The fact that those opposed to *all *immigration are also opposed to illegal immigration does not in any way imply that those opposed to *illegal *immigration are opposed to all immigration.
While up to last week I vigorously opposed any “path to legality” for those here illegally, I always was fine with legal immigration and fine with the idea of increasing the numbers of people we permit to enter legally; however, I seem to have become an oddity as while I continue to believe that our government should be vigorously against people being here in the future illegally and prosecuting those who hire illegal immigrants, I am no longer against a plan for making legal those who are already here illegally.
Here is what happened: a person much holier and more theologically educated than I explained the situation to me:
First, how can we expect others to respect our laws if we ourselves do not? The federal government has repeatedly promised to protect our borders and has repeatedly failed in this promise. That has led to a lot of difficulties and heartbreak for people. However, the fact is that our government pretty much ignored the situation and that our business people took advantage of the situation. Why should the only people held accountable for this be those who accepted what was in effect an open invitation on our part?
Secondly, those who have applied to immigrate legally will not be treated in an unjust manner according to Catholic thinking, as shown by the parable of the workers hired first in the morning, then at noon, then later in the day. When the employer started paying the late-comers the daily rate, those who had started working in the morning were dismayed, but he said that since he would be paying them the amount that they had agreed to, they were not being ripped off.
I could see that.
So now what I would like to see from the government is some form of legalization process for those already here, which would include a *rigorous *background check (so none of the bad guys could sneak into legality) and other stipulations, and a ***thorough ***and well-thought-out re-vamping of our immigration policies, and, by golly, a fine for our government for every day they delay on actually protecting our borders. (OK, I realize the fine for the government wouldn’t work, but that really makes me crazy).