Brit Hume said: “Fairness is not an attitude. It’s a professional skill that must be developed and exercised.”
Allow me to set up a scenario for you. You are standing in line to buy groceries. It’s a long line, and the cashier is a billion years old; taking what seems like years to scan a can of peas. You are waiting patiently near the back of the line. Despite the inefficiency of the cashier, and the length of the line, you respect those in front of you enough to stay put, and not cause a scene. Suddenly, someone from the back of the line cuts in front of every single person; making their way to the very front. There is an uproar in the line; people are upset by this blatant defiance of rules. The cashier looks to the line and says: “Well, they’re right here. I’ll just ring them up first.”
Does that seem fair? Does it seem fair that despite the breaking of rules, this person gets treated the same as everyone else? The correct answer–in case you were sleeping–is an unequivocal NO.
If you couldn’t guess by now, I’m talking about illegal immigration. I feel like a broken record at this point, but sometimes, good information needs to be repeated several times. Illegal immigration is a massive problem in this country, and it has been discussed in dozens of ways; from multiples perspectives. But above all else, the issue of illegal immigration comes down to basic fairness. In reality, nobody would tolerate the scenario I came up with. The individual who cut in line would be sent to the back.
In terms of illegal immigration, there is no shortage of excuses. Whatever the excuse was for entering the country illegally, it still remains just that: an excuse. It is extremely difficult to find a politician who understands that basic truth. So it is wonderfully refreshing that Ted Cruz has taken a stand.
According to US News: “Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a newly elected Republican with a penchant for making headlines, filed an amendment that would bar undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States from ever earning citizenship…There are an estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally, and a bipartisan immigration reform measure would create a pathway to citizenship over the course of 13 years by requiring those people to pay penalties and back taxes, as well as learn English. Conservatives opposed to reform decry the path as amnesty, but Democrats say they will not support reform that does not cope with the immigrants already living in the U.S. Cruz also filed amendments that he says would ‘strengthen border security measures; reform the high-skilled temporary worker program; modernize, streamline and expand legal immigration; and prohibit federal, state or local entitlement benefits for those here illegally.'”
Most importantly, and astutely, Cruz also said: “America is a nation of immigrants, built by immigrants and we need to honor that heritage by fixing our broken immigration system, while upholding the rule of law and championing legal immigration.”
Democrats cry foul every time illegal immigration is brought up by Conservatives. They scream that Conservatives are “anti-immigrant.” That, of course, is absurd; but it is a tactic used frequently by the Left.
Republicans fall for this shrill attack by bending so far to reach across the aisle that one might begin to believe that they didn’t have spines. The latest immigration bill would essentially grant amnesty to those who broke the law to come here. Again, there is no shortage of excuses; and there is no shortage of so-called Conservative politicians trying to accumulate votes by “compromising.”
What is so invigorating about Ted Cruz is that he cuts through all the BS; getting to the heart of the matter so succinctly. We need to reform our immigration system; but above all, we need to “Uphold the rule of law.” Short and sweet.
There are so many moving pieces in the debate over illegal immigration that it can be easy to get lost. But what it comes down to is a simple question: Is it fair that those who have come here illegally are allowed to stay, while those standing so patiently in line are made to wait? The answer is NO.
Fairness must be developed and exercised, or it dies. Broken down, this is a simple equation. Ted Cruz understands this issue; and it is a refreshing change.