Not to creep into General Sheridan’s territory, but there is no such thing as a “good illegal immigrant.” The term is an oxymoron. In illegal immigrant in the United States is breaking the law every day, hour and minute he is here. Breaking the law is not good. Breaking the law every day is especially not good. Good people do not break the law every day.
Roberto Beristain is the owner of a popular restaurant in Granger, Indiana called Eddie’s Steak Shed. He came to the United States illegally from Mexico City in 1998. Somehow he obtained documentation to work in the country, even a Social Security card, and checked in with ICE each year. In 2000. Roberto and his wife, Helen were visiting Niagara Falls—such an American thing for a couple to do!— and accidentally crossed into Canada. When officials realized he was in the U.S. illegally as he tried to return, Roberto was detained. Released on bail, he was told he had to voluntarily leave the U.S. within a month. Beristain says he did not leave because Helen was pregnant.
Ah. All should be forgiven then! This is known as “making up your own exception to the law.” Also not good.
When Roberto checked in with ICE last month, that 2000 episode finally came up. ICE took Beristain into custody because when he failed to deport himself, his voluntary order reverted to a final order of removal. Why did it take more than a decade for Immigration to notice?
Don’t get me started.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose city is in the same county as Granger, wrote a touching and idiotic article for The Huffington Post, in which he called Roberto a “model resident.”
Note: an illegal immigrants by definition cannot be a model anything, except a model illegal immigrant, which is like being a model trespasser, model vandal or model shoplifter.
The mayor says , <sniff!>,
Meeting with his family and friends at his business, Eddie’s Steak Shed, in the town of Granger, I am struck by many things: the tenderness of his wife’s love for him, the innocence of his four American children (especially the teenage daughters who are now being taunted at school over his case), the loyalty of his 20 employees, and the pride and affection of his gathered friends and acquaintances as they rally to show their support.
Gag, barf! Any of which could also be said of a serial killer, a terrorist, or an assassin. We do not enforce laws according to how well a law-breaker is liked, how charming his family is, or the cuteness of his pets. Nor should we. Mayor Mush continues,
But most striking of all is how many of the people now sticking up for Roberto are politically conservative. These are small-town Indiana residents, veterans and grandparents who come to his restaurant after Mass or Rotary. They vigorously defend him as a man they are proud to call a friend. And the more I think about it, the more clearly it is consistent with their conservative values that they stand up for Roberto.
Allowing individuals to defy the law without apprehension or consequences is not consistent with ethical values, much less conservative ones. Think some more, Mayor. Or do the best you can.
Good Wife Helen says she voted for President Donald Trump—that’s not going to win her any points here— because she supports his immigration policies. This places Helen and, if he is of a similar what we could laughingly call a mind, her husband, in a special Super Hypocrite class.
“[Trump] did say the good people would not be deported, the good people would be checked,” Helen says. I don’t pretend to keep track of every piece of random detritus that issues from the President’s mouth and tweeting fingers, but in any case, the President is covered.
Because illegal Immigrants are by definition not “good.”