THE VALUE OF AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP
By Kyle Becker
The Supreme Court’s mostly adverse decision on Arizona’s immigration law was stark in the latitude it granted to the federal government to neglect enforcement of immigration and naturalization law. As the case yielded discretion to the executive branch to discern when it is desirable to deport “illegal” immigrants (if there are such persons any longer), we have become less a nation of laws and more a nation of men.
Failing to defend the rights and interests of the citizenry is an inappropriate dereliction of duty on the part of our Supreme Court. Expecting persons to obey the legal process of immigration is not a byproduct of a lack of “empathy,” but a matter of respect for the laws, culture, traditions, and government of the nation.
A century ago, millions of immigrants flocked all over the world to America, the beacon of liberty, through such ports of entry as Ellis Island and San Francisco. The diverse backgrounds of the immigrants, which represented all the historically quarrelsome nations of Europe, as well as far-fledged corners of the world from Africa to Asia, blended into American society, learned the language without complaint, and got to work without expecting a government handout.
The result? America became stronger because of the contribution of immigrants to the society, culture, and economy. Now, the Democrat Party is trying to turn immigrants into yet another victim group, whose grievances are to be harnessed for yet more economic and political control.
Over the course of the twentieth century, immigrants were largely grateful to make it to America, where they could seek refuge from overly domineering and dysfunctional societies. What made the country exceptional is what also made it desirable: liberty.
And second- and third-generation sons and daughters of immigrants were well aware of the value of American citizenship. They had heard the horror stories of their German, East European, and Asian parents and grandparents and were among the most patriotic of Americans.
Every Independence Day, one could count on immigrants speaking broken English to proudly fly their bright red, white, and blue flags, to belt out the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner by heart, and to blow a wad of cash on spectacular fireworks. Now the Fourth of July has become just another day on the calendar when Americans don’t have to work, and it is barely more revered in the culture than May 1st, Labor Day, or Earth Day.
Whereas immigrants used to cry out of pride and gratitude at citizenship ceremonies, immigrants are now virtually made to cry from believing that most of the country hates them, seeks to oppress them, and will probably deport them by stealth of night if they don’t vote Democrat.
The president has been shy displaying his supposed pride in the nation. Proclaiming his desire to “fundamentally transform” the country, declaring himself a “citizen of the world,” failing to salute the flag at public ceremonies, bowing overseas to foreign heads of state, and alienating our historical allies are all signs that point to someone who has more than a slight grudge against the nation. >>> read more