Cheapened citizenship

In proposed immigration bill, value of joining America plummets

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Just a few years ago, an outraged American people managed to prevent Congress from passing “comprehensive immigration reform” that amounted to amnesty.

But now it’s more likely to pass – not because the legalities or moralities have changed, but because the politics have. Democrats, who see 11 million illegals as potential Democratic voters, hold the White House, the upper house and the upper hand. And Republicans, if they ever want to win another national election, pretty much have to swallow their principles and go along.

Demagoguery has won the day. If you’re against illegal immigration or blanket amnesty for illegals, you’re supposedly anti-immigrant. All immigration is the same, whether legal or not, we’re supposed to believe, and regardless of whether there’s any assimilation involved or any true desire to become American.

Those of us who have been privileged to be involved in naturalization ceremonies – for which legal immigrants study our country and its history and swear their allegiance to it – have seen what a beautiful, moving, meaningful process it is. It provides us with grateful, knowledgeable new Americans, the same way Ellis Island did.

Illegal immigration, meanwhile, manufactures workers, whose identities, allegiances, whereabouts and tax contributions are largely unknown, whose wages are often sent out of the country, and who, to accomplish all this, have jumped the border to cut in front of those who wait patiently in line to come here legally.

By all means, let’s reward that!

Well, it appears we must, as the political momentum seems unstoppable now. Indeed, a bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators is working on a bill.

Perhaps the only thing left to do is to get the best deal we can – a “path to citizenship” or something akin to it that includes as much of a criminal background check as can be done; payment of back taxes, penalties and/or fees; a naturalization-type process of civics instruction and assimilation that includes learning English; and, first and foremost, a securing of the border before anything else goes forward.

A continued failure to secure the borders would simply invite more lawlessness in the future, and make amnesty completely meaningless. And it would continue this country’s reprehensible decades-long devaluation of American citizenship, the most prized in the world – at least outside of America.

A short course in American civics might inspire illegal immigrants to appreciate our system of government better than many of our native-born citizens seem to do.

It’s interesting that President Obama did nothing on immigration in his first four

years, the first two of which he had a compliant Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. But now he’s in a sudden hurry, insisting reform must take place without delay. Perhaps that’s because the 2014 midterm elections are now on the horizon, and he wants Democrats to look heroic.

The debate also does a good job of shifting attention away from the miserable Obama economy, which shrank in the fourth quarter and has only been hit with higher taxes this quarter.

Either way, let’s face it: Reason has lost, and fairness and legality have been drowned in a tidal wave of humanity and electoral politics. Intentional neglect of our borders, greed and political expediency have won the day.

It may well be all we can do to just try to salvage what respect we can for the tottering American experiment – a system of self-governance and the rule of law that, when honored, produces more freedom and prosperity than any yet devised by the mind of man.

If only we would honor it again.

Even in its weakened state, buffeted by a moribund economy and an increasingly slavish devotion to the oppressive hand of big government, America is that shining city on a hill that the world’s tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free still look to.

American citizenship should never have been given away illegally like so much scrap.

Do we think enough of it to stop doing that?

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fedex227
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fedex227 02/02/13 - 11:29 pm
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Funny how the ACES seems to go out of it's way to ...
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avoid any mention of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. As if something so 'vile' and 'obscene' has never taken place in our country's history.

DanK
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DanK 02/03/13 - 03:11 am
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It's all Obam's fault ...

"I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally."

Ooops! That was Ronald Reagan.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/03/13 - 09:13 am
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What Reagan's amnesty

What Reagan's amnesty measure proved is that by giving amnesty without border control, you'll have even more illegals in a decade or so. We have to have a hard border.

deestafford
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deestafford 02/03/13 - 08:55 am
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What is it that makes people think

that there is some right for everyone in the world to be able to come and live here in the USA? There is no such right! Our immigration procedures should be based on one thing and that is only what is right and in the best interest of the country. We should have legal immigration and only those who can provide some positve benefit to the country should be allowed in. By the way, about these requirements of paying back taxes (which won't exists because most did not earn enough to pay taxes), undergoing a background check, and learning english. How long will they have in order to do these things and what happens to them if they don't do these things...say not learning english? Are we going to then round up and deport some "grandmother" who didn't learn english?
As far as President Reagan goes, he was promised by the politicians that the border would be secure and then the amnesty would take place and that never happened. He said it was one of the worst things he ever went along with as well as the raising of taxes based on promises of reducing spending by $2 for every $1 in taxes.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/03/13 - 09:39 am
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my how the left suddenly admires Reagan

and cheap citizenship along with their cheap high-school diplomas... Reagan had a high respect for freedom from government that corresponded with respect for the responsibilities true freedom requires. Reagan wanted a more secure border, also.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/03/13 - 09:57 am
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At one point in our history...
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immigration was based on the percentage of the current citizens of a foreign country. If there were 10% legal citizens from Mexico in the USA, then only 10% could legal come to the USA in any given year. This applied to all FOREIGN countries. A stable mix of cultures was maintained. We believe Mr. LBJ made this change.

But Mr LBJ had powerful friends who put him in office and had a agenda of Global Conquest. We must all be come Global Citizens. This fact was presented, but the sheeple did not hear amidst all of the cries to stop the was, prevent the dominoes from falling, free love and dope.

