The local illegal alien lobby is definitely getting desperate by the looks of a letter to the editor in the MJM today by local Reconquisata advocate Ruben Pineda. The illegal alien lobby has put away the honey, and is now trying to attract flies with vinegar in trying to bully everyone into promoting amnesty for illegal aliens by calling everyone racist. Yeah, that should work pretty well.
Pineda’s letter starts out with something easily proven false. He curiously claims that illegal aliens can somehow adjust their legal status and be awarded a Social Security Number that is the same as a previously issued Taxpayer Identification Number, despite all TINs begin with the numeral nine. In actuality, Social Security Numbers that begin with an eight or a nine are invalid. Since many employers do not make any attempt to screen Social Security Numbers for validity, unsophisticated document forgers will use a client’s TIN as their Social Security Number, and since they haven’t been flagged as invalid very often by employers, they haven’t figured out that this doesn’t, or at least shouldn’t, work. I really have to wonder about how Ruben Pineda came to this misconception, since a possible explanation is that he has personal experience with low-quality fake identity mills.
In the next sentence, Pineda claims that since “many” illegal aliens are engaging in tax evasion, it’s a good idea to grant them blanket amnesty for tax evasion in addition to blankent amnesty for violating our federal immigration laws because “politicians” are interested in denying access by illegal aliens as required by federal law and Virginia Code § 63.2-503.1. Let’s get this straight: because people are breaking the law, the right answer here is to not hold them accountable for breaking the law, a policy that in itself would violate the law? I think now we can understand why anarchists are so popular among the illegal alien lobby, because only someone who has zero respect for even the concept of law could every seriously consider such inanity.
But there’s a justification for all of this. It’s because everyone who thinks that wanton violation of the law should result in penalties is racist. Yes, when you can’t somehow see past the point that illegal doesn’t mean legal (oh, woe is us who can’t make such dramatic and acrobatic leaps of logic) the inescapable conclusion is that you are a racist. All of you. Yet the illegals “came in peace” according to Mr. Pineda, despite that they have killed more American Citizens than we’ve suffered casualties in the Iraq war. Pineda contends that since much of the violence is inflicted by illegal aliens lands on immigrant communities, it is somehow less disturbing than if they were murdering a different population group. It’s not racist to suggest that the value of an immigrant’s life is less than that of a native citizen. But it is racist to demand that they’re held to the same legal standards as the rest of us. How do they ever come up with this stuff?
In the end, Pineda takes MJM readers to task for demanding that illegal aliens assimilate into our society while not adequately welcoming them, presumably by granting them blanket amnesty for tax evasion and immigration violations. I haven’t a clue as to why Mr. Pineda believes anyone wants to assimilate illegal aliens into our society rather than have them held to account for their unlawful behavior and deported. To the extent that critics speak about cultural issues, the complaint is more frequently an expression of frustration that American citizens are being bullied into assimilating to a foreign culture by the political correctness crowd, instead of having recent immigrants assimilate into American culture as their forebearers did. For that proportion of immigrants who are illegal aliens, and specifically that proportion, assimilation is not the issue. The issue clearly is that they must comply with the law as the rest of us do, and if they fail to do so, they need to suffer the consequences as we know we would.
Mr. Pineda wants us to just not pay attention to the carnage and blight that surrounds us in our communities, and be good little socialists that meekly accept that our every inclination is underpinned by racism that prevents us from understanding that a TIN is an SSN, that the proper way to address lawlessness is with amnesty, and that foreign culture is superior to our own. If he’s trying to win converts to his side of the argument, I doubt his means of doing so are going to be very effective, even if his logic made any sense at all.
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