A column written July 6 by Ruben Navarrette titled “Giving in to the mob isn’t patriotism” was published. While I agree with his general consensus that it may not be patriotic to shout and scream at the busloads of illegal immigrants, most of whom were children, the consensus ends there.
Navarrette claims that his disapproval comes from his respect for the law and the fact that these protesters were not being held accountable for stopping federal agents in the execution of their duties. Apparently, Mr. Navarrette’s knowledge of the law is incomplete.
He seemed to have no issue with the complete disregard for the law that these illegal immigrants had shown. Rather than standing by the law that he so respects, he is instead hoping that the U.S. government breaks its own laws by allowing these illegal immigrants to stay in the country indefinitely.
Fun fact for you: Under Section 4, Article 4 of the Constitution, the federal government is required to protect the borders of each state. The federal government has quite obviously failed to do so, blatantly ignoring the calls for aid from border states such as Texas, but Navarrette failed to mention that.
Navarrette either does not understand the laws of our nation or he is choosing to ignore them; either way, he should not attempt to base his argument on the legality of the situation. His claim to respect the law is laughable at best and infuriating at worst.