Radley Balko writes on illegal immigration, and asks the following question,
I guess I just don’t understand all the anti-immigrant fervor. Mexican immigrants (yes, the illegal ones) risk life and limb to come to the U.S. so they can work long, hard hours for low wages, in a bid to provide a better life for their families. Hard work. Supporting one’s family, even at the risk of one’s own safety. Close-knit kin. Religious faith. Aren’t these purported conservative values?
My guess is that the response would be, “Yeah, but they are breaking the law!” All these other good qualities/values of Mexican immigrants apparently are trumped by illegally crossing the border. Well that and some lame economic arguments, but that seems to be the gist of why conservatives don’t like illegal Mexican immigrants. The fact that generally these people are law abiding in other areas, work hard, value family, are religious, opposed to abortion, etc. are insufficient to overcome crossing the border illegally.