Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Few More Thougths On Immigration

This afternoon at work I overheard a conversation that made me smile. One of my co-workers was discussing illegal aliens with another co-worker who happens to be a former illegal alien that received amnesty under the Immigration Reform and Control Act during the Reagan administration. I, myself, have had numerous discussions with this individual and I have to tell you that he is still an illegal alien at heart. He displays no loyalty to the United States, and is nothing but a parasite who is taking advantage of the benefits this country has to offer, while showing no allegiance to it. After hearing those two go at each other I decided that it was time I do another piece concerning immigration.

As fortune would have it, I had read an interesting article in my local paper on citizenship, and had also received an interesting e-mail that ties in nicely with the subject as well.

According to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service webpage, "Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

The general requirements for administrative naturalization include:

-a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States;
-residence in a particular USCIS District prior to filing;
-an ability to read, write, and speak English;
-a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government;
-good moral character;
-attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; and, favorable disposition toward the United States.

Yet in my local paper, the article I read stated that, (the name and location have been deleted as they are not important), "______ a ________ resident since 1992, does not speak English and can't read or write in English or Punjabi, his native language.

But after learning to recognize every possible written and verbal question in the citizenship test, and to memorize the correct answers-a feat that has taken him two years to accomplish-he has successfully reached his goal."

This plainly shows that this gentleman does not meet at least two of the requirements for becoming a citizen, he cannot communicate in English, and he does not have a knowledge and general understanding of U.S. history and government. One can only wonder if he has an attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.

How could the immigrations official who performed this persons interview not see that he had memorized his answers and was repeating them by rote? That is not what I consider having an understanding of U.S. history and government.

My wife is a naturalized citizen and she had to, not only answer simple questions about our government but, provide, in her own words, basic explanations concerning the various branches of our government.

I am not picking on this gentleman in particular, as I am sure that there are literally thousands of people who become naturalized citizens who are not required to have even the most rudimentary understanding of how our system of government is supposed to work, (Sadly, the same could be said about most of our high school graduates). Yet these people now have the right to vote without the understanding of what the Constitution says about the duties and responsibilities of those for whom they vote. Am I the only one who finds something wrong with this?

It is not only that this gentleman, and many others as well, are not expected to learn the principles of our system of government that bothers me. It is the fact that they are not expected to learn enough basic English so that they can, if not assimilate, at least function in society. We are complicit in this due to the politically correct belief that we should provide forms and handbooks for them in their native tongue. Just as an example, California provides the DMV handbook in Punjabi, as well as Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese. In doing this we display a serious lack of common sense due to the fact that we desire to keep our nation fragmented into communities that cannot communicate with each other, and fund it with our own tax dollars.

With the inability of so many of these naturalized citizens to speak English, it makes one wonder if they understand the meaning of the oath of citizenship, which states, “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

Those words define the difference between the immigrants that came to our country throughout our nations history, and those who come today. Not only that, if this is how little we demand of immigrants who come to this country legally and go through the process of becoming citizens, what about those who chose to violate our nations laws and enter this country illegally?

It is my opinion that a majority of the illegal aliens that come to this country are bloodsucking parasites in the truest sense of the word. They have no allegiance whatsoever for this country and have no respect for those who live here, or our laws. They come solely to partake of the benefits this country has to offer, and care not for whom, or what they hurt along the way. They are parasites and we are the host. As long as we can provide those things that they are seeking, they will continue to come and continue to be a drain upon our country.

Judicial Watch posted a short article about illegal immigrants returning to Mexico due to tough economic times and deportations because of tougher enforcement of immigration law. The following are two passages from that article.

“It turns out that enough illegal immigrants have either fled the U.S. or been deported that officials in the Mexican state of Sonora, which shares an extensive border with Arizona, have complained that too many of their fellow countrymen have returned. They miss the remittances sent from the U.S. as well as smaller class sizes in local schools.”

“One baffled Mexican legislator, Leticia Amparano Gamez, asked in Spanish “how can they pass a law like this?” She went on to explain that Mexico is not prepared for the “tremendous problems” it will face as more and more Mexicans working in Arizona and sending money to their families return to hometowns in Sonora without jobs. Another member of the Mexican delegation, Representative Florencio Diaz Armenta, asked “what do we do with the repatriated?”

That article infuriated me. Mexico misses the remittances sent back to their country by those whom they could not provide for within their own borders. That alone proves that the only thing they want from this country is our money or the benefits that we provide. We should put a 50% tax on all remaining wire transfers to Mexico as well. We may just see more people deciding to return home of their own volition when they find it is just not worth it to come here any more.

Then there is the fact that Mexican legislators are at a loss as to how to deal with these people who are returning without jobs. It just breaks my heart that Mexico is going to have to take care of their own people instead of allowing them to be leeches, draining benefits from the United States. They ask what are they going to do with the repatriated, and I say, I don't care as long as they are not our countries problem any more.

That may sound cruel but America is not capable to be the safety net for countries which cannot give their citizens the same opportunities and benefits that we do. Our roads are overcrowded as are our classrooms, water and electricity usage are on the rise without the ability to keep up with demand, and food supplies are dwindling, especially due to the devastating weather that has destroyed much of this years crops.

I say it is well past time that America grew a backbone and declared that we need to take care of America, and Americans first. If people feel bad for all those across the globe that are suffering, then they should find a charitable organization and donate their money for the support of these people. However, don't place that burden upon my shoulders, especially when it means that my own welfare is at stake.

Immigrants, whether they be legal, or illegal, are not expected to show true allegiance to this country. We are at fault for that for not requiring that they do. However, what do we expect when a good percentage of the people of this country no longer understand what it means to have true allegiance to your own country? But that is a subject for another paper...


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tchoden said...

GEE how can you called them blood sucking parasite, esp when its your government who's issuing the Green Card.
On everywebsite you go, there's this aid 'Come to USA, win a greencard' etc sort of crab, as if people are interested to come. Anyways for every penny paid by your business firms, these 'blood sucking parasite' as you call them, offers their blood, sweat and tears.
I would say that the issue is not outsider coming in, but you government not having a strong immegration policy and not having enough gutts to implement them.