When All Else Fails

U.S. Government Deports Woman and Kidnaps Her Children

by Ryan W. McMaken, LRC

Anti-immigrant conservatives cheer.

Reyes Jimenez’s son and three daughters are now living in foster care in Phoenix, and are awaiting possible adoption. Reyes Jimenez is back in Mexico, her parental rights terminated by an Arizona judge, and she cries when she remembers the raid that began it all.

“My daughters were calling, ‘Mommy, my Mommy,'” said Reyes Jimenez. “I felt destroyed. I felt like I would never see my girls, even worse [the baby] was so small. I had just bought her cradle and her stroller.”

I can hear the advocates for despotism in the name of combating immigration already: “The woman was a lawbreaker. This is sad, but she broke the law.”

I can only quote Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas: “An unjust law is no law at all.” But alas, those who advocate for for such forms of despotism need not have any regard for the morality of such laws since the foundational philosophy of anti-immigration activists is nothing more sophisticated than “We must support big government or immigrants will come here and support big government.”

Like the war on drugs and the war on poverty and war on terrorism, the war on immigrants is little more that a license for the government to imprison, kidnap, and steal from peaceful people. And of course, it’s not just the immigrants who suffer. One of the central planks of theanti-immigrant position is to severely punish and harass small business owners and entrepreneurs who dare not jump through dozens of hoops to gain government permission to hire people. These same activists praise laws like the Alabama immigration law that is about little more than arresting, imprisoning, harassing, and prosecuting anyone who doesn’t carry the proper government permission to exist, including one Mercedez-Benz executive who failed to produce the proper ID. Why anyone would open a business in Alabama at this point is beyond me.

The only moral position, assuming one wishes to lessen immigration, is to cut welfare programs that subsidize immigrants. Cutting subsidies is always a good idea, and its a pro-liberty thing to do. Of course, the real symbols of the anti-immigration movement are the barb-wire fence, the prison, the government agent, the watchtower, and the machine gun.

Among all the presidential candidates, including Obama, only Ron Paul has a reasonable position on immigration:

[Paul] also said he doesn’t subscribe to the commonly held Republican belief that border security must be made much more stringent. “As one who believes in individual liberty, the American spirit and the American dream, the one thing that I have resisted and condemned and think it is not the American way — I just do not believe that barbed-wired fences and guns on our border will solve any of our problems,” he said.

And Paul said he doesn’t like the idea of deporting illegal immigrants to their home countries, as other GOP candidates have suggested. He said he would give “serious consideration” to such a move for those who have been found to break the law.

But he added, “I think 99 percent or a high percentage of people who come here, come here because they believe in the American dream…. And also I believe most immigrants come here with a very healthy work ethic.”