This is a basic point of human psychology, which quite literally is taught in Psychology 101, or at least it was in the college class I took. As a general principle, people tend to meet the expectations placed upon them—the actual expectations, not the written ones. The expectations are defined entirely by examining which behaviors are punished, which are tolerated, and which are rewarded. You can’t learn this by reading the rule book, but only by looking at what the bosses actually do.
The rules say this kind of thing is illegal. But let’s see what the reality is. 12,000,000 undocumented immigrants now live here. They stand as a living testament to the fact that once you’ve made it into the interior, odds are you’re golden. This is because most of them, barring the commission of violent crime (although we regularly release criminals, too, up to and including those guilty of murder), are not “priorities for enforcement.” Not even the staunchest opponents of illegal immigration believe significant numbers of them will ever face deportation, and few are calling for that.
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