Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | December 1, 2011

Statutes of Limitations

Let me see if I have this straight:

There are statutes of limitation for rape, robbery, and child abuse, but not for murder, or for illegal immigration. So a citizen who rapes a child will, if not caught, eventually be forever immune from prosecution. But someone who enters the country illegally is in the same boat as a murderer, to be hunted down across decades and generations, whatever their subsequent contributions to society.

Makes sense to me.

</deep sarcasm>

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Responses

  1. This is so, so sad.

  2. Thanks for this post, which I’ve linked to. I believe this belongs in the discussion not only of the persecution of undocumented immigrants but of the replacement of the death penalty. I agree that the contribution of an individual to the community must be part of the discussion, whether it is of an immigrant struggling to make a better life for his or her family or an inmate on death row reaching out to youth at risk.My mother was raped and murdered 25 years ago, and I’ve wrestled with issues of culpability, punishment, and healing. I’m appalled that those who do not commit violent crimes are treated with the same harshness as those who do, at the expense of effective intervention, restitution, and rehabilitation programs. The current system, whether we’re talking about arrest and deportation/incarceration or execution, harms us all by focusing us on retaliation instead of restoring our lives and incorporating the best efforts of each person to make a better society for everyone.

  3. In many states there is no statute of limitation on child sexual abuse.

    As to illegal immigration, it’s an ongoing crime. For as long as the person is in the country illegally (not undocumented) they are committing a crime. Days, weeks, months, years, they continue to commit crimes.

    The myth about illegal immigration is that it’s perpetrators are some sort of boon to the country. The truth is that they drain resources and tax dollars, commit crimes other than there mere being here, and because they don’t bother with trivialities like vaccinations bring in diseases that for the most part have been eradicated in the US. It’s not just idiots that listen to Jenny McCarthy that cause diseases to re-emerge. Or does “herd immunity” not apply to illegal aliens?

  4. My beef is with people who refuse to use turn signals. This is an ongoing crime. For as long as these drivers are able they are constantly committing crimes. Days, weeks, months, years, they continue to commit crimes.

    The myth about drivers that do not use turn signals and commit countless other “small violations” is that these perpetrators are some sort of boon to the country. The truth is that they drain resources and tax dollars, commit crimes other than small traffic violations, and because they don’t bother with trivialities I am sure they also ignore vaccination mandates and spread diseases that for the most part have been eradicated in the US. It’s not just idiots that listen to Jenny McCarthy that cause diseases to re-emerge. Or does “herd immunity” not apply to those above the law?

    My point is not to personally attack.. but that why is one crime so heinous and others that everyone commits are ignored in this type of anti-immigration rhetoric. All people break countless laws everyday; it’s impossible not too.

  5. “As to illegal immigration, it’s an ongoing crime. For as long as the person is in the country illegally (not undocumented) they are committing a crime. Days, weeks, months, years, they continue to commit crimes. ”

    Not true; illegal entry is a single crime. It cannot be repeated unless the person leaves and returns, again illegally.

    It should also be noted that illegal immigration is a misdemeanor.

  6. You are correct, entering is a one time event that is not repeated on a daily basis. However being in the country without proper documentation does not become legal simply because it was not that day that the individual crossed the border.

    And unlike turn signals, there is a true cost to tax payers for the event. If one does not use a turn signal in Alaska it costs me nothing in Kentucky. However if an individual is receiving governmental assistance in Alaska it comes from my pocket thousands of miles away.

    It is true that there are hundreds or more serious crimes. However that does not diminish the impact of this particular crime. I should get in trouble for shooting you in the knee, even though I could have shot you in the head which would have been much more severe.


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