Saturday, January 26, 2008

Necessity and Law: Getting Past "Illegality"

by Emile Schepers
People's Weekly World Online Extra, Jan. 5, 2008

The anti-immigrant movement sets great store by “legality." “What part of ‘illegal’ don’t you understand?” is one of their favorite taunts.

But we know that it is very easy for any government to create new “illegals”; all it has to do is pass some law forbidding people from doing something that they have been doing out of necessity, maybe for centuries.

In medieval England, it was illegal for hungry peasants to hunt the king’s deer. Deer are deer and hunger is hunger, but add this little law and you have the right to hang half the peasantry. [...]

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See also a special English-Spanish supplement on immigration:
Immigration: myths vs. facts
La inmigración: hechos y mitos

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