Why Intolerance Is a Good Thing for Immigration Policy

Former Marine & Retired Air Force Officer Explains Why Intolerance Can Be Good for Americans

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - February 2, 2011) -  Darrell Ahrens isn't an intolerant man, but he believes that intolerance has its place in America today -- and that when it comes to immigration policy, it's not a negative thing.

"Sometimes intolerance can be a genuine expression of love," said Ahrens, a retired marine and former Air Force Officer, as well as author of the book "Divine Love / Divine Intolerance" from Elderberry Press. "As an example, the idea of protecting our borders and tightening our immigration policy has a lot of people pointing fingers and using words like 'racist' or 'bigot' at those of us who take a dim view of our porous borders. But it's not about that at all. It's the fact that we have tolerated that situation and accepted illegal immigrants into our nation and our economy that has produced the current crisis. That's why maybe a little intolerance is what we need to shine a new light on the issue."

Ahrens believes that immigration reform isn't just about securing borders for reasons of national security or even about American jobs. He believes it should also be about fairness to those who are trying to enter the country legally.

"The average amount of time it takes for someone to become an American citizen is several years," Ahrens said. "Some people are paying thousands of dollars in government application fees, and several thousand more if they employ an immigration attorney. So, how do you think they feel when they make an effort to honor our laws and regulations, but see us tolerating a vast population of illegal immigrants just because they're already here? It's not fair, and one of the founding principles of this country is fairness and justice. Intolerance of illegal immigration is a way of ensuring justice for those who are going through the legal process of immigration."

About Darrell Ahrens

Darrell Ahrens is a former U.S. Marine, Air Force fighter pilot, high school teacher, and pastor. He holds a BA from Chapman University and an MS from Boston University. He has also attended Fuller Theological Seminary where he was awarded a Masters of Divinity degree. He has been married for 45 years and has 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

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