All men are not created equal

Yesterday on the radio, I heard this schmuck argue in favor of the current proposal to grant illegal aliens in-state tuition in Massachusetts. I’m not going to rehash what was said then, but one of his remarks got me thinking.

He said “they just want the rights everyone else has, and they deserve them.”

Rights are odd things. In the ideal world, everyone has equal rights, and no one is better or worse than anyone else. But that’s simply not the way things are. All people are not equal in the eyes of the law — and I happen to agree with that.

At the top of the food chain are native-born American citizens. They have the greatest claim on government efforts, as they have a firm stake in the future prosperity of the nation. Further, they (or, rather, “we,” as I fall into this category), are specifically mentioned in the Preamble of the United States Constitution:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The next level is that of naturalized Americans. Their rights are virtually equal with those of us who were fortunate enough to have been born here. In fact, there are only two differences — one legal, one more abstract.

The legal difference is that, in addition to being liable to the same punishments for breaking the law, naturalized citizens can be stripped of their citizenship as well, and deported — a fate I never have to fear. And the other one is that naturalized citizens, as a group, tend to value their citizenship and cherish this country a bit more directly than those of us who have never known different. Sometimes I envy them; their citizenship is the result of a conscious act, not a mere accident of birth as mine is, and they can rightfully take pride in their achievement.

The next level is those of legal resident aliens. They have many of the rights as citizens, but not all. They cannot vote, for example. I agree with this — they have considerably less of a stake in the future than those of us who are citizens. If they voted, they could screw up things as best they could, then bail out and go home again, leaving the rest of us to live with the consequences.

Below them are temporary visitors. Tourists, students, and others who come to the US, but don’t plan to stay. They have the barest of rights — they can’t work, for example, let alone vote.

At the bottom of things are illegal aliens. They know that the US has clearly established procedures for coming here, for whatever reason, but choose to ignore those and do as they please. They cross the border illegally, come as “tourists” or “students” and refuse to leave as they promised, or “cheat” and “cut in line” in some other way. I heard recently that last year it finally reached the point where more people entered the US illegally than legally last year.

Yes, illegal aliens are human beings, too, and entitled to basic human rights. But no more. They are not entitled to any of the privileges reserved for those who obey the law. They are not entitled to driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, free or subsidized education, social services, or any of the things that many try to appropriate for them.

Because to do so is to denigrate and cheapen those things, and a gross insult to those who have worked so hard to obey the law and play by the rules to come to this country. I think it’s on their behalf that I get the most angry about illegal aliens.

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