According to West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, to aid and abet is to assist another in the commission of a crime by words or conduct.
The person who aids and abets participates in the commission of a crime by performing some Overt Act or by giving advice or encouragement. He or she must share the criminal intent of the person who actually commits the crime, but it is not necessary for the aider and abettor to be physically present at the scene of the crime.
An aider and abettor is a party to a crime and may be criminally liable as a principal, an accessory before the fact, or an accessory after the fact.
Pop performer Cher tweeted her intention to aid and abet individuals in the country illegally, and encouraged others to do the same.
When questioned about the legality of such actions, she referenced Reagan’s Amnesty Bill.
Suggestions that illegal immigrants are akin to Holocaust victims were quickly shot down by Twitter users.
Other users wondered if Cher was going to keep her pre-election promise to leave the country if voters dared to exercise their democratic rights.
CBS News notes that while the actress and entertainer owns several properties in the United States, it is unclear where she would harbor illegal aliens.
It’s unclear where any “Dreamers” who take Cher up with her offer would stay. The singer’s Twitter account says she lives in Malibu. Cher has purchased and sold several homes in Southern California, including in Malibu, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles over the past few years.
Cher made no comment on whether the illegal immigrants would join her current housekeeping or gardening staff, who probably aren’t illegal immigrants anyways.
Featured image “Cher in her half breed outfit” via Cher News.