Patterico's Pontifications

3/26/2006

Whew!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:53 pm

Okay, I just biked down to the Trump golf course from our home in Mediterranea off Ganado in Rancho Palos Verdes — on a rusty old mountain bike. (Which means I also came back up.)

Look, I’m not saying I’m Charles Johnson, okay? But for me, it was tough. Jeff C. knows what I’m talking about.

Many Americans Woefully Misperceive Iraqis’ View of Whether Ousting Saddam Was a Good Thing

Filed under: International,War — Patterico @ 3:01 pm

Via Allah comes a link to a poll with all sorts of depressing results, but with a very telling question at the end. (Scroll to the bottom of the linked page.)

Americans were asked:

Given any hardships they might have suffered since the US-Britain invasion of Iraq, do you think that most Iraqis think that ousting Saddam Hussein was worth it, was not worth it, or views are evenly balanced?

44% believed most Iraqis think ousting Saddam was worth it.
22% said most Iraqis would say it was not worth it.
33% said views would be evenly balanced.

The poll also sets forth what Iraqis actually said in response to the question.

77% said it was worth it.
22% said it was not.

Proposed Illegal Immigration Bill Would Make Illegal Immigration a Felony — By Adding a Whopping 6 Months to the Punishment

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Immigration — Patterico @ 10:21 am

I keep reading about the federal bill that will MAKE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION A FELONY! It sounds so drastic, and so you can see why hundreds of thousands might be protesting a bill that makes such a radical change. For example, here is an article on yesterday’s march in the Los Angeles Times:

Candido Hernandez, 26, trekked through the mountains from Mexico more than two decades ago and now works construction to support his three U.S.-born children.

Carmen Vazquez, 50, cleaned homes in Los Angeles while relatives raised her daughter in El Salvador before she became a legal resident and the two were able to reunite here several years later.

Maria Ortega, 30, came from Mexico to look for better opportunities and found work at a plastics factory after presenting false documents.

The three were among a festive crowd police estimated at 500,000 that marched through downtown Los Angeles to City Hall on Saturday to support immigrants rights and oppose a pending federal bill that would make illegal immigration a felony.

Here’s the thing, though: illegal immigration is already a crime, punishable by 6 months in prison. By making illegal entry a felony, the bill simply increases the penalty from 6 months to a year and a day.

Big deal.

It also makes illegal presence a crime. But aside from making it easier to prosecute people who have overstayed their visas, this provision simply makes it easier to prosecute illegals whose initial illegal entry can no longer be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations having run.

In other words, it makes it easier to prosecute criminals. But it doesn’t make criminals out of illegals.

Shouldn’t the news stories make these points more clearly? I run into people all the time who think that illegal immigration is not a crime. It is. Our newspapers should educate people better on this point.

The wonky legal details supporting my statements above are tucked away in the extended entry. Interested law nerds can click on the “more” button immediately below.

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