What About Illegal Immigration?

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.

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Thieves steal ‘miracle’ icon

CNN.com – Thieves steal ‘miracle’ icon – Aug 19, 2006

Police on Saturday set up roadblocks and launched helicopter searches for thieves who scaled a cliff and stole a 700-year-old religious icon from a monastery in southern Greece.

The Icon of The Virgin Mary, which is credited with miracles, was reported missing Friday at the Orthodox Christian monastery of Elona, near the town of Leonidio, about 300 kilometers (185 miles) southwest of Athens.

I’d hate to be these guys. You know how you don’t mess with people’s mothers and expect then to take it? Well, tbhis is the mother of God we’re talking about. You don’t mess with the mother of God. He really doesn’t like that.

Snakes on a Plane

There are some movie quotes that just stick with us: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” “We’ll always have Paris.” “Don’t call me Shirley.” I’ve expressed a personal fondness for “Yippie-ki-yay, mother f***er” a number of times.

Well, we may have a new champion:

I’ve had it with these mother f***ing snakes on this mother f***ing plane!

I saw Snakes on a Plane (2006) with a friend of mine last night. It was better than a movie with that title has a right to be. I’m not really into suspense “thrillers” like this, and I’m not that fond of snakes, shall we say, but it was still a great movie. Now there was some gratuitous nudity and some almost literal bathroom humor. (A snake attacked a guy who was using the facilities. I think every guy in audience felt severe pain.) So it’s not a movie for everyone.

On which point, allow me to rant for a second: during the opening credits, a family came in with about 7 kids, none whom could have been over 12 and some as young as five. It’s a freaking R-rated movie, with nudity, language and violence. Were the parents even thinking? The friend I saw it with is one of my Catholic buddies and we were stunned. Walking out of the theater some guys behind us, who didn’t strike us as the devout Christian sort were also talking about it. Common sense people: kids don’t need to be exposed to movies like this. More evidence that common sense isn’t.</rant>

But back to the movie.

The plot is, to my knowledge, actually fairly plausible. The characters, though, are often cliched: angry black man, jolly fat black guy, slutty stewardess, rude and arrogant foreigner, kids flying alone for the first time, mother with a baby, newlywed couple, a fa-laming male flight attendant, etc. Despite the stock characters, it’s a well-done movie, the characters are actually well-written and enjoyable, expect for those you’re supposed to hate.

And, as always, Samuel L. Jackson is the man. As I said to my friend on the way out of the theater: “No one says ‘motherf***er’ quite like Samuel L. Jackson.” I was going to say that he’s one of the celebrities who seems like he’d be a great guy to have a beer with, but according to his IMDB autobiography, he’s a recovering alcoholic, so I’ll leave it at he seems like a great guy to hang out with.

This movie will not give you insight into the meaning of life or help you understand the human condition, but you’ll have a great time.