Illegal, but not criminal
0 comment Wednesday, July 2, 2014 |
From the Newark Star-Ledger, we read that according to U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, illegal ''immigrants'' are not criminals.
Immigrants and their advocates today found an unlikely ally: the top law enforcement officer in New Jersey.
U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie surprised many at a Dover church public forum when he said sneaking into the United States is not a criminal act.
"Being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime," Christie told more than 60 residents and town officials. "The whole phrase of 'illegal immigrant' connotes that the person, by just being here, is committing a crime."
Being undocumented may be a civil wrong, but it's not a criminal act, Christie said.
"Don't let people make you believe that that's a crime that the U.S. Attorney's Office should be doing something about," he added of entering the country illegally. "It is not."
After having read the whole article (read the rest at the link, if you think it will help) I still say: huh?
Can some of my readers with legal savvy or knowledge explain this to me? Or is he just obfuscating and announcing that he has no intention of doing his job? I really don't understand how something that is illegal is not at the same time criminal. Is this just parsing of words, or is there something I am not understanding? Or does it depend on what the meaning of ''is'' is?
I ask these questions in all seriousness, not rhetorically. Explanations, anyone?

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