In the case of the illegal alien charged with criminal trespass in Hudson, NH, the prosecution has answered the attempt by the defense to dismiss the charges. They say that Sergio Robles Ruiz of Mexico knew he entered the United States illegally, and willfully refused to obtain a visa to remain here legally. Therefore, he was breaking the New Hampshire criminal trespass statute, which states unequivocally:
“A person is guilty of criminal trespass if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he enters or remains in any place.”
Prosecutor Brenda Hume made an analogy that makes my heart swoon. “His omission to get permission to be in this country is his failure to act, just as a sexual offender who fails to register commits an omission to act when legally required to do so.”
On the other hand, Robles Ruiz’ defense attorney is repeating what I earlier nominated for the “Duh” quote of the day: “there is no safe harbor in the entire state where Mr. Robles Ruiz could go to avoid breaking the law.”
Yup, that’s just about right.
And in a related story, we see the consequences of just letting our current immigration policy (isn’t that an oxymoron?) stay unaltered, as two Massachusetts men are being charged with smuggling illegal aliens into the country as indentured servants, forced to work to pay off their “travel expenses” and interest, piled on at the rate of 5 to 7 percent per month. Some illegal aliens apparently had to give back all their wages towards their debt until it was settled.
Those who support “immigrant rights” (the wonderful euphemism that allows them to blend together those who follow all the rules and laws and come here legally, and those criminals who cut in line and violate the laws of the United States) accuse those of us who want strict enforcement of our borders and immigration laws of being hard-hearted and cruel. But it’s their own complacency for the status quo and opposition to enforcement of the law that leads to such cases as these modern-day slave traders.
But that’s OK. They’re the compassionate ones, after all. They’re the ones that really care about people. Even the slave traders.