Do Illegal Imigrants Have Rights?

The hot topic of the day is Arizona’s new immigration bill.

Though there are parts of the bill we all should be wary of, namely Biometric National ID cards, the bill seems almost redundant to me. The law says no illegal immigration already, so why is a new bill even needed, much less being debated?

I won’t go into all of the left vs. right politics in this matter. In fact, I wont even offer my opinion on what I personally think of the matter. But I would like to present my input on what the correct questions that should be put forward ought to be. Those are…

1) Where in the constitution of the United States of America, or in any of the 50 individual sovereign state constitutions does it state that persons whom are not natural to this country are granted any rights at all?

2) Since the answer to question #1 is to the best of my knowledge invariably “nowhere”, what do illegal invaders of this country expect to receive when they ask for equal rights?

3) To put this into perspective… can you imagine if I went to China illegally and demanded equal rights now? I’d be shot execution style in the head after being laughed at and stoned!

4) And what about Mexico? What is its immigration rules? Exactly what they should be… no illegal immigration. All illegals shall be exported from Mexico. Most countries operate in this way with regards to immigration laws. So why should we be any different?

5) There are two types of immigration status in this country – legal and illegal. The law states that illegal immigrants are to be deported. Period. So where is the disconnect on this in the media and the public? There is no debate here. Law is law.

The only other thing I have to say is that I’d be pretty pissed off if I spent years earning my legal status and green-card while watching as others just crossed the border and started demanding rights. So I think it’s time for legal immigrants to stand up and say no more illegal immigration!


Clint Richardson (

Monday, May 3, 2010