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Friday, May 12, 2006

Immigration Reform: Out of the Mouths of Babes

Cross posted from CommonSenseAmerica:

Sometimes adults have a hard time figuring out issues that are seemingly very simple because, somewhere along the line, they’ve lost their inner sense of right and wrong. The Bible refers to “out of the mouth of babes” in Psalms and in the Gospel of Matthew and today, Burt Prelutsky of Townhall.com has an excellent article titled, Sandbox Sermons, that is a must read.

Mr. Prelutsky begins with the moral compass that guides children:

Quite often when people are in a mood to insult world leaders, they’ll accuse them of behaving like children. To which I say, I only wish it were so.

The fact of the matter is that most kids have a very moral take on things. Because they are small and weak, their very survival requires total concentration and a very clear focus. They have a heightened sense of good and bad because their lives consist of inevitable repercussions.

Whereas most adults can get away with stuff so long as cops and the IRS don’t find out about it, kids are nearly always under extremely close scrutiny. That’s why children will often be heard to say, “That’s not fair” or “You cheated” or “It’s my turn.” They make concise and immediate moral judgments that would make a Jesuit’s head spin. It is behavior not much favored by grown-ups, most of whom exist in a world of moral ambiguity; after a certain age, black and whites disappear in a morass of grays.

It’s this gray area that gets most adults into trouble. Mr. Prelutsky goes on to describe the issue of illegal immigration, asserting that even a child would immediately see, and call for, the remedy that seems so elusive and confusing to our Senators and other elected officials.

For instance, adults recognize that illegal immigration is an enormous problem in America. Even before 9/11, it was a major headache. Millions of Hispanics crossing our border were adding a terrible burden to our schools, our hospitals and, yes, our prisons. States such as California, Texas and Arizona, were being overrun by these invaders whose very first act in their new country was to break the law!

When some people dared to state concern, their voices were drowned out by the Hispanic politicians looking to tie up blocs of votes and the Catholic hierarchy looking to fill up empty pews.

Suggest that the country didn’t really need ten million unskilled laborers and you were denounced as a racist. Suggest that Americans would bus tables and pick lettuce if the price were right, and you were flogged as an enemy of free enterprise.

I have argued long and hard that most Americans would rather pay an extra five cents for a head of lettuce than to subsidize the farm industry with illegal laborers. But the politicians continue to champion the bracero program as if it were the answer to a prayer. And I suppose it is if you’re running for office, own a ten thousand acre farm in the Imperial Valley, or head up a diocese.

Of course if I were a kid, I could have saved my breath. Explain to a seven-year-old that there are millions of people all over the world, their names on official lists, waiting their turn to enter America legally, and he’d sum up the illegal alien problem with a terse, “No fair taking cuts!”

Be sure to read the entire article because Mr. Prelutsky also takes on the issue of the Iraq war and Saddam Hussein in an honest, common sense approach.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**


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