Thursday, May 26, 2005

Whoa, I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien...

Today on NPR's Morning Edition, there was a piece about how local sheriffs in New Hampshire are frustrated that the feds aren't cracking down on illegal Mexican immigrants.... so when these local sheriffs catch illegal immigrants, they arrest them for the state charge of criminal trespass. Arg. One of the sheriffs justified it by saying it was a matter of national security and that if the feds didn't know about these Mexican immigrants, think about all the other illegals they didn't know about! Yikes! The Mexican embassy has hired the local ACLU chapter to represent the aliens.

Okay, the sheriff cites to the whole 9/11-terrorists-are-coming-to-get-us pathos and the best way to stop them is by.... arresting illegal Mexican laborer with criminal trespass. Huh? Okay, first of all, most of the September 11th highjackers entered the country legally, soooooo, there goes that argument. Second.... yeah, I still don't even get how busting Mexicans in New Hampshire is connected to national security.

My favorite part was when the sheriff said that he, of course, understood why everyone would want to come to the States because we are, after all, the greatest country ever, but that there were legal ways of doing such things.

Just in case you thought being an illegal immigrant in the States is a good time, check out this article in today's Times.

On a completely unrelated note, if you recall from yesterday, I commented on a Curbed post regarding a gold-dipped 600 sq/ft, $800K studio on Christopher Street. More irate reader comments here, and more people wrote in with other gold-dipped apartments here. Funny stuff.

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