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False compassion and immigration

One of the easiest and most effective ways to discredit those who support illegal/massive immigration is to point out that many of them are engaging in false compassion: they pretend that their proposals are the humane choice, when the opposite is true. If an advocate supports false compassion, go to one of their public events, ask them a question on video based on what follows, and then upload their response to video sharing sites.

For a clear example, there are only two ways to sharply reduce the numbers of border deaths (those who try to cross the southwestern desert into the U.S. and who die along the way): either by declaring completely open borders and passing out citizenships to all who ask, or by stringently enforcing our immigration laws on the border and in the interior.

Anything between those two poles will lead to some people trying to cross the desert, and some of those won't make it.

Since we're never going to have completely open borders no matter how much an extremely small group of people want it, the only other solution if one wants to prevent border deaths is to stringently enforce our laws.

Yet, those supporters of massive/illegal immigration fight tooth and claw against most forms of enforcement. They are in effect daring people to cross the desert into the U.S. and sending them the message that if they can make it across the border they'll find a support network. Those supporters are like a neighborhood sociopath who thinks he's doing a good turn for the neighborhood children by cutting a hole in the fence surrounding an attractive nuisance such as an abandoned swimming pool.

Last modified Jan 31, 2009
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Noah Rothman and Glenn Beck: false compassion for border kids - 07/09/14

... Rothman supports is an example of false compassion: something that is superficially compassionate but which will make things worse. The plan would encourage more kids to cross the border illegally, with some dying along the way. The plan wouldn't solve the problems in Central America, it would only make them worse. And, it would make things worse in the U.S. That both support the plan for...

John Oliver misleads about immigration, helps the wealthy harm American workers (HBO, "Undocumented Opinions") - 06/16/14

... the link. Oliver is engaging in false compassion: wringing his hands over a situation those like him helped cause. Oliver is also using verbatim a stock talking point, the misleading claim that the system is broken. See all those links for detailed explanations. Oliver takes Dave Brat out of context, accusing Brat of a strawman argument when it's Oliver himself who is using such an argument [1...

Jeh Johnson's empty pledge to keep unaccompanied children from coming here illegally - 05/18/14

... Johnson is engaging in a form of false compassion. Want to do something about this? Tweet your thoughts to any DHS representatives you can find. Ask them questions like, "If parents knew illegal aliens would never be legalized, would fewer kids try to come here illegally?" Or: "if people knew the U.S. declares amnesty every decade, would more people try to come here illegally?" There's an...

Jim Wallis has a low opinion of his supporters (Sojourners, immigration reform) - 02/19/14

... title itself is an example of false compassion. As detailed at the link, the immigration policies of those like Wallis leads to an increase in border deaths and other negative impacts. Those like Wallis aren't compassionate: their policies will make things worse. The "people before politics" part is also misleading, as will be detailed below. After discussing the GOP coming out with and then...

Debbie Wasserman Schultz on immigration: is she fake or dumb? - 12/12/13

... border deaths, not fewer; see the false compassion page for another detailed discussion. The only question is if Debbie Wasserman Schultz is dumb enough to actually believe what she (or a staffer) wrote, or if she realizes how faulty her argument is but made it anyway because she thinks her readers are dumb. Want to do something about this? Do a search for those who tweet at @DWSTweets, and make...

Catholic College Presidents promote bad, immoral immigration policy (ACCU letter to Congress) - 07/19/13

... deaths, not reduce them. See false compassion. Want to do something about this? The full list of signatories is at [1]. What I need you to do is to look up their Twitter handles and leave them in comments on this post. They can then be contacted. In addition, look up leading Catholics on Twitter and send them the link to this post or make the arguments above to them. Urge them to contact...

Very likely Rep. Trey Gowdy will help push immigration amnesty - 01/08/13

... covers up that he's engaging in false compassion: he'd make things worse. 2. Gowdy uses three extreme examples to illustrate immigration, none of which represent the case for almost every single person who comes here illegally. His examples are edge cases at best, a strawman argument and a deliberate attempt to deceive at worst. 3. No "fact-finding missions" are necessary for those who actually...

The Pope issues support for amnesty, U.S. Catholic Bishop's pro-illegal immigration efforts - 05/18/12

... some dying along the way (see false compassion). What the U.S. Bishops are after is abundantly clear. If it isn't, imagine how they'd react if most potential illegal aliens were non-Catholics. If you're Catholic and you want to do something about this, let me suggest doing so indirectly: help discredit Jim Wallis by asking him tough questions on video using the Question Authority plan. Doing...

Why the Mormon Church is wrong on immigration (June 10 statement, LDS) - 06/10/11

... They're engaging in a form of false compassion, in which they present enabling (at least past) illegal immigration as somehow the moral choice, when the opposite is true. The massive, mostly-illegal immigration that's occurred has had a highly negative impact on poorer American citizens, at the same time as it's hurt the people of the sending countries. Massive emigration to the U.S. helps the...

513 future illegal aliens were packed in two trucks, thanks to illegal immigration supporters - 05/19/11

... to cross. And, all engage in false compassion, pretending that they're compassionate when the actions they take lead to 513 people being packed into two trucks. --------- [1] Four hundred of them were repatriated to Guatemala; dozens are from other Latin America countries; and also: "12 [are] from India, six from Nepal, three from China and a woman who said she is from Japan."

