Disrespectable Laws Deserve To Be Disrespected

When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34)

In the Tucson Sentinel today we learned that a No More Deaths volunteer was arrested for sheltering two people suspected of being in the country illegally.

There is a tension in the Rule of Law that helps keep government in it’s proper sphere. It demands both: 1) That laws be respected, and 2) That laws be respectable.

There is nothing respectable about laws that lead a govt agency to promote death by exposure of overwhelmingly peaceful migrants, there is nothing respectable about laws that target for arrest peaceful citizens seeking to prevent the deaths by exposure of those same peaceful migrants.

If you support, as I do, the Rule of Law in this country, I would suggest starting by supporting changes to our immigration policy to end the inhumane treatment of foreigners and citizens alike. This is not about criminality, this is about economics. You cannot overturn the human drive to survive and prosper with a wave of the legal wand.

Until such time as the US falls in economic success such that we do not attract migrants, or that other countries rise such that migrants do not feel the drive to leave, we will face this pressure at our borders. I believe the economic and historic research that concludes we are better with these new neighbors than without them, but even if you do not, our duty is to treat our fellow human beings with dignity and kindness.

We need to wake up and realize that we as a country have been shirking this duty for many years across many realms of government. A good place to start would be reversing our century long slide into migratory isolationism and brutalism.

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