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Tom Toles

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  1. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    We only ask that immigrants come into America legally…what’s so hard to understand about that?

  2. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 1 year ago

    I think the catch is that we aren’t in charge. Certainly seems simple enough, and as I understand it, we used to have written rules.

    Think maybe our government is no more literate than the rest of the population?

    Or maybe it’s just simple lack of will.

  3. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 1 year ago

    Sorry, we’re full. Come back later.

  4. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov

    Is that then the true spirit of liberty that we then hold out to the suffering millions of the rest of the world?

  5. ReFlex-76

    ReFlex-76 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @PianoGuy24

    ""We only ask that immigrants come into America legally…what’s so hard to understand about that?
    .
    - The part with the ridiculous amount of red tape it takes to become a citizen.
    .
    - I came to the US 1985, but it took until 1995 before I was sworn in as a citizen.
    .
    - It used to only take a physical exam and a sworn oath to become a citizen.
    .
    - If those that come after me can get in easier, more power to ’em.

  6. ReFlex-76

    ReFlex-76 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov

    “Sorry, we’re full. Come back later.”
    .
    - In your dreams.

  7. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 1 year ago

    Among the charges against the king listed in the Declaration of Independence: “He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither …”

    From 1776 to 1882, when we had the minimalist Federal Government that Conservatives always say they want to return to, there were no restriction on immigration. If you could get here, you could stay. There were efforts to bar the Irish from coming because of their “filthy habits alien religion” but no laws were made until 1882 when the first limits were placed on immigration in the racist “Chinese exclusion” law. Further restriction were passed in the decades to come, mainly to keep out “undesirable” ethnic groups, like Slavs and Italians. Asian immigrant were, for many decades, barred from citizenship even when they come legally and had lived here for decades.

    . “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


    Perhaps we cannot afford to be the world’s refuge as we once were and even aspired to be. Times have changed. We have to control our borders, and we must enforce the law. I don’t dispute that. The law should be obeyed. But the law should also be just, and legal immigration should not be so terribly difficult for so many, especially when the difficulty is based on their ethnicity. We once thought it “amnesty” to punish a horse thief with anything less than death, now lesser punishments for non-violent theft are considered sufficient.

    We should prevent “undocumented” persons from coming in. We should punish those who do come in illegally: their path to citizenship should be longer, harder, and more expensive. And we should deport those who come in and then refuse to follow that path, who do not demonstrate that they want to become Americans. But allowing anyone in this country to be abused and exploited, to make them live in fear of arrest and deportation because they really have nowhere and no one to return to, that is what I object to.

    If someone moves in next door from Britain, or France, does anyone worry about them being here illegally? Should their papers be checked every time they having dealings with officialdom because they have a foreign accent?

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    Making immigration laws, or any laws for that matter, so onerous as to make compliance impossible will only cause a continuation of non-compliance.

  9. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Doughfoot

    Wow! Very inspirational! Now I don’t have to go tho church….

  10. Northern Redman

    Northern Redman said, over 1 year ago

    @Doughfoot

    “If someone moves in next door from Britain, or France, does anyone worry about them being here illegally? Should their papers be checked every time they having dealings with officialdom because they have a foreign accent? "

    Yes, just like my papers/passport are checked everytime I check into a hotel in Europe.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Robert Landers

    Sure is, when the white guys came it was anything goes. It was the white guys that decided when Asians could come and when they couldn’t. They do that with every other immigrant class.

  12. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @ReFlex-76

    Try having that same attitude getting in illegally in another country.

  13. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Don’t want illegals? Prosecute those who hire them.
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    Too complex to understand?

  14. Mr. Ngn33r

    Mr. Ngn33r GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Northern Redman

    In checking into a hotel in Europe, you have announced yourself as, and claim privileges of, a “Foreigner”, so that you may use your credit/banking to settle debts, etc. This is a business transaction to assure your financial responsibility…not a government mandate to determine your immigrant status…a destitute illegal would hardly be staying in such facilities or accessing his/her Visa/AmEx to pay for accommodations.

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Doughfoot

    Thanks for saving me some work. Other than laws to restrict Asians from coming here, there was no real bar to immigration until the Immigration Act of 1924, which sought to “preserve the ideal of American homogeneity” by assigning each nation a quota based on the number of citizens from those nations already here.

    The intent was to restrict Southern & Eastern European Catholics from destroying our Anglo-Protestant heritage. Non-whites were banned altogether.

    The widespread availability of lasagna, fried rice & gyros shows what a failure the law was. A man can hardly find a decent mutton stew anywhere these days.

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