Right aren’t gifts from government. Every-so-often, somebody tells us that “Non-citizens don’t have rights in America.” But this shows a complete misunderstanding of where rights come from. It implies that rights come from government. To say that non citizens have no rights is absurd. You don’t get rights because you were born inside some arbitrarily-drawn border. Some people were simply lucky to be born in an area where government violates their rights less than in other areas. Fact: Every person on Earth was born with the same natural rights. Thomas Jefferson alluded to this in the Declaration of Independence. He wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” Of course you don’t have to believe in a Creator. You can simply say that natural rights are a basic part of our personhood. To assume that government gives you rights takes you down a very dangerous path. After all, whatever government gives, government can take away.