Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Scumbag of the Week - David Vitter

Senator David Vitter of Louisiana is a strong opponent of "amnesty". I don't think Vitter understands the definition of the word.

Amnesty : a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment

Vitter claimed the DREAM Act was amnesty and that it would reward criminal behavior.
The DREAM Act would have allowed innocent children who through no choice of their own became undocumented immigrants to become documented. Many of these children do not even know they are undocumented. They committed no crime yet face the punishment such as Jail while being held in detention or worse yet deportation to a country they haven't seen since they were toddlers with decade to lifetime bans on re-entering the U.S., the only country they have ever known.

I think it's safe to assume a toddler who is carried across the border or a 5 year old who overstays his visa is innocent. They most likely had no idea what was happening and even if they did, they have no say over the action. Yet David Vitter keeps referring to these kids as criminals. Unauthorized presence in the U.S. is not a crime, and crossing the border as a child is not a crime. Under no definition of the criminal justice system are these children guilty, yet they face the punishment and jail time in detention facilitates which are known to sexually and physically abuse minors.

David Vitter on the other hand is guilty of knowingly committing an actual crime. Sexually exploiting a woman, using the "services" of a prostitute is a crime (not to mention morally despicable). Yet Vitter was amnestied for his crime. Prostitution has a statute of limitations. If we can give amnesty to a criminal such as Vitter, I think he should find it in his heart to give it to innocent children who aren't guiltily of any crimes.

Vitter's Senate number: (202) 224-4623

Tell Vitter you are opposed to amnesty, especially for men who violate prostitution laws and that your tax dollars shouldn't be going to these criminals.

More on Vitter from the Wonkette.

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