If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard labor.

Well, it looks like a Federal Judge put the smack down on Arizona’s fancy new Immigration law, thus the wingnuts have gone loco on the internet. One fun thing is the return of this lovely email forward, which has mutated slightly since the last time I saw it. Sort of like the flu!

If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard labor.
If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.
If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.
If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed.
If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again.
If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.
If you cross the Mexican borders illegally you will jailed for two years.
If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.

If you cross the United States border illegally you get:
1 – A job
2 – A driver’s license
3 – A Social Security card
4 – Welfare
5 – Food stamps
6 – Credit cards
7 – Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house
8 – Free education
9 – Free health care
10 – A lobbyist in Washington
11 – Billions of dollars in public documents printed in your language
12 – Millions of servicemen and women who are willing to – and do – die
for your right to the ways and means of our @#$%—-ution
13 – And the right to carry the flag of your country – the one you walked
out on – while you call America racist and protest that you don’t get
enough respect.

My favorite part is how this version somehow can’t bring itself to type out Constitution and instead goes with @#$%—-ution. What the frak is that?
Oh, and you don’t get those things in America for being illegal.

Now, the lovely subtext of this email forward is that the author seems to think that all the so called “evil” countries doing horrible things to people is something to admire. So let’s be more like North Korea, America!


  1. The best part about this is that it’s been copied almost word-for-word to apply to perceived immigration issues and imagined easy rides given to undocumented immigrants in Australia and the UK as well – probably other countries, too.

  2. My question….where is the original story? Who got the facts and posted them? Where did the original poster get the facts? There is no attribution.

    I found these articles posted by the Center for Immigration Studies as it applies to the US.

    I agree, it is the high cost of cheap labor.


    That is the problem with the internet. People post items as facts, when they are only opinions.

  3. You cannot have missed the entire point of the missive.

    As a liberal, even I can see the vast difference between our unique US cultural policy and every other nation in the world. The writting stops there. There is no call to action. It is just a recognition of how one bright light shines in this world.

    It will go out soon enough and then there will be only micro-hope.
    And what will you read for un-scripted brain food once it is extinguished?

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