My hometown paper just ran an opinion article titled, no shit, “Rule of Law Trumps Compassion.” It was penned by a man named Jack R. Kunath who really wants to help the children receiving amnesty here in the United States, but dagnabbit he just feels bound by the rule of law:
In my opinion — and isn`t this an opinion page — the issue is truly not about the “poor children,” but about the rule of law. Haven`t we law abiding citizens been told often enough, that is how our country is governed? By the rule of law? Isn`t that how most of us have lived our lives?
Father helped to clear that up for him:
About “In my opinion — and isn`t this an opinion page — the issue is truly not about the “poor children,” but about the rule of law. Haven`t we law abiding citizens been told often enough, that is how our country is governed?”
Actually, since Mr. Kunath insists on the “rule of law” being followed, then he surely wants the children taken care of until they have a hearing—which could take years due to the explosion of refugees and shortage of courts— as specified by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, which was signed into law by President Bush after being passed by all but two members of both houses of congress. http://www.state.gov/j/tip/laws/113178.htm
Mr. Kunath might also want to read up on the right of asylum of individuals as specified by international and federal law, which is recognized by the U.S. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asylum_in_the_United_States
You can imagine how happy Jack will be to find out that his compassion for the children and the rule of law are not at odds! I’m just sure Mr. Kunath’s opinion totally changed, and that he was happy for it. Right?