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Open Hearts Doesn’t Mean Open Borders

In Peggy Noonan’s op-ed this week for WSJ, she recounts her experience at the immigration rally held in New York City earlier this week. But, she says, even though she love immigrants more than ever, giving into their demands is wrong.

Writes Noonan:

"While the marchers seemed to be good people, and were very likable, the march itself, I think, violated the old immigrant politesse — the general understanding that you’re not supposed to get here and immediately start making demands. It would never have occurred to my grandparents to demand respect. They thought they had to earn it. It would never have occurred to them to air mass grievances, assert rights, issue a list of legislative demands. Especially if they were here unlawfully.

"I happen to think America in general has deep affection for immigrants, knows they are part of the dynamic, a part of our growth and our endless coming-into-being. But when your heart is soft, and America’s is, your head must be hard."

Also, Noonan drives home the importance of adhering to the laws that made this country so great (a concept that many pro-amnesty people don’t seem to get):

"We are a sovereign nation operating under the rule of law. That, in fact, is why many immigrants come here. They come from places where the law, such as it is, is corrupt, malleable, limiting. Does it make sense to subvert our own laws to facilitate the entrance of those in pursuit of government by law? Whatever our sentiments and sympathies as individuals, America has the right, and the responsibility, to protect the integrity of its borders, to make the laws by which immigrants are granted entrance, and to enforce those laws."

Amen, sister. Glad to see that someone gets it.

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