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill that has dramatically changed the method by which immigrants are admitted to America. This bill is the Immigration Act of 1965. This act, also known as the Hart-Cellar Act [1], not only allows more individuals from third world countries to enter the US (including Asians, who have traditionally been hindered from entering America), but also entails a separate quota for refugees. [2] Under the Act, 170,000 immigrants from the Eastern Hemisphere are granted residency, with no more than 20,000 per country. One hundred twenty thousand immigrants from the Western Hemisphere, with no “national limitations,” are also to be admitted. [3] The significance of this bill was that future immigrants were to be welcomed because of their skills/professions, and not for their countries of origin. Before President Johnson signed this bill, the Senate voted 76 to 18 in favor of this act, with the most opposition votes cast by Southern delegates. The House voted 326 to 69 in favor of the act. [4]

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/03/13 - 10:01 am
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LBJ belonged to the Military Industrial Complex
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Lock, stock, barrel and stetson. LBJ made a "giant step" forward in the Globalization Policy of America. LBJ made his friends very wealthy at the cost of 55K + American lives.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/03/13 - 12:14 pm
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Yep, they hoodwinked Reagan

Yep, they hoodwinked Reagan just like they are going to hoodwink the American public now. Give us amnesty now and we will give you border security later. Give us tax increases now and we will give you spending cuts later. Yea, RIGHT!! The Democrats are the most duplictious ______'s to ever stain the halls of congress.

Darby
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Darby 02/03/13 - 12:39 pm
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"the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. As if....

....something so 'vile' and 'obscene' has never taken place in our country's history."

Fedex227 conveniently fails to mention that the act was, we were told, a one time fix that would never be required again. It was the perfect solution. Unfortunately, it was the drug that created the addiction among progressives for more and more and more.

And it will never end as long as relaxed borders provide more votes for Democrats. That time will almost certainly come, but by then we may have lost control of our destiny.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/03/13 - 12:54 pm
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Sorry To Say,

but reading just today's comments on all the topics, I think we have already lost control of our destiny.

Chigger Hill Man
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Chigger Hill Man 02/03/13 - 01:00 pm
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My Sister in Law is a fairly new citizen from the Philippians...

It took my brother over two years and ten thousand dollars to do it the right way. My Sister in Law still talks of the swearing in service she attended in Charleston a couple of years ago. she talks about how "American" it made her feel to take the oath. Do I think every foreigner who comes to America ought to have some skin in the game? Damn right I do. Maybe then they would feel more "American" too.

burninater
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burninater 02/03/13 - 03:38 pm
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I wonder how many

I wonder how many holier-than-thous did no more to earn their citizenship than have an American daddy knock up their American mommy.

It's like Paris Hilton saying how hard she worked for her wealth.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/03/13 - 07:15 pm
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Do a little research on how

Do a little research on how "easy" it is to gain citizenship in other countries and you will be completely amazed at how low the requirements are in the USA.

burn, a good inheritance is always a blessing and our ancestors paid dearly to give it to us, don't you think?

chascushman
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chascushman 02/03/13 - 07:19 pm
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burninater, that might be
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burninater, that might be the dumbest comment I have seen on the AC.

burninater
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burninater 02/03/13 - 11:42 pm
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Well then chas, tell me. What

Well then chas, tell me. What did natural-born citizens do to earn their citizenship besides being born in the right place? Just calling a plain fact "dumb" doesn't make it so, as much as you may wish that to be.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 02/04/13 - 12:19 am
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Heres food for thought

Being here illegally means that they chose to. There are many legal ways to work in the US. Many of these do not need even visas, providing the immigrants are from either Canada or Mexico. NAFTA has several provisions for workers to work in neighboring countries.

So since they can work here legally, why would they prefer to become criminals? And why would employers take to chance of hiring criminals? The answer is taxes and liability. The illegal immigrants do not want to pay taxes on any money they earn in the US above sales tax. Likewise the employers enjoy having employees that will not complain if they are injured on the job or who they do not have to report for taxation.

They 1986 legislation did nothing but compound the confusion about imigating into the US and our law makers are to blame for not following through with what they promised. They spoke of what should be done and did nothing addressed to the issue. Ignoring the issue has left a hole that criminal elements have filled with ruthless efficiency. Now we have a problem made by and exploited by political hacks who have shown no intrest in solving .Whats needed is a lot less political banter and posturing , this is a problem that can't be solved by a party platform or hiding from facts .

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/04/13 - 12:20 am
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Burn, you make it sound like

Burn, you make it sound like a natural born citizen should have guilt. All citizens of all countries are accepted as natural born citizens . We don't earn our inheritance , but we do appreciate it, honor it and protect it.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 02/04/13 - 09:54 am
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Why do the liberals think
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Why do the liberals think that conservatives should support something just because Reagan did it? Unlike most liberals, we are able to criticize things a conservative did......especially when it was proven to not work.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 02/04/13 - 10:23 am
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How did you earn yours, burn?
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How did you earn your citizenship, burn?

chascushman
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chascushman 02/04/13 - 06:25 pm
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No answer Humble
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No answer Humble

Darby
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Darby 02/05/13 - 11:10 pm
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"I wonder how many holier-than-thous did no more to.....

earn their citizenship than have an American daddy (who was born and raised and pays taxes here) knock up their American mommy (who was born and raised and pays taxes here)."

Think about it burn, maybe you might be a little less inclined to go off half cocked, if you just think about it.

Darby
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Darby 02/05/13 - 11:20 pm
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"Ooops! That was Ronald Reagan."

Ooops, that was also decades ago. The Soviet Union was threatening us with nukes, gasoline was $1.30 a gallon, Osama Bin Laden was a spoiled rich kid in Saudi Arabia and not a soul was whining about global warming.

Things change! Maybe you could adapt.

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