Marc Lacey of NYT doesn't tell whole truth about leaving water for illegal crossers - 09/27/10

... of them don't make it. See the false compassion page for more information, examples of others doing the same thing, and something you can do about this. [1] nytimes.com/2010/09/27/us/27water.htm

Rudabeh Shahbazi does puff piece on group that enables border deaths (KNXV, CNN) - 08/08/10

... encouraging people to cross. See the false compassion page for a longer discussion and this post about Scott Pelley for another recent example; the bottom line is that NMD is enabling border deaths rather than reducing the number. Shahbazi does offer two instances of "but, critics say" but those are just setup questions which a noxious volunteer [2] is able to handle with ease. Shahbazi refers...

Immoral: Scott Pelley lies about Arizona law to support illegal immigration (John Hunter) - 05/02/10

... those not making it. See the false compassion page for a longer discussion, but there are only two ways to reduce border deaths: either declare completely open borders, or discourage people from crossing in the first place. The U.S. is never going to do the first, and Hunter and Pelley are doing the opposite of the second. While I fully expect many of their viewers to have been taken in, I urge...

A challenge for Kevin Keenan of the ACLU: drop the false compassion - 10/19/09

... showed a remarkable level of false compassion, complaining about deaths among border crossers without discussing the partial responsibility that groups like the ACLU have in those deaths. As detailed at the last link, groups like the ACLU enable illegal immigration by constantly fighting against enforcement of our laws. If groups like the ACLU would not constantly try to prevent enforcement, the...

ACLU-Mexico partnership calls for nearly open borders; "humanitarian crisis" they helped cause - 09/30/09

... to cross our border; see the false compassion page for more. If anyone wants to do something about this issue, go to ACLU events and ask them these questions. You can download their report (written by Maria Jimenez) from aclu.org/immigrants/gen/41186pub20091001.html These are their recommendations: Action on Day One: * Recognize border crossing deaths as an international humanitarian crisis....

Luis Gutierrez' "National Family Unity Tour" to pull heartstrings in support of illegal immigration; ask him a question - 02/25/09

... to show that he's engaging in false compassion and that he's not promoting the best policies. Please note that I'm talking about very difficult questions, not rants. The goal is to discredit Gutierrez and his friends by countering their emotionalism with logic.

John King/CNN: border fence works (but, maybe "reform" would be better) - 02/15/09

John King of CNN offers "Border fence is a dividing line in immigration debate", a report from his "State of the Union" show (link). It provides anecdotal evidence that the border fence works where it's deployed, but he also closes on a note that might have been designed to promote comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty.

NYT: illegal immigration is "New York's special gift to America" (unhinged anti-Gillibrand editorial) - 01/31/09

... bankruptcy", the NYT is engaging in false compassion. They support propping up the corrupt Mexican government through advocating for remittances; they support allowing that government to send us those people who might otherwise remain in Mexico to push for reforms; they support allowing illegal aliens to take college educations away from U.S. citizens; and, what they support will encourage more...

Chris Romer's immoral "moral call": let illegal aliens take college educations from U.S. citizens - 01/30/09

... state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/Senate/members/Sen32.htm Note that he's using false compassion to sell the bill (link): "We need to give them a chance to sit at the table of higher education with all of our students... So this is not only an economic essential, it's a moral call for us to make this right for all children. The moral solution is to discourage illegal activity and encourage sending...

You can't trust what Harold Meyerson says (immigration edition) - 12/19/07

Harold Meyerson of the American Prospect offers a vile, illegal immigration-supporting smear piece called "Hard-liners for Jesus". Pretty much everything in it is bad, including comparing the GOP to the KKK. And, he misleads about the immigration stance of all the GOP candidates and the vast majority of GOP voters: But it's on their policies concerning immigrants where Republicans -- candidates...

Rev. John Fife is dangerously wrong (sanctuary movement) - 04/23/07

From this Amy Goodman/Democracy Now! show: [Reverend John Fife, the founder of the Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s] was the minister of Tucson's Southside Presbyterian Church for 35 years. The church was the first to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants from El Salvador in 1981. That launched a movement that eventually provided safe haven to thousands of Central Americans in over 500...

Sojourners/Jim Wallis promoting massive amnesty to Congress - 04/07/07

Continuing the age old debate about whether someone is a crook or an idiot, Jim Wallis' Sojourners organization is sending out an email to their mailing list urging people to contact Congress in support of a massive illegal alien amnesty. A purported copy is here: tgdarkly.com/blog/?p=542 Wallis has a blog at beliefnet.com/blogs/godspolitics, and I urge everyone to leave comments there...

No More Deaths, Derechos Humanos working with Mexican government - 07/12/06

The Arizona "humanitarian" organizations No More Deaths (run by Dr. Robin Hoover) and Derechos Humanos (run by Isabel Garcia) have signed an "agreement of hospitality" with the Mexican government that will let those groups assist potential illegal aliens inside Mexico. They will be providing them with "food, water, footwear and basic medical care", which will serve to encourage many to try to...

Cardinal Roger Mahony admits to exaggerating about HR4437 - 04/13/06

In an interview with a Catholic newspaper Cardinal Roger Mahony as much as admitted that he's been misrepresenting HR 4437: [interviewer:] Giving a sandwich to a hungry man could theoretically be a criminal act. [Mahoney:] Absolutely. Let me just give a couple of examples that are so absurd, people just say, "What?" The one I used was, since we have undocumented people who come to our...

Bishops urge: show false, idiotic compassion to illegal aliens - 02/22/06

Dear Archbishop Michael Sheehan of the New Mexico archdiocese: I read that you want us to show "compassion" to "immigrants". In fact, you say: "We don't condone illegal entry, but when someone is here, we try to take care of them." Let me try to put this in a way that you might understand. (Regular readers are invited to skip this post since you already know this, but the archbishop probably...