cit·i·zen noun ˈsi-tə-zən also -sən : a person who legally belongs to a country and has the rights and protection of that country, a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it.
We’re bound to be hearing the immigration arguments heating up from both sides as both Democrats and Republicans have made it clear they want to have this issue resolved this year. Translation- they will do anything and everything to pass another piece of legislation with or without the support of we the people.
Joe Biden recently stated that he believes the millions of illegals here are already citizens. “You know, 11 million people living in the shadows, I believe they’re already American citizens. Teddy Roosevelt said it better, ‘Americanism is not a question of birth place or creed or a line of descent. It’s a question of principles, idealism and character.’ These people are just waiting; waiting for a chance to contribute fully. And by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already American in my view…”
Well Joe, let me help you out a bit. First of all, there may be 11.7 million illegals, but in spite of spin by the Obama administration on their claims of deporting a record amount, the number of illegal aliens is on the rise. Next, you quoted Theodore Roosevelt. Nice try. While you may have fooled some people into believing that Teddy was all for anyone being granted citizenship, by his full quote it is clear what he believed,
“We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.”
While I realize the full quote may be a little detrimental to your narrative, and perhaps a little long for the attention span of your fans, it’s clear, not only from Theodore Roosevelt, but many of our previous founders, that while all are afforded the opportunity to come to the United States, the expectation is for those who do- to do so legally, integrate and to fully obey our laws and our Constitution.
Those of us who come to the United States the legal way, understand the rule of law, and obey it before we even set foot here. We respect the country before we set foot in it. Once we are here we learn about our Constitutional Republic form of government, those who created it and why. We take our citizenship path very seriously, mean every word as we swear our oath, and loyally abide by it. In your own words Joe, it’s a question of principles, idealism and character. Those of us who work to come here the legal way and work towards citizenship, we know what principles to value and honor, the same which too many in Washington and those who steal the chance to come here don’t seem to know or care about. We know the idealism of what America has stood for, been fought for and is still defended for, from those who have paid a high price to allow people like me to live here freely. The ideal that the United States is the greatest nation on the face of the planet is not lost on those of us who so desire to be citizens and work for years to achieve it – as it is on so many progressives and illegals who constantly bash American pride.
And Character. You dare to bring up quality of character? But then again when the character of our leaders is questionable, it doesn’t surprise me that so many would confuse those who sneak their way into our country, take advantage of all she has to offer while contributing nothing, with people who would be an asset to our society yet who are often turned away.
And as far as shadows go, Joe surely you get the memos about terrorists who come across the wide open southern border. I’d venture to say those are in the shadows, living and pretending to integrate so they can do harm to our country through mass destruction. Dear old Joe, the illegals you refer to aren’t in any shadow! They’re down at the DMV in California, they’re getting signed up for Obamacare, they’re at schools, and they’re using their EBT cards at Walmart all over the nation.
Joe, while you undoubtedly find the character of those ‘in the shadows’ to be exemplary, what would you think about someone who came to the US on a freedom flight with his parents, joined the Army during the Vietnam war, has worked for the government since, and soon to retire? Sounds like a fine character. Only problem is, the government can’t find any record of his citizenship so he’s facing possible deportation. Unfortunately for this Vietnam Vet, his case isn’t so rare either, as many cases of visa/green card/citizenship issues are quite common. And I won’t go into the fact that Eric Holder’s office is threatening a family who tried to apply for asylum in the US with deportation, all because in their home country of Germany, their children will be taken away from them for the high crime of homeschooling. This family saw the freedom that American parents have, to still have a say over their children’s education and wanted the same, and being responsible loving parents, and having vested interest in their own children’s education and development, they would be an asset to our society- but the Obama administration wants them shipped back to Germany.
So Joe, don’t even try to justify your view. Your view is yours and you have a right to it, but your view isn’t the law. Your opinion means little to the millions of us who are going to keep fighting against any path ways, any reference to those who have broken the laws to come here as ‘citizens’- because they are not.
As for the fight, it’s pretty pitiful that we have to fight both parties. According to John McCain, he’ll “fight for amnesty as long as ‘I’m alive and breathing’.” Well John, no one of us knows how many days we have on this earth, but I’ll venture to say, I’m younger than you, and as long as I’m alive and still free to exercise my God given rights to freedom of speech and to petition and redress the government, I’ll be fighting against amnesty.
Now I realize you’re all big establishment, all powerful politicians who have forgotten the meaning of representation and who you are supposed to answer to, but I still have a belief in our Country as Samuel Adams described, “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors; they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle or to be cheated out of them by the artifices on false and designing men.”
The gang of 8 and others in our government have been working with various groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, Unions, La Raza and others who have no concern about the Constitution or America’s sovereignty. Our government and special interest groups have perpetuated the idea that illegals are merely immigrants who desire a better life, and who are we to deny them of that right.
The United States of America is a sovereign nation, a nation of laws which it is our Federal government’s first duty to uphold those laws to defend and protect the citizens of this country, one can hardly claim that all those millions who are here illegally deserve to be given visas or amnesty, when one can’t possibly know whom they swear their allegiance to. Thomas Paine said, “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; Tis dearness only which gives everything its value.”
People like Joe Biden and John McCain might call people like me haters for being passionate when it comes to illegals, but what they don’t care to consider is that those of us who came here worked hard for our citizenship. We earned it; we value it as we value our Constitution, our Country and those who have laid down their lives for it. We understand the price that has been paid by others to leave us freedom found nowhere else- and we are willing to keep fighting to preserve it.