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"I just got pulled over for speeding. When the cop asked me for my license, I told him I was an "undocumented" driver. He gave me a ticket anyway. Go figure ..."
This is a repost of my response to Mary Ellen Flannery's article published on July 10, 2017 in NEA Today - "Fear and Longing: Life for Students With Undocumented Parents." I originally posted it back in August.
First of all, you (and others like you) need to stop with the "undocumented" nonsense.
What are we in, George Orwell's world of double-speak?
If I get in my car and take a cruise down the highway without having a valid driver's license, am I an "undocumented" user of a vehicle?
If I carry a concealed firearm without having a valid permit to do so, am I an "undocumented" self-protected citizen?
Of course not.
So if a non-citizen comes into the United States and decides to take up residence without going through the proper channels to get a green card, etc. he is not simply "undocumented." He is performing an illegal action and so is an illegal alien.
It is that simple.
You quote Jacqui's mother:
"We are not criminals. We are mothers, and we are fathers. We are people who work, and who take care of our children. That’s it! Not criminals. Not criminals.”
Yes they are mothers, fathers and working people - but they are also criminals because they have broken the law.
Facts are facts.
You also attempt to normalize the situation of these illegal aliens by stating:
"Jacqui’s mom has worked for years at a local dry cleaner, while her dad travels around Texas, installing specialized bathrooms ... they go to church, shop at the H-E-B for groceries, stop occasionally for a lemonade at Starbucks, and volunteer often in their communities, including their schools and Parent Teacher Associations (PTA)."
OK, so they are regular people in so many ways but they are still illegal aliens. A lot of regular people break the law. They face up to the judge, accept their sentences and then move on with life. That is how the justice system works.
I don't agree with a whole host of laws - especially ones which are clearly in violation of the Constitution. But if I am caught, should I be able to claim that I am a hard-working teacher with a family so I shouldn't be held accountable?