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Mi Casa es su Casa

Say you offer to let five people live with you in your home. Of course, there are conditions. Each person must pay a share of the mortgage, utilities and cost of repairs. In addition there is yard work, cleaning, maintenance, etc. to be divided up. Nobody has a right to assault, steal or harm the others in any way and drugs are off limits. This could work out advantageously if everyone followed the rules. Now suppose each of your five invitees decided to move in a couple of friends or relatives; or perhaps a bunch of people crash your home uninvited. No matter how soft your heart is I’m willing to bet you wouldn’t be cool with it. So much for Mi casa es su casa.

So what about My country is your country? On a grander scale there are rules that must be followed. Let me tell you what my personal house rules would be.

First, the people already living in my country would be welcome to stay as long as they are pulling their load. This means that they would pay their taxes and not use entitlement programs. If they commit a crime it’s zero tolerance. One arrest and they would be out on their kaboodle permanently.

Second, nobody else will be able to reside here uninvited. This means anyone who wants to live in my country needs to go through a legal process just as my immigrant relatives did. I’m sure Ellis Island wasn’t their favorite hangout but that is where they vetted the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

Third, If people try to bring drugs into my country I would use the same measures needed to prevent them from coming into my home—law enforcement, fences, and severe consequences. I’ve heard the argument that if drugs were legal it would solve the problem. I don’t buy the argument or the drugs. Legalize it somewhere else, not at my place. I’ve heard people say that it’s our own fault because we created the market. That one can go round and round but the bottom line is that even if drugs were merely to slow down there would be a considerably healthier generation downstream.

Now I know that policies are made by our elected Home Owners Association i.e. the government. As a resident I have a right and responsibility to choose leaders who are tough enough to make vigorous but fair immigration laws. Laws that will legally bring in fresh new talent and at the same time protect my home and family as well as my homeland. My country is not your country unless you are legally invited. Mi casa es mi casa.