Recent immigration column was misinformed and irresponsible
Last week there was a very well written opinion piece in the Daily Emerald. Of course, no paper can print a letter, article, or op-ed about illegal aliens without the follow up response of "You're racist" a few days later. See if you catch the theme:
...irresponsible piece of “journalism” that contains more than just a tinge of racism.
Are all people of color potential terrorists?
The U.S. government is not above acting illegally.
...part of the reason “Mexico’s lack of infrastructure” exists is not its own problem, but rather a result of how the U.S. has exploited this less powerful country over time.
Don’t tell me that American citizens would take these jobs for the same crappy pay and no benefits and hazardous working conditions.
Instead of making any attempt to see people who come here as what they are — human beings — who for the most part come here out of sheer desperation, Ms. Brock turns them into faceless “criminals” and “terrorists.”
It's like talking to a child who heard a "fact" on the school playground and now lives by it. Opposing criminals acts is racist, all the bad in the world is the fault of America, criminals are people too, Americans won't do those jobs, blah blah blah.
It would take 20 minutes of saying "but are they breaking the law" to get this writer to admit that yes, they have broken the law. Another 20 minutes of repeating "but doesn't that make them criminals" would finally get her to concede that yes, that does make them criminals.
So it comes down to the fact that this person is willing to excuse criminal behavior. It's not uncommon, people do it every day. Kids say "record companies make millions, downloading this song/CD isn't stealing" even though it is.
It's part of the "I want it but I'm not willing to pay for it" attitude. It's based on entitlement, you think that you should get something because you somehow deserve to have it. The fact that is may be illegal, wrong, and taking from someone else is irrelevent at that point, you insist that it's ok because if you didn't have what you want it would somehow be "unfair."
In the eyes of God and in terms of right and wrong, stealing a CD or trip into this country is no different that robbing an elderly woman. None of those acts should be justified.