While reacting to concerns about the immigration status of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg said that being an illegal immigrant is not a crime in the United States. “The truth is, we don’t know what happened,” Rosenberg said. “They have to release the immigration file, it’s the only way we’re going to know, but being undocumented in the United States is not a crime.”
“That is,” he quickly corrected himself, “if you’re coming from a country in which you can’t find work for whatever reason.” Rosenberg then argued that he “sympathizes with millions of Mexicans and Syrian refugees who are on their way to the United States,” because “it takes a lot of courage to sever all ties and permanently relocate half way around the world.” He added that “only the bravest and most endangered people make that step.”
“To be quite honest, I understand how they must be feeling,” he said. “That sort of decision isn’t made overnight. It takes a lot, really a lot, to make you want to leave the place of your birth and risk everything to make it to the other side of the world. Family is often the most powerful motive. That’s why we need to have much more understanding for all of these people who are coming here, because that’s the one thing we all have in common – caring for our families. That’s what makes us the same.”
He then proceeded to justify illegal immigration: “And you know, we have to be able to accommodate some of these people. After all, this country was built on the premises of legal immigration. Now, that’s all nice, but at the end of the day, when you’ve got war or famine or some other problems on your back, you start grabbing straws and pulling all the stops to make it work. And America is the last straw for many of these people, especially when you consider that not having a job means you can’t feed yourself, let alone your children or other family members.”
“So, at the end of the day, you have to cut them some slack,” he said. “I’m sure that even Donald Trump, who’s been the most vocal about deporting Muslims, will change his mind if he becomes president. Because, you can’t just up and deport millions, that would be like committing mass murder, and I honestly don’t think he’s gone that far. And as much as it pains me to say it, nowadays it’s okay to be an illegal immigrant in this country, because that’s the only way many people are able to survive.”
“Therefore, I hereby send an open invitation to all the struggling people in the world – If you can’t get a job and feed your family in your own country, please, come to the United States of America. It won’t be easy – you’ll be persecuted, you’ll be called job stealers, you’ll be considered the worst of the worst – but at the end of the day, you might be better off here than somewhere else. You know what they say – one can never have too many good gardeners or expert toilet cleaners. It sucks, but it’s a job. And most importantly – it pays,” Rosenberg said.