I’ve been mulling over a post about illegal immigration for a while now, but I’ve been taking my time since it can be such a sensitive and complicated issue. I read a good article in the latest issue of The Catholic Answer that I think does a good job covering the points I wanted to make. (It’s not available online.)
Before I list the guidelines this article suggests as the points we need to take into account when formulating an immigration policy, I want to make clear my main problems with illegal immigration:
1) It’s illegal. Respect for valid and just laws should be a benchmark of our personal behavior. Immigration law is very screwed up and in great need of reform, but there’s little inherently unjust about it and therefore deserves our respect. We fail as citizens of America and the world when we encourage disrespect for and the flouting of valid laws.
2) Mass immigration can remake our society without the consent or even input of the current members of our nation. Ryan at Jokers to the Right by coincidence has a post describing the division and instability this can bring to our nation when immigration becomes too destabilizing a force.
After the break I’ll list the principles the article discussed and add any comments I have on them.