Words from the founding fathers – 5.13.10
Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 3:04 pm
By: Nathan Castleman, Guest Columnist
Thomas Jefferson said, “The first consideration in immigration is the welfare of the receiving nation. In a new government based on principles unfamiliar to the rest of the world and resting on the sentiments of the people themselves, the influx of a large number of new immigrants unaccustomed to the government of a free society could be detrimental to that society. Immigration, therefore, must be approached carefully and cautiously.”
Most of us are products of immigrants. We owe our very lives to the opportunity afforded to our ancestors to enter the United States of America. No doubt some of our ancestors may have had shady backgrounds. But hopefully they all entered this country legally.
Being the greatest country in the world, which offers such opportunity, we do have to be careful who and even how many people we allow to enter and become citizens.
There is a process. It may not be perfect and parts be outdated, but it is the law of the land. In being the law, it should be obeyed and enforced until changes are made. Yes, there should be a way for workers to come in, yet be screened and held accountable.
The process of citizenship needs to be stream lined, yet comprehensive. But where are those who have vowed to protect us? Secure the boarder first and foremost!
With that in mind, Arizona is only trying to protect its citizens, properties, and freedoms. I dare say any of the people complaining would be willing to go live on the boarder.
Would you like to raise your family in an area that has drug runners, illegals with assault rifles, kidnapping and human trafficking? I say let the people of Arizona decide what is best for them. Down on the ranches and city streets of Arizona, 70 percent of likely voters strongly favor the tough new law.
Which now, with the fixes, prohibits any type of racial profiling. By the way, 61 percent of Americans support Arizona’s effort to keeps their communities safe.
The federal government has the responsibility to secure the boarder, but they have not done their job. Republican and Democratic administrations and Congress have not performed their responsibility in protecting us in this national security problem. Instead lately they have only made matter sworse by putting down Arizona and misrepresenting the new law.
When the President makes statements like, “Now, suddenly, if you (Hispanic) don’t have your papers, and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to get harassed — that’s something that could potentially happen.” He went on to say that the law was “poorly conceived.” Well at least they weren’t so impotent that they couldn’t conceive a law.
All this rhetoric has only stirred up emotions from students and school administrators to people in the streets. I think our leaders would serve us better by trying to calm everyone and then by doing their jobs instead of hoping to secure the liberal and Hispanic vote.
All the people in these border states (and the rest of us) want is to be secure and for aliens to come into the USA legally. I don’t mind them coming and working legally. I don’t mind them becoming a citizen legally.
But I don’t agree with companies employing illegals, and I don’t want the 12 million illegal aliens to receive amnesty.
In 1986 President Reagan signed the the Simpson-Mazzoli Immigration Act that was supposed to control our border, provide a feasible guest-worker program, set a tough policy on employers who employed illegals, and give amnesty to the estimated 300,000 illegal aliens here. Guess what, the total number amnestied was three million.
I must hand it to the Tennessee Senate for approving a bill that would require people who register to vote provide some form of proof of citizenship.
Among the acceptable forms of citizenship proof are driver’s licenses, birth certificates, passports, naturalization documents or other proof spelled out in federal immigration law.
I know many will start crying foul, profiling, or their favorite – racism. It’s time we begin to think about our citizens, our families and our country first for a change. Ever heard of reverse discrimination?
I don’t mind people coming to enjoy the life that the USA has to offer, but we do need to be careful who we allow to come in and under what circumstances.
As George Washington said, “The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions, who we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, IF BY DECENCY AND PROPRIETY OF CONDUCT THEY APPEAR TO MERIT THE ENJOYMENT.”
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