Picture in your mind the most fanatical advocates for illegal immigration. In all likelihood, your mind congers up images of militant ethnocentrists, or radical multiculturalists. Well, think again. Some of the shrillest advocates for illegal immigration are likely to be wearing hand-made suits and cashing-in on the tax credit for private jets. They also, very likely, maintain a subscription to Business Week magazine and have a Bloomberg terminal perched on their mahogany desks.
The current issue of Bloomberg/Business Week features a 1,360-word op-ed entitled, “How to Be a Patriot: Hire an Illegal Immigrant,” penned by Charles Kenny. Yes, the folks who have exported millions of American jobs to Third World sweat shops, who put nice shiny ribbons on toxic mortgages and knowingly sold them to you as “investments,” are the true patriots. Now, as their next act of patriotic selflessness, they want to give away your jobs to illegal aliens – that is, those they haven’t already given away.
Insatiable greed and avarice are bad enough. But in an age of supreme shamelessness, the gluttonous class sees their own behavior as nothing less than noble. Their moral imperative to further line their own pockets, in their estimation, justifies just about any act to achieve that desired end. “When a law itself prohibits doing the right thing, when it is immoral rather than just annoying or inconvenient, and when breaking that law does no great harm to any others, it is justifiable for people of conscience to choose to break that law,” writes Kenny. “Current U.S. immigration laws have all the moral standing of pass laws in South Africa.”
No doubt that is exactly why Nelson Mandela languished for 27 years in a prison cell so that he could serve as an example for those exercising civil disobedience in the great moral crusade to prevent “putting greens [from becoming] infested with crab grass,” as Kenny writes.
Critics often try to demonize those who advocate for true immigration reform as people who cold-heartedly want to deny those who have nothing an opportunity to achieve something. In fact, the labels and the epithets are more appropriately applied to those who already have everything and believe it is their patriotic duty to demand more.