The third side of the immigration debate

From USA Today...

"Viewed from afar, America's immigration debate appears to center on two groups: liberals whose primary concern is the welfare of immigrants and conservatives whose primary concern is ending illegal immigration.

"But there is a third element that has inserted itself into the conversation: those who oppose immigration -- legal and illegal.

"This group is led by three major anti-immigration organizations: Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), NumbersUSA and Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Their work on immigration has led major news media to often label them "conservative." Yet the reality is that these groups do not share conservatives' interest in ending illegal immigration, if doing so might mean more legal immigration."

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that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed it does not say The citizens shall have the right to keep and bear arms. It is a pre-existing right. A natural or God given right. The purpose of the constitution is not to grant rights but to restrict the government from violating our pre-existing natural human rights. There is no such thing as a statutory right. Just because a piece of paper says that we have a right to have a building permit doesn t mean it s true. That s just a legal word without any meaning. If a right is granted, it can be taken away. It is therefore a privilege, not a right.As far as building permits go, I would say that we have the right to build what ever we damn well please without having to beg the government for permission.The summary of natural law is do no harm . Meaning everyone has the right to do anything they want as long as they are not harming anyone, depriving them of property, coercing them, etc.Any other law that goes beyond do no harm and just controls it s subject is a violation of that man s natural rights. It creates a victimless crime which is not actually a crime.Wow that was a long off topic tangent. thanks for reading and thanks for the input. Don t be a stranger.

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