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This Is the Way Sovereignty Ends

The indomitable Sarah Carter (winner of the 2006 Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration) reports on plans for a satellite Mexican consular office on Catalina Island to issue ID cards to illegal aliens. This kind of thing has been going on for some time now, but this part got my attention:

Officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said their agency was asked by Mexican officials not to enforce U.S. immigration laws on the island while the cards were being issued.

“It amazes me every time that the Mexican government has the gall to tell us what to do,” said an ICE official, who asked not to be named. “More surprisingly is how many times we stand by and let them. This is just an example of one of hundreds of requests we’ve had to deal with.”

In the old country they called that chutzpah. But what’s worse, as the ICE official suggests above, is that we permit this kind of behavior. You teach people how to treat you, and we’ve taught Mexico that this kind of outlandish request is okay.


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