keep forgetting that immigrants who come here illegally from Spanish-speaking countries will, once granted citizenship, vote against politicians who tried to deport them. And you can’t have open borders and a welfare state, so in the name of limited government and conservative values, we’ve got to say adios to immigrants, especially the illegal ones, who are already barred from receiving most forms of welfare and are at a 10-year low, so we won’t miss them anyway, except in industries such as dairy farming, but a 90 percent increase in milk prices would be a small price to pay when you think about it even for a minute.
America is already 34th among the 50th richest countries in terms of share of foreign-born residents (both legal and unauthorized). Between 2015 and 2017, we let in five immigrants (legal and unauthorized) per 1,000 residents. And even though a record-high 75 percent of us agree that “immigration is a good thing,” we risk becoming like Canada (which let in eight immigrants per 1,000 people) and Australia (14 per 1,000) if we don’t keep raiding chicken plants in Mississippi. Who would want to explain that to our grandchildren?
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Nick Gillespie is an editor at large at Reason.
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