Evidently the phrase “beggars can’t be choosers” doesn’t translate into Spanish.
A group calling itself United We Stay has issued a “bill of rights” — really a list of demands — for illegal immigrants.
The list is as follows:
- “Acknowledgment that we are already here, that we are human beings with a right to be, that our mere presence cannot be deemed illegal or our existence alien.
- “Affirmation that we are to be treated with dignity and respect, not just because of who we are, but who you are – historic beneficiaries of immigrant struggles for the freedom to be.
- “Recognition of our right to be presented with a path to citizenship/residency as the first priority of future immigration policy combined with interim deferment of all law-abiding Undocumented Americans against detention and deportation.
- “Compelled authorization of birth certificates for our U.S.-born children to ensure their constitutionally guaranteed right to citizenship.
- “Protection against cruel and unusual punishment, including the separation of our immediate families and incarceration without charges, hearings or representation.
- “Access to non-discriminating public education and in-state tuition to ensure that our children realize their full potential for themselves and the country.
- “Guarantee of wage equality with a legal right to petition for wage theft or workplace mistreatment without jeopardizing our immigration status.
- “Assurance of humanitarian treatment, including medical care.
- “Protection against detention or deportation when we report a crime as a victim or witness.
- “Guarantee of the Declaration’s unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The document obviously is trying to draw up an equivalency between citizens of the United States and foreigners who just happen to be standing inside the United States, but phrases such as “law-abiding Undocumented Americans” are simply oxymorons.
The Obama Administration has deliberately broken the law and suspended most deportations, and the resulting flood of illegal immigrants has justifiably been compared to an invasion as thousands upon thousands of foreigners with no intention of assimilating have come to this country and brought their Third World attitudes with them.
So the demands to stop deportations have already been met. Other demands about medical care, in-state tuition, wage theft and a path to citizenship are all things that could be easily taken care of by the immigrants themselves.
All they have to do is self-deport and apply for legal entry into the country, like the millions of legal immigrants who have become part of America.
It’s a little hard to sympathize with a list of demands from people who, as a group, have caused their own problems and who are causing so many problems for the people who are citizens or legal residents.
If illegal aliens want to be treated with dignity and respect, then they should start by showing some respect for this nation’s laws. That’s the meat of the problem. The rest of it’s gravy.