I received this amusing email with a letter from an officer in a national trade association that is working to comprehensive immigration reform. I think the take on the subject is a little different. I'd give credit to its author, but believe he wanted some anonymity. I've also altered the text slightly to remove the reference to the particular association that was the subject of the original complaint letter:


I have received your email concerning our association's support for
comprehensive immigration reform. I appreciate and agree with your concerns
regarding upholding the nation's laws. The United States of America is not just
a nation of laws, but it is a nation of GOOD laws, not unworkable ones. Were
this not the case, and enforcement-at-all-costs-even of bad laws-were the
history of this nation, you and I would be living under the following
circumstances:



1. We would answer to the Queen of England.



2. We might be slaves.



3. Your mother and daughter would have no vote.



4. None of us could have a beer.



5. There'd be four bathrooms in every public
establishment.



On the other hand, if every bad law were enforced to the extent
that some people insist that the unworkable immigration laws be enforced, you
and I would also be living under the following circumstances:



1. No car would be manufactured to exceed 75mph.



2. Jaywalking would cease to exist.



3. You'd never see a cat off a leash.



4. We'd have a balanced budget, because all taxes owed would be
paid.



5. Members of Congress would pay overtime wages to most of their
staffs.



Boycotting business that employ those twelve million undocumented immigrants is maybe a logical move at this
point, provided you also take vows to do the following:



1. Stop buying most American-grown food.



2. Eat only in every tenth restaurant.



3. Stay only in every twentieth hotel.



4. Build your own house.



5. Certainly, never go to a hospital.



Instead of all these nonsensical hypotheticals (including
sending 12 million people "back home where they belong") this nation needs to
get a grip on the fact that this country has flourished precisely because we are
a nation of good laws and also good intentions that produce bad laws. When laws
are not workable, they need to be fixed, not enforced-first haphazardly, and
then vengefully until there's blood in the streets or organized crime is the
only winner.



History repeats itself, and hopefully, it will do so again. This
nation's greatness depends upon the rule of good laws that work.