I don’t know much about former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey, but I have a feeling we wouldn’t see eye-to-eye about too many things. Nevertheless, Reason TV has a wonderful excerpt from a recent speech of his that comes very close to capturing how I feel about the immigration issue.
Go read this first-hand account of Icelandic citizen Eva Ósk Arnardóttir’s visit to the United States. Because she overstayed her visa by three weeks in 1995, she was refused admittance, meaning she had wasted the cost of her flight.
Then she was detained, photographed, fingerprinted, questioned, searched, refused access to someone from her nation’s embassy, handcuffed, led through the airport by armed men, and jailed.
I guess this is part of our attempt to keep out undesirable foreigners.
But when I hear about things like this, it’s not the Eva Ósk Arnardóttirs of the world who bother me, it’s the folks at Homeland Security who did this to her that make me the most angry. I am ashamed they are my countrymen.
So when it comes to the half-million or so people who enter this country illegally every year, I say “Welcome.” As long as we have these Homeland Security thugs (and others like them) in our country, your presence can only improve the average quality of the American people.
(Hat tip: Simple Justice.)