As the Senate Judiciary Committee works over the new immigration bill this week, we have seen the familiar tug-of-war between factions demanding enforcement and accountability for rule-breakers, and those who would rather wipe the slate clean and give transgressors a chance to stay. I support rule-of-law, but laws are human creations, which we write, amend and even ignore or forget as suits our circumstances. When considering whether to adopt, amend, or reject a law, we must ensure that the law does not create greater harm than it seeks to prevent.
We must ask ourselves which would cause greater harm to society: breaking the law, or enforcing it? For much of our current immigration code, the harm caused by enforcement is far greater than the harm caused by the breech. Below is one family's story, representative of thousands more.