Sunday, April 5, 2009

Faulty logic in the DA's office

Seems that Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos' reasoning behind her decision not to offer probation for people in this country illegally is based on two premises: (1) the person is violating US law by being in the country without permission and (2) the person is violating the law by working in this country.

She is right on her first premise but woefully off target with her second. There is nothing illegal about an undocumented person working in the United States -- it is a crime, however, for the employer to hire an undocumented worker.

The only effect of Ms. Lykos' policy will be to worsen the present overcrowding at the Harris County Jail.


Anonymous said...

it sure is a crime if you are using a fake social security number. as a matter of fact, it is a felony. you try presenting a fake social security card and see what happens to you.

Paul B. Kennedy said...

Thank you for your comment.

Using a fake social security card or other identification may be a crime, but, as I stated before, it is not against the law for a person in this country illegally to work.