Texas state Rep. Philip Cortez (D) told the Washington Post, “We were just on the floor talking about the SB4 protests, and [state Rep.] Matt Rinaldi came up to us and made it a point to say, ‘I called (ICE) on all of them. And this is completely unacceptable. We will not be intimidated. We will not be disrespected.”
Who is “we”? It Cortez an illegal immigrant? I hope not, because that would be illegal and a violation of the Texas Constitution. Why would he be intimidated and disrespected by an elected lawmaker reporting law breakers to appropriate authorities? It is clear that he wasn’t intimidated or disrespected. What kind of elected official feels disrespected when he is told, “I just reported those people who are holding signs that say, ‘I broke the law, and I’m proud of it, nyah nyah nyah!.“? This is just the unconscionable rhetorical slight of hand being habitually used by open-border advocates and unprincipled Mexican-American lawmakers to pander to their constituency.
It is not “completely unacceptable” to report illegal immigrants to ICE. It is completely unacceptable for an elected official to make the nonsensical, rule-of-law rejecting statement that doing so is unacceptable.
The protesters in question were chanting and waving signs against Senate Bill 4, the controversial Texas legislation that Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed into law this month that bans sanctuary cities, allows police to question anyone they detain about their immigration status, and compels local officials to comply with federal requests to detain individuals in state and local law enforcement facilities. Ethics Alarms has discussed the deportation of illegals who trumpet their illegal status in public. Doing so is openly defying the law, undermines lawful conduct, and essentially dares law enforcement to do its job. This is breaking the law in front of officials as if there is nothing that can be done about it, just like speeding past a police car on the highway.
Elected officials swear to uphold the law. Rinaldi did the right thing, and the Democrats that confronted him are irredeemably wrong, even without considering their threats. Democratic Rep. Justin Rodriguez said that Rinaldi was threatening as well, and saying he was prepared”to put a bullet in one of my colleagues’ heads.” (In the tweet above, Rinaldi claims that was in response to the threat to “get” him.) Even assuming Rodriguez’s version is accurate, the issue isn’t incivility. The issue is whether it is “unacceptable” to report people to ICE who are saying, “Look at me! I’m here illegally, and you can’t touch me!” in public.
Contrary to the increasingly bizarre civic stance of Democrats, enforcing the law is never “unacceptable.”
Another one of Cortez’s colleagues, the alleged assaulter Rep. Ramon Romero Jr., made this unacceptable and unethical statement:
“[ Rinaldi] saw the crowd, and he saw illegals. He saw people that, whether he likes to accept it or not, in his heart, he has hate for those people, and he wants to see them gone. He wants to see them gone so much, to the point that he called ICE.”
This is the Left’s baseline justification for illegal immigration now: pure emotion and race-baiting. It’s all personal and based on bigotry; that’s the lie. The argument that it is wrong to enforce laws is untenable on its face, so the current tactic is to claim it’s wrong because of the motives behind enforcement. It must be prejudice, it must be hate. “He wants to see them gone so much, to the point that he called ICE” is an astoundingly unethical statement, as it suggests that alerting authorities to flagrant illegal conduct is an extreme act that must be the product of malign motives.
I don’t hate illegal immigrants at all, though I intensely object to the intellectually dishonest and civically irresponsible arguments for ignoring their defiance of our laws. I sympathize with the plight of illegal immigrants, but it is not my job nor America’s to solve their problems after they have broken our laws. Like Rinaldi, I do want illegal immigrants who arrogantly flout the law and then flaunt their violations gone. They deserve to be deported.
Whatever a “good illegal immigrant” may be, if there is such a person, an illegal who publicly advertises his disrespect of our laws as a badge of honor doesn’t qualify.