Decriminalizing Illegal Immigration
The near-universal endorsement by the Democratic presidential primary field has moved the idea of decriminalizing illegal entry from the backrooms to the national stage. Once reserved to academic circles, there is serious consideration and strong support for making illegal border crossing a civil, rather than a criminal offense. In fact, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Michael Bennet, also of Colorado, were the only candidates to doubt the wisdom of such a proposal.
As Andrew Sullivan of the liberal New York magazine wrote, “In terms of enforcement of the immigration laws, this is a joke. It renders the distinction between a citizen and a noncitizen close to meaningless.”
Sullivan is right - repealing the current statutes that define improper entry as a crime would be reckless and would create additional incentive for illegal immigration. It would effectively represent amnesty for 12.5 million illegal aliens, would dramatically lower the standard for becoming a citizen and would cripple an already-overwhelmed Department of Homeland Security. By decriminalizing illegal entry, Democrats and their allies would crush our already broken immigration system and open the borders so wide that we may never be able to regain control of them again. Americans must push back against such open-borders radicalism which encourages further illegal entries and law-breaking.