HammiBeing illegally in the country is being here illegally, no matter how
a person was brought here. There is a way for them to get straight with the law.
It's their responsibility, just like the responsibilities we put on
American children at 18. Do we let the children of bank robbers keep
the money their parents stole? Government enforces the laws,
compassion comes from the individual. They have a way to get straight with the
law, if they don't, they don't have my compassion, since they refused
to follow the laws once they became adults. If American children
break the law at 18 or older, they are subject to laws of the land also.
So let me get this straight; someone that was brought here at, let's say 5
years old, turns 16 years old and finds out he's illegal when asking for
his social security number is expected to pay his dues for the wrong he
committed? What wrong did he commit? It is so weak to say the government is up
to the punishment. It is a weak way out of a hard situation to say let the
government punish, forgiveness is by the individual. They broke no law, their
parents did. Help these kids out. That is what Pilate did; he knew what was
right, yet didn't do it but let government and the populous "decide the
punishment". We know it's right to forgive. Some of these immigrants
came here through no fault of their own and we should help their situation. Yes
it is in the law to punish, but we can change that law. This may sound
cliché, but just think about what Jesus would do with these youth.
HammiForgiveness doesn't mean we have to ignore the
lawbreaking. They can pay their dues for what they did wrong, then forgiveness
comes into the picture. Punishment is up to the government, forgiveness the
Andy, it's not just overstaying a visa, it's a all the other laws they
break. It's a lifetime of lies and crime. And the place they take from
legal immigrants. If they can't obey the laws of the land, they don't
belong here. Letting people stay over others that are just as guilty
is not fair in Gods world. How could a Christian believe in unequal prosecution
based on who the person is. Children brought here illegally can
return home between 18 and 18.5 and come back on student visas. It took my
neighbor 2 months. It's a shame we let them return to be with their illegal
parents, and that we don't just deport the family.
There is no reason why any faithful member of any Christian denomination would
be against prosecutorial discretion. Forgiving people who have broken laws is
the basic saving doctrine of any Christ based faith. While there are those who
continually break the law (illegal immigrant and U.S. Citizen alike), there are
also those who came to this country at a very young age without a choice. They
HAVE become tax paying, productive members of not only society but also tithe
paying members of their churches. Let these people stay and live their lives and
be happy. It is the utmost despicable display of hypocrisy to withhold
forgiveness when we ourselves seek it. Reminds me of Matthew 18:23-35.
Sean Young must be one of the best immigration attorneys in the state to have so
many high-profile cases.On another note, it seems ridiculous to me
to deport people who have grown up in this country and who are not criminals (I
don't consider overstaying a visa any more criminal than a speeding ticket)
who only know the US and who are productive members of society. This is the one
area where I seriously differ with the Republican party. Capitalism needs new consumers. It is needlessly inhumane to deport productive
people from among us. Grow the demand and the size of the pie through amnesty.
If you want to see lack of results, look at how many illegal aliens actually
obey their initial deportation order. They call them "run letters."
That ought to be a clue.Back in 2008 they called for these fugitives to
turn themselves in. In exchange they would be given six months to tie up their
affairs and no prosecution. They called it Operation: Scheduled Departure.Out of nearly 600,000 illegal aliens on the run, only eight people came
forward.We need not review these cases again. It was an Obama ploy to
placate through executive order.