Where did you see this? On the news I saw images of Hispanics (I’m assuming legals joined the illegals in a show of solidarity) waving the U.S. flag and slogans like “America Built By Immigrants.”
Here’s one story
Last weekend, I watched as my state became a symbol of everything that is wrong regarding immigration. I watched as well over half a million legal and illegal Mexicans paraded through the street of Los Angeles; holding up demeaning and anti-American signs, burning American flags, and flying the colors of Mexico as if California were, in fact, the “Mexifornia” as described in an excellent and thought-provoking book by National Review author, Victor Davis Hanson.
After reading this I though back to the first post 9/11 US/Mexico national team soccer match held in Azteca Stadium, Mexico City. The fans ungraciously chanting “Osama, Osama, Osama”, what splendid neighbors. I’m not trying to throw all illegal’