So, let me see if I’ve got this straight.

So, let me see if I’ve got this straight.


If I take my minor children along with me when I rob a liquor store, and I get caught, nobody has a problem with my family being split up when the cops arrest me.


Nobody will spend a moment worrying about my children being “ripped away from me” when the cops put me in handcuffs and haul me away to jail, and when the kids I foolishly brought along with me are placed in foster homes if my spouse is long gone.


We’re all pretty much OK with that scenario, aren’t we?


If, however, the crime I commit is to cross into the United States illegally, and I bring the family along with me, it is an abomination in the eyes of Democrats, many Republicans, all the First Ladies, and the eyes of the world to separate the family members when they are apprehended. The far preferable policy, in the eyes of those more liberal folks, is to give the parents a ticket, tell them to appear at an immigration hearing months from now, and release them into our country.


Never to be seen again.


In other words, loosey goosey. Open borders. No fuss, no muss. And no “ripping families apart” and placing children in detention centers.


For most of my adult life, a loosey-goosey, open borders policy has been perfectly fine with Democrats who figure people let in illegally will somehow end up voting for Democrats, and with Republicans who like the idea of people here illegally who will work for less than those who are here legally.


I remember back in 1987 when we had the last go-’round on immigration. We got a memo from our corporate headquarters requiring anyone hiring new employees to get proof of citizenship, or see a “green card” to assure they were here legally. And that was the last we ever heard of it. Turns out the government had no intention of punishing employers for hiring people here illegally, and the 1987 effort was all amnesty and no enforcement.


Furthermore, the pro immigration folks in both parties lied to us for three decades about building a wall on the border. George W. Bush said it would be an “electronic wall,” and that appeased us for a while, but John McCain ran for re-election years later calling on the government to “finish the dang wall.” And now, all these years later, it turns out most of the politicians in Washington think a wall is a stupid idea in the first place.


How much have we spent on this already? Only in Washington could you cram that kind of money down a rat hole only to find out that all the Democrats and a good portion of the Republicans never wanted a wall in the first place.


So today, we have the perfect opportunity for the more sensitive among us to show us pictures of children crying as they are taken away from their parents, because the Border Patrol is trying to enforce the law. The alternative, it seems to me, is to forget all about enforcing our laws and continue making our country open to anyone who wants to come.


Can you name another country that has an immigration policy like that? I can’t.


We seem to have trouble telling the difference between legal and illegal immigration. Most of our ancestors arrived via legal immigration, so we have no problem with that. No child gets ripped away from a legal immigrant. But, we do have a problem with ILLEGAL immigration. What is it about this distinction that is so difficult to understand?


We went to Mexico on a cruise about 10 years ago. And as I recall, Mexico was really clear about the fact that I could visit, but I could not stay forever. If I had attempted to stay forever, and brought minor children along with me, it would not have surprised me to have those minor children “ripped away” from me when I got caught.


The bottom line is that if you are going to break our laws, don’t bring the kids along.


Otherwise, there might be some “ripping away” in your future.