Border Security and Racism – Religion and Politics

To begin with, I should say that anyone who knows me at all well, is pretty much aware that I don’t believe in racism. I don’t want to get off into the details of that in this article. Suffice it to say that, where I believe folks do horrible things “in the name of” racism, since race is an arbitrary distinction when talking about human beings, their “excuse” for those activities cannot be racism. The “other side of that coin” is that people trying to “sell themselves” as being of “other races” are at best misinformed and at  worst outright liars.

The intent of this “preamble” is to make it clear that I believe anybody trying to sell an idea, based on cultural classism by calling it a “matter of race” is, again, at best badly uninformed, and at worst lying to achieve sympathy for something that is nonexistent. Let me stop you before you make the argument that the difference is one of semantics. My position is neither new, nor without a great deal of consideration. I could discuss the whys and wherefores all day, but this piece is on entirely another subject. The only reason I bring up this distinction, is that it “plays into” the main subject somewhat.

The main thing I want to discuss, can be summed up in the following points:

  1. It is nothing like accidental that sovereign entities have borders and laws governing entry into those entities. It’s not something that’s unique to one such entity, or even the majority of them. Put simply, pretty much every country in the world has borders and laws governing who may enter the country through those borders and who may stay, and under what circumstances.
  2. Presuming that people are “being racist” or to put in in terms with which I can agree, “being culturally classist” by saying that members of a particular cultural class who choose to enter such a sovereign entity illegally will have in their ranks, people who are evil or extremely criminal is obvious errancy.

You may well think I have said all there is for me to say on this in the afore-written. Let me assure you this is not the case. The reality is that people will make arguments without fully considering what I have said, just because they feel they can do so based on the brevity of it.

There was a recent “political advertisement” on television, I am told (I really don’t watch television), that talked about an illegal alien living in the United States who had killed multiple police officers. This man essentially expressed regret that he was not able to kill more. Further, he made it clear that he intended to attempt to escape—through whatever means—from prison and kill more.

It happens this person was Hispanic by heritage. The resultant furor over this video was entirely predictable. It was also, entirely misplaced. The furor ought to have been over the fact that his horrible excuse for a human being had committed terrible, heinous crimes and expressed the desire to commit yet more of them. Rather, the outrage that followed was over the idea that the video was “racist” because it dared to display a Hispanic male (however evil he was) as being evil.

The funny thing is, the only reason many folks would have taken not of his cultural class, is that the vast majority of folks entering the United States through the southern border (the one with Mexico) happen to be Hispanic in familial origin. I am among the group group that would have done so, that’s how I’m aware they exist, and are so very large a group.

Absolutely nobody is trying to say that every person in the Hispanic cultural group is evil. In fact, most folks would be horrified to be counted in any group that would do so. They’re not even saying that those who come from Mexico, Central or South America, breaking immigration law in the process, are by and large “horribly criminal.” It should be clear that they are definitely not saying this about people who enter the United States legally, or are citizens of the U.S.

Let’s be clear, if you enter the United States illegally, or come here legally and stay when you’re not legally allowed to do so, you have broken and are breaking the law. That having been said, your breach of immigration law by no means compares to murder, rape, violent assault or drug sales.

That being said, it does compare to breaking and entering, and in many instances, to burglary. When you enter the home of another without permission, or stay there when told to leave, the very least they can say, is that you are trespassing. When you enter that residence without permission and using covert methods, that would be breaking and entering. When you take things to which you have no right from that domicile, you are guilty of burglary. This is not some complex, pie-in-the-sky set of concepts.

The fact that tens, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions do this on an ongoing basis, makes it no less criminal behavior.

The first act of a person finding folks in his or her home who were not invited (forget taking things from it that do not belong to the uninvited person), is at the very least to tell them to leave. This is not some sort of ceremonious act; and it’s not something that is considered unreasonable by even the most lawless of persons.

Truth is, in many instances, entering a house the which you have no right to “invade,” may well result in your being shot by the owner—and that’s not conditional on how long ago you did so, by and large if you’re still there.

I’m not by any means suggesting that illegal aliens in the United States should be killed. I’m not even suggesting that all of them should be summarily deported (despite the entire reasonability of this from a legal perspective).

On the other hand, I am suggesting that there should be some punitive course of action applied to these folks (unless strongly extenuating circumstances can be given, and even questionably then).

With regard to more folks coming into the U.S. Illegally, or staying in the U.S. when told they are no longer welcome for whatever reason. I see no reason they should be allowed to come in or stay (again, barring extreme extenuating circumstances).

This is not something I would not expect any sovereign state in the world to say. Nor would I consider it unreasonable for them so to do.

Okay, at my “limit” word-wise. Final words?

If you either came to the U.S. illegally or stayed when you were told it was time for you to leave, you are in breach of law, and should absolutely expect consequences. If you think it unreasonable for the U.S. to enforce border security and immigration laws, you should know that the country from which you came did likewise and that I and many others consider it totally reasonable that they did so.

As usual, thanks for reading and may your time be good.

2 responses to “Border Security and Racism – Religion and Politics”

  1. Kurt,
    You make some really good points. Much more could be said about those who choose to enter or stay illegally. That is not immigration. By definition, that is criminal. Though it may not be on the same scale of criminality as the Hispanic male you discussed, it is nonetheless illegal.

    • I have come to the conclusion that folks already have issues with my roughly thousand word posts. That means I am limited on what I can put in any one of them. There is no doubt that what you say is correct. Much more ultimately MUST be said about these folks. That being said, in this particular post, I wanted to answer something that I believe a family member was saying (in part) in one of their posts concerning racism in the U.S.

      I believe they were attempting to say that the current administration’s policies and perspective concerning the “illegal immigration” and particularly of Latinos–to be more pointed, CRIMINAL illegal immigrants, were “racist.”

      I tend to write about things that are fresh and strong in my mind, but with a more or less timeless perspective. As such, where I may write about what you have suggested needs covered, I’m not sure it will be something I will do quickly.

      Nonetheless, you make a very good point.

      Thanks for reading. Thanks even more for commenting. My initial intent with this blog was always to provoke discourse (both among people who agree, and those who don’t). I will definitely be thinking about saying more on the subject you’ve put out there (which, as I say and you have said, is VERY MUCH in need of underscoring).

      Thanks again,


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