Is it okay for speech to be used to show others how to break the law? Is the 1st Amendment applicable when telling someone how to circumvent federal immigration law? That’s what the Supreme Court will decide after the 9th Circuit struck down a law that would prevent Americans from helping illegal immigrants in this way.
As the Supreme Court picks up a slew of extremely important cases today, this one won’t get as much attention as it deserves. It’s not a particularly hot button for those who support illegal immigrants, nor is it a huge problem to those who support border security. But it does change the calculus as leftists often take their understanding of the loopholes in our porous immigration system and show potential illegal immigrants how to take advantage of it all.
Those who follow my writing know I am adamantly opposed to illegal immigration. It’s something near and dear to my heart as a new resident to Southern California, so I read and post stories every day about how we’re playing the fools by keeping it so easy to invade our nation from the south. That’s why my opinion on this law may shock some of you.
It’s unconstitutional, as the 9th Circuit says. Illegal immigration is a huge problem, but attacks on our Constitutional rights are even bigger threats. It’s not that I support those who help others circumvent our laws. It’s that I fear what laws like this could lead to in the future, particularly seeing how far the left is willing to go to strip us of our liberties.
If we say it’s illegal to tell someone how to circumvent immigration laws, then it will eventually become illegal to talk to others about our laws, period. Criticism of laws must remain protected speech, and that means openly discussing how to get around the most oppressive ones. Let’s say “assault weapons” were suddenly made illegal, but there’s a way to keep our firearms off the radar and protected from confiscation. Should alerting others of this information be illegal? Again, we’re not talking about the action of breaking the law. We’re talking about discussion of the law itself, whether showing someone how to break it or not.
We have many avenues through which we must fight illegal immigration. Instead of keeping people from talking about loopholes, we should just eliminate those loopholes. Restricting the 1st Amendment is not the answer.
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