View Full Version : Illegal Alien?
11-15-2012, 03:37 PM
Gayle in MD
11-15-2012, 04:51 PM
Your defense of illegal aliens is pathetic.
11-15-2012, 07:43 PM
I agree with this plackard llotter. Illegal is illegal, otherwise they wouldn't call it illegal. The law is the law, or at least it should be. Good post. sid
11-15-2012, 07:45 PM
It's the difference between a misdemeanor or felony, and a traffic ticket citation.
The first are crimes, the latter, a civil violation which carries no criminal status or penalty.
Simply being here without legal immigration status or visa papers is not a crime. It is a civil infraction. If found out, you are given a summons for a later appearance and released on your own recognizance. Not jailed. (Except in AZ.)
Now, if caught crossing the border, that's a crime. There are many immigration-related crimes. But being here without papers is not a crime.
Something like 15% of the undocumenteds got here legally, with tourist or student visas. Later, upon their expiration, that person has a civil violation, but has not committed a crime.
The complaint about the use of the word illegal to describe them all elides the key fact that it isn't a crime to simply reside here without documentation.
If it can be proven they committed a crime in coming here, that is a different story. But unless they are caught in the act, and/or prosecuted within the statute of limitations period, they cannot be criminally prosecuted. (Except in AZ.)
I only go through what I presume you know already because you seem to forget that undocumented residence is NOT A CRIME ITSELF. (Except in AZ.)
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