There is an interesting article on CNN posted by Charles Garcia, Why ‘illegal immigrant’ is a slur.
The root of the article appears to be:
In this country, there is still a presumption of innocence that requires a jury to convict someone of a crime.
Mr. Garcia, I respectfully disagree. None U.S. citizens are not entitled to the same rights as U.S. citizens. This has been proven time and time again with Guantanamo Bay.
On one hand we argue people inside the U.S. deserve equal rights – innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On the other hand, we detain people with no due process, no access to legal counsel, and then use torture on the people being detained. Where are the equal rights for the people being detained at Guantanamo Bay?
Where was the due process for Abdulrahman al-Awlaki? For those of you not familiar with Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, he was a U.S. citizen who was killed by a drone attack.
Why can the president of the U.S. act as judge and jury, but nobody else can?
Does to president act as judge and jury for national security? Then why doesn’t the president secure our borders? Who are the real terrorist, the people smuggling drugs into the U.S., or somebody 8,000 miles away in a mud house doing nothing more then talking?
Either we have equal rights for everyone, or equal rights for only those protected by the law.
As U.S. citizens, our rights are protected by law.
None citizens should not be, and can not be protected by our laws. Once illegal immigrants are entitled to protection under our laws, the due process entitled to non-citizens creates a drain on our legal system.
If we protect illegal immigrants under our laws, then we should protect suspected terrorist in the middle east. Instead of killing suspected terrorist, we need to arrest them, bring them to trial, find them guilty in a court of law, and then execute them.
It appears to me that certain groups feel a sense of entitlement. If someone can sneak into the U.S. like a thief in the night, then that person is afforded certain rights.
The only people entitled to equal protection under the law are U.S. citizens.
If we extend equals rights to one group of people, we should extend those rights to all groups of people, including suspected terrorist.