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Keep Dreaming, Dreamers

I don't know a lot about the rest of the world, because by God I'm an American. I know as much as I need to know about all those other countries, which consists of one thing and one thing only: They're not us. And thank goodness for that.

But one thing I do know is that if I moved to Mexico or Canada or France or England or any of those other, lesser countries, I'd be expected to obey their local laws. I wouldn't be exempt just because my feelings might get hurt. If I didn't comply, those countries would kick me the hell out. They'd probably even send me off with a few good "Yankee" zingers for good measure. And I'd deserve it.

If I choose to live in another country, I need to follow that country's rules. That's part of the deal. It's just common sense.

For some reason, though, that reasoning doesn't apply to people from other countries who come to the United States. Apparently, those folks don't need to obey the same laws as the rest of us. They're above all that.

"People aren't illegal," we're told, as though "illegal immigrant" were an epithet instead of a completely accurate description. We're supposed to call them "undocumented" instead, or at least until that euphemism becomes a pejorative as well. Then, I dunno, I guess they'll be "differently legal" or "citizenship-challenged" or something. Anything to dodge the issue. Anything to avoid speaking the plain truth.

The whole process also involves "Dreamers" drawing attention to themselves for breaking the law and/or advocating lawbreaking. Witness the following public temper tantrum, as reported by Hailey Branson-Potts and Cindy Carcamo at the L.A. Times:

Beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and their allies temporarily blocked a vehicle entrance to Disneyland on Monday, just as the Senate reached an agreement to end the government shutdown brought on in part by a stalemate over the young immigrants' future.

The DACA recipients, commonly called Dreamers, stood in a crosswalk at South Harbor Boulevard around 10 a.m. and blocked buses from entering the Anaheim theme park. The 15 protesters were quickly removed by law enforcement officers and were relocated to a sidewalk, where they held signs and chanted, "No dream! No deal!"

That makes sense, doesn't it? What better way to win people over to your cause than to ruin their family vacations? A guy works all year to take his kids to see Mickey Mouse, and then he can't get in because a bunch of people want to tell him how his tax dollars should be spent. They're taking advantage of his hospitality already just by being here, so why not really piss him off?