Editorial: Immigration and the rule of law

Can a society survive without the rule of law?

The debate over illegal immigration ranges from the deportation of 11 million (or more) illegals to deportation of illegals who are convicted criminals to – believe it or not – no deportation whatsoever.

There are some radical groups, especially in California, don’t want anyone sent home, regardless of their legal status.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said deportation should stop because of the negative impact on their home countries.


Alvarado said deporting hard-core criminals is “sowing chaos” in places like Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. He reasons that this influx of criminals is prompting other normal citizens to escape to the United States for safety, even though they enter the United States illegally.

“I’ve been in El Salvador and in Honduras when the planes land with deportees,” Alvarado said. “It’s becoming the penal colony of the United States where criminal dumping is acceptable.”

So, there are those who would rather house these criminals in the United States in our prison system or worse yet, back on the streets, rather than penalize their homelands for their dangerous behavior.

Those who take this radical position undoubtedly have locks on their doors and would insist on prosecution if someone threatened or assaulted themselves or their family.

America was built by immigration. It must be through the legal process. President Trump is making a dent in the process and that must include deportation of criminals.