Can’t Keep Them Out Of Her House

by Morgan Freeberg | December 6, 2008 10:37 am

It’s a consequence[1], in my view, of that famous John Kerry gray-world nuanced thinking:

Lorraine Henderson, the Boston area port director for the Customs and Border Protection Division of the US Department of Homeland Security, was arrested at her home shortly before 8 a.m. after an eight-month undercover investigation during which a cleaner wore a wire.

Federal prosecutors said Henderson – who directs 190 armed officers who oversee ports of entry in Rhode Island and Connecticut as well as Massachusetts – became a target after she ignored a warning from a fellow employee that her regular cleaner was an illegal immigrant from Brazil.

“She’s supposed to be deporting aliens, not hiring them,” said Assistant US Attorney Brian T. Kelly, chief of the public corruption unit.

I’m relieved to see there are still consequences somewhere. For the real tragedy of America’s immigration policy is intellectual damage. It has become an issue in which, if you merely balk at the idea that a law is supposed to be enforced selectively, suddenly you are a hateful person. Because according to what has become the prevailing viewpoint, Lorraine Henderson did everything exactly right. I’m off the clock. Need to hire a cleaning lady. You’re an illegal immigrant…which must mean you’re just doing what’s necessary to “make a better life for your kids.” In you come. Who cares that my job is to enforce the law and now I’m breaking it. Who cares that I have no way of knowing who you really are. Who cares…no way will this ever get me in trouble.

This has become an issue in which lots of otherwise intelligent people can no longer distinguish between moderation and extremes. I say — our tolerance for this has approached dangerous levels, and the response comes back — what’re you gonna do Freeberg, load twelve million immigrants into a boxcar and ship ’em out overnight? I didn’t say that. Nobody I know ever said anything like that. We oppose laws that break other laws. No, I don’t think you spend a night in jail just because you jaywalk, and no, it’s not because I’ve jaywalked a time or two. I would oppose a law about jaywalking. “Don’t jaywalk, but if you’re gonna, our policy about how to properly jaywalk is…” Just like the needle-exchange program. Shooting up drugs is against the law, but since we’re compassionate and want to prevent the spread of AIDS, we have a program…etc. Laws should not contradict other laws. If they do, then the whole system becomes a joke.

Western civilization’s notion of law can certainly withstand a violator here and there. It can withstand a violator who doesn’t get caught. It cannot survive glaring contradictions written into the laws. That’s when it becomes a mockery of itself. That’s what Lorraine Henderson did. That’s her real crime.

The woman’s in charge of security at an airport, and she doesn’t think the law she’s charged with enforcing, is truly worth enforcing. Which means the people who work under her, could enforce it just as selectively. The nation does have deadly enemies. When they win, they become emboldened, and when they lose, they become desperate. It’s simply not appropriate for us to have a porous border.

It’s not a frantic, desperate, adrenaline-charged, shrieking viewpoint. It’s simple common sense. It’s called security, and it was supposed to have been this woman’s profession. Obviously she isn’t right for it. Fine. She can make her living brewing coffee at Starbucks McDonalds, or maybe as a cashier at Home Depot. I wonder how many others are made of the same sort of stuff, and simply haven’t been caught yet.

Cross-posted at House of Eratosthenes[2].

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