Do As I Do, Not As I Say
A long time ago in my reckless youth I received a speeding ticket for going five miles an hour over the speed limit. When I voiced my concerns over the small difference between the actual speed limit and the speed I was going, the judge simply asked me if I was only a “little bit guilty”. His question took me aback and made me think hard about my faulty argument. I was reminded of this when I recently read of the proposed immigration law in Texas, a bill that would make the hiring of an illegal alien a crime with a hefty fine and possible prison time; that is unless those illegals were hired to do your house or yard work. Come again. The reason given for the loophole in this proposed legislation is that the majority of groundskeepers and housekeepers hired in Texas are quoted as being undocumented. This type of “do as I say, not as I do” exemption legislation is destined for the trash bin. It should never have been introduced in the first place. Instead of “salad bar” laws, where people pick and choose what bits they want to adhere to, states need immigration laws that are united in their enforcement language and integrity.