Kudos to Civitas’ own Max Borders on this article published in the Greensboro News-Record. Borders uses the recent community college/illegal immigrant issue as a backdrop for the broader issue of the rule of law.
"Despite the rhetoric, those who would simply ignore the law for the sake of what they consider to be a nobler good not only undermine the rule of law but what it means to be a citizen. And while voices charging xenophobia are growing louder, this issue is not about blood and soil. It is ultimately about respect for fundamental institutions."
He closes the piece with a slap at the damaging notion being put forth by fringe groups that if one doesn’t like a law, you should break it:
"Citizenship is not some arbitrary designation. It is membership in a political community, and it carves out a special, two-way relationship between a person and the institutions of the state. We may all agree that the process for becoming a citizen is long and burdensome and should be less so. But that doesn’t mean the rights and privileges of citizenship should fall like manna from heaven until our system of naturalization is reformed. If we think they should, then we are saying that the appropriate mechanism for change is not judicial, legislative or democratic processes at all but lawbreaking. If reform occurs outside our legal order, that order has been made impotent. At that point, we are no longer a nation of laws, but a nation of caprice. Citizenship and order have then become curiosities of a bygone era."