Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Illegals in Narnia

Andrew, Jan and Grandma Marge saw “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” this past weekend. I guess the movie is a blockbuster.

Something really bothers me about this Narnia mania, though.

Let's face it. The whole thing is nothing but a celebration of illegal immigration.

"Snow-Backs" Crossing Over

Yes, yes, I know that Lucy, Susan, Peter and Edmund ended up making a significant contribution to the economy and well being of their new country.

But that doesn’t change the fact that they crossed the border illegally and broke the law. Narnia’s got to be a country of laws or eventually all hell will break loose.

Something needs to be done and done fast. Let’s stop this nonsense about a guest worker program. We all know that would just affirm lawbreaking and would let those humans who have already illegally crossed into Narnia off the hook.

There's only one reasonable and effective response. We must fortify and electrify the wardrobe. That’ll make ‘em think twice about crossing over.

The Border

But if people won't listen to reason, and if the government won’t do anything about it, we’ve got to take matters into our own hands. In that case I'd support legions of “Minute-Dwarfs” who sit in folding lawn chairs with GPS devices and shot guns and guard the frontier along the wardrobe.

So let’s ignore this sentimental silliness about Edmund improving his life in Narnia, blah, blah, blah. Time to get tough and serious about a real problem. If we don’t, you never know what kind of Narnia we might pass on to our children in the years to come.


Blogger the purveyor said...

dude, that's awesome.

10:39 PM  
Anonymous John Teter said...

Wordcat, your Angeleno roots shine through on this one. This one is an A for creative thinking.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

In light of the recent introduction of legislation to make being illegal a felony, this post is great. Thanks for the reminder of what Narnia should really be about.

9:14 AM  
Blogger jon said...

This post gets at a point that a lot of people seem to miss in the immigration debate. "They're not illegal immigrants! Narnia didn't have immigration laws stupid!" is the sort of response I can imagine. It would be very much in line with, "Well, my ancestors came here legally!" Yeah, um, of course they came over legally when the population that was here (whether it was American Indians, European colonies, or the early USA) allowed immigration to the continent freely. It wasn't illegal until we made it so.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Wordcat said...

Good points Jon. I wasn't really thinking about any of that when I wrote it--mostly just funnin' But you're right!

Ya, Scott, two of our Colorado reps are behind those potential new laws. One of 'em, Tom Tancredo, is a walking stereotype--sort of a "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" kind of guy (reference there is from "Apocalypse Now" for those of you under 35 :^). God bless the US--it's great even people like Tancredo can be elected. Keeps things entertaining!

10:49 AM  
Anonymous alex said...

The continuing development and prosperity we experience in the West are contingent on a more or less uniform application of the rule of law. We adjudicate our disputes according to a set of agreed upon (of course always evolving) principles. One of these is that a basic responsibility of any government is control and regulation of its borders. Unregulated immigration is contrary to these principles, and so we call it "illegal." Now of course we might wish to adjust our requirements through amnesties or guest worker programs, but as it stands now "illegal" immigration is just that - illegal, and it is our responsibility as citizens to encourage our government to either enforce the law or to change it.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Wordcat said...

You're right Alex. I agree completely.

It's just sometimes that general truth gets trotted out in a rigid and silly way that doesn't correspond to what's really going on. The reality is a huge number of people want illegal immigrants here because they contribute so much to the economy--that's not going to change, so the law may as well reflect reality rather than ideology.

Trying to "close the borders" (whatever that means--it's impossible) and making being an illegal alien a felony are simply silly in my view. We don't have enough prisons to hold all the people we would have to arrest and put away. I'm for a reasonable response which reflects both the costs and benefits of having Mexican and Central American workers here. I think that's what Bush and some others are encouraging.

As long as the Mexican economy is relatively weak and as long as businesses here require cheap labor, there is simply no way to really stop the flow. The more draconian measures some people are talking about are simply unworkable.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

I agree - immigrants, legal or otherwise, make a tremendous contribution to American society. I've never understood the argument that illegal immigrants somehow drain resources from everybody else, even though studies that seem to point to the contrary are beginning to proliferate. I suspect legal/illegal immigrants add more than they take away and ought to be welcomed as a way to keep American culture and economy vibrant.

However, I would still argue that the government has a responsibility to keep track of the people coming and going - and that the capacity of any nation to absorb immigrants is probably not unlimited.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Natalia said...


I love it.

6:39 PM  

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