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The opposite of compassion

The Augusta Chronicle What Richard Krentz did as a matter of course was compassionate. What America is doing is not. The 58-year-old Arizona rancher, described by those who knew him as an unrelenting Good Samaritan, was gunned down in cold blood on his land last week by what most believe must have been a guerrilla in the smuggling of either illegal immigrants or drugs. Despite dealing with chronic trespassing and theft and damage to his land, Krentz would help illegals in need of water and medical aid. ”That’s just my nature,” he once told PBS. It’s possible that’s what he was trying to do when both he and his dog were shot Saturday morning. Krentz was found dead many hours later on his still-running ATV; his dog was wounded and dying a slow, and no doubt painful, death before being euthanized by authorities. The tragic irony of his killing is that he was a humanitarian. “He went out of his way to help anybody,” his son told reporters. “It didn’t matter who they were.” But while Krentz’s acts were compassionate, America’s immigration policy is the opposite. In large part to slake America’s thirst for cheap labor — and increasingly to feed political parties salivating over millions of potential grateful voters — we’ve allowed a largely open border, contrary to our own laws; encouraged illegal immigration with “sanctuary” policies in some major cities; dangled once-plentiful jobs as lures; discouraged policies that require assimilation into the language and culture of America; turned a blind eye while some 13 million illegals live and work here — in broad daylight, yet in the shadows; and passing it all off as “compassion.” It is, of course, the opposite of compassion. Tacitly, and often openly, inviting illegal immigrants to risk their lives over treacherous desert to toil for wages many of us might find beneath us is, in legal terms, creating an “attractive nuisance.” American immigration policy is one of wanton negligence. Shame on us. People like Richard Krentz — and the work-starved illegals he once reached out to — are dying because of it. As Bob Dane of the Federation for American Immigration Reform notes, we’re hanging out two contradictory signs: Help Wanted and Keep Out. A new organization, Catholics for a Moral Immigra-tion Policy, even argues that illegal immigration is, in fact, immoral on a number of levels, including: encouraging law-breaking; flooding low-income communities with job-seekers; draining brains and brawn from developing countries; and corrupting churches into acquiescing to it. The answer is not whatever new amnesty plan that may emerge from Washington (after having amnesty rejected utterly by the American people just three years ago). The answer is enforcing the laws on our books: preventing illegals from working illegally and jumping in front of legal immigrants who play by the rules and wait years to get in; and securing our border and promoting a legal, orderly and safe immigration process that serves this country’s national interests and secures the rights and safety of those who participate in it. The national media will tell you that enforcement of our laws isn’t compassionate. Meanwhile, under the lawless status quo, the tragedies and dead bodies pile up along our border.

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