The life of an illegal squatter really shouldn’t be calypso dancing and daiquiris. It shouldn’t be light and carefree at all. Intruding into someone else’s home against their laws while availing yourself of their expensive social amenities and berating them all the while should incur significant jeopardy. It should involve persistent trepidation. Otherwise those laws, and the will of the nation who wrote them, are of no consequence whatsoever.
Choosing whether to comply with the legal framework or ignore it has always presented a cost/benefit profile. Those who choose noncompliance enjoy the benefit of a more lavish lifestyle than they could otherwise obtain in exchange for the risks of legal sanction and a certain measure of living in the shadows. In contrast, people who abide by the law suffer the opportunity costs of legality in order to expressly avoid shadow living. Without such lifestyle penalties, the incentive for lawful behavior declines precipitously.
It’s morbidly fascinating that the left and its media organs draw an inverse moral distinction between foreigners who break our laws and those who do not. By appearances, it’s likely that practically every Mexican on Earth would rather not live in Mexico. But only a minority of dissatisfied Mexicans actually attempt illegal entry into America. Most choose to obey our laws and live out of the shadows in their own country. They incur a distinct opportunity cost in doing so. For those moved by moral positions, one would think it is these people who have the better one. Yet only the lawbreaking cohort is celebrated.
It is true that both furniture thieves and illegal immigrants are just trying to make a better life for themselves. But only with one of these is it ever suggested that no shadow living should accompany the action. In fact, someone tuned only to the media’s oppression-mining operation could easily come away with the conviction that unauthorized aliens shouldn’t be molested at all. That is to say: illegality shorn completely of its costs. I hope my neighbor hasn’t grown too fond of his leather sectional.
Though in the year 1 AD (after Trump), our paradigm of consequence-free encroachment is beginning to fray around the edges. CNN, which is straining to out-sprint Salon into foaming irrelevancy, ran a piece describing the injustice of costs being attached to benefits. Their reporting was emotionally ladled with verbiage such as:
…waves of fear and uncertainty across immigrant communities.
There are teachers who told me they had students missing from school out of fear,” said Greg Casar, a city council member in Austin, Texas.
They don’t want to be public in any way whatsoever. They spend less time on the street. They go to work and go straight back home. They don’t go on Facebook. They put curfews on themselves.
a single mother with kids — good, hardworking everyday folks — and she had duct-taped sheets up and down her windows. ICE had come and knocked on her door earlier in the day.
Kids … are clearly traumatized by this,” he said. “Young people I’ve spoken to live in fear that their government is coming for them or coming for their parents.
“I’m still undocumented. She’s undocumented. I have DACA but she doesn’t. I tell her not to open the door for anyone. Know your rights and give me a call right away.”
Put in place by the Obama administration, the DACA program has helped roughly 750,000 young people — known as DREAMers — emerge from the shadows and obtain valid driver’s licenses, enroll in college and legally secure jobs.
Not even going on Facebook. Now that’s more suffering than a civilized society should bear. Though the article’s law enforcement/lamentation cycle proceeds onward in a perfect sine wave that is probably passing Neptune by this point. It is accompanied by graphics with the obligatory dismay over “separated families.” Of course every family is free to follow their deported members home together; though in that scenario separation seems to suddenly lose its horror.
Though CNN is obviously not the only Cheka outlet gnashing its teeth. The New York Times discovered its own cache of dismayed Amerinds, while Yahoo notified the public about a Farhan Ahmed fleeing through SNOW AND EXTREME COLD. USA Today has even published a helpful primer for how to evade and stonewall our own immigration officials. Next week: 10 tips for hiding your neighbor’s 4K under the insulation.
Never mentioned in any of this lachrymose reporting is the fact that all this snow trudging, window taping, Facebook avoiding, and family flailing are completely matters of choice. Life together in the sunlight was available to each and every migrant without traveling a foot. They all consciously decided to forego those things for the lure of sneaking into someone else’s home. And honestly, that shouldn’t be fun for anyone.