People are referred to as “illegal aliens” because they are in our country illegally. To an Ole seagull, it makes no difference whether that illegal alien is Irish, Martian, Hispanic, English, Lilliputian or otherwise, an illegal alien is an illegal alien. “Now Seagull, be politically correct, don’t use the word “alien” use the word “immigrant.’” Give an Ole Seagull a break, accuracy trumps political correctness and in terms of federal statutes and dictionary definitions, as used to describe those in this country illegally, “alien” appears to be the more accurate term.
Section 1325 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code (18 USC 1325), entitled “Improper entry by alien” makes certain acts a crime with up to two years in a federal prison for its violation. Specifically it states, “Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact…” is in violation of its provisions.
“Now hold on here Seagull, are you saying that aliens in this country in violation of 18 USC 1325 are criminals?” “No, the law itself says that.”
“Isn’t there an exception for those “that just want a better life for themselves and their families?” Not that an Ole Seagull sees in the statute, but then there is not normally an exception in criminal statutes for those who are committing a crime because they just want a better life for themselves and their families.
Besides, isn’t that what every normal human being wants, “a better life for themselves and their families?” That’s not the question, it’s all about how one goes about attaining it. May an Ole Seagull suggest that in the vast majority of the countries in this world, it would be counterproductive for an alien seeking a better life for themselves and their families to enter the country illegally? Yet in this country illegal aliens have their children educated, receive benefits and get “that better life” at the expense of those citizens and others living in America legally. That’s nuts!
It is conservatively estimated that there are 11 million illegal aliens in our country. Some, including the Ole Seagull, believe that number is drastically underestimated. One has to believe that a large portion of those illegal aliens are in violation of the criminal provisions of 18 USC 1325 and yet, what are our Washington politicians proposing to do? They propose to reward their criminal behavior and the behavior of all other illegal aliens, through some sort of amnesty.
The scary thing is these are the same politicians who, if CBS’s “60 Minutes” is right, changed the decades old laws prohibiting the sale of the very financial instruments that were a primary factor in our current financial crises to permit their sale. The ones who designed the credit card reform in such a manner that the very credit card companies bailed out with U.S. taxpayer dollars had a chance to raise interest rates and other requirements on their card holders well before any protection was afforded them.
In an Ole Seagull’s opinion, the only benefits an illegal alien should receive are those necessary and directly connected with providing the health care, sustenance, and travel assistance necessary to send them back where they came from as quickly as possible. On the other hand legal aliens or those immigrants from other countries who have become American citizens through the legal process should be given all the rights the law allows.
“But Seagull, you can’t get 11 million plus illegal aliens out of the country and even if you did the lack of control on our boarders would result in the same situation arising again!” An Ole Seagull simply doesn’t believe that is true and that all that is needed is a national will for our country and its processes to be run for the benefit of its citizens and others who are here legally. In fact, he has a plan he believes will solve both problems and result in increased National security, while saving billions of dollars that will be spent on illegal aliens, today and in the future, once they are “legalized.”