“ICED!” (“I Can End Deportation!”) should be iced (8/6, A-6, “Video game lets players be virtual immigrants.”)
“Shoplifting or jumping a subway turnstile loses points.” D’oh! Those are illegal activities, regardless of one’s citizenship status.
I was an exchange student in the 1970s, when teenage Americans slated for our first experiences abroad were instructed to obey host country laws, proudly and respectably represent the United States, and absorb the culture of the countries we were privileged to visit.
When immigrants come here, they, too, should obey those instructions. The United States has generous immigration laws. In fact, America has more generous laws overall than lots of countries. Isn’t that why many immigrants come here in the first place?
When individuals cross our border and receive the countless advantages of living in America, they tacitly accept the responsibility for living the American way. That includes obeying our laws, contributing to our society and speaking our language.
Thank goodness the current system provides for at least a few ways to separate the wheat from the chaff. Any crime should trigger deportation. It is a privilege to come here, not a right.