You are mostly incorrect.
But hey, lets not let facts and actual law get in the way of a perfectly good talking point.
Chewy......................................................................... they'll never criminalize it fully, because then, every single illegal immigrant will get due process rights, instead of what they have now.
No need to be snarky about it. I actually DIDN'T know the distinction, and I stand corrected. But I guess certain people are allowed to be snarky. Hopefully one day I'll be allowed to be.
So, CIVIL Infraction. Oh well. Still cheats out those who do things the right way, but I suppose doing things the right way is not currently popular in our culture anymore.
And to the point about speeding: Yes. If you speed and are caught, you are a criminal. It's pretty black and white. Breaking the law = criminal. Now, once you've finished your punishment, whether it be the payment of a fine, whatever, then the distinction is gone. You've paid your penance and can move on freely. Doesn't mean you are a criminal for life.
Anyways, moving on. I saw this article on Huffington today, and it really bothers me:http://www.huffingto..._b_1413422.html
Not necessarily by anything he said, but what he didn't say. Racial hate IS a problem in this country, and the Tulsa shootings, and the KKK patrolling Sanford are prime examples of it. It DOES need to stop, and we as a country DO need to take heed about it.
But this article is an outstanding example of not helping, but HURTING the ability to fight hate in this country. To blindly pretend that hate only flows one way, to purposely ONLY become vocal about hate when it is white on black, is alienating to the intrinsic battle against hate itself.
He brings up the KKK patrols, the Tulsa shooting, etc. Good examples of hate to be sure. But where is the country unifying spirit when the 13 year old caucasion is set on fire by 2 black kids while they shout "This is what you get white boy"?
Where is the calls against hate from Russell, Sharpton, Jesse, etc. when Dallas Watts is beaten while the black kids yell "This is for Trayvon"
KKK patrols in Sanford is sickening. And SHOULD be spoken out against. But where are these same people speaking out against the New Black Panther party issuing a bounty for Zimmerman? Or when the New Black Panther speaks on creating a sea of red, with the blood of the blonde, blue eyed white man?
I am not trying to downplay the idiot moron whites out there who spread hate and violence in a way that does and should make the normal person cringe. But when calls for the country to unite against hate only happen when the hate is publicized one way and one way only does nothing but enhance the problem, not help it.
So I'll hold my breath when Simmons or Sharpton or Jackson or Spike Lee holds a rally the next time an Asian American is gunned down. Or a Hispanic American is gunned down. Or a Caucasian kid is killed in a hate crime. Because until that happens, we aren't truly fighting against hate. We're just fighting for one creek in the river system of hate, and you can't stop it that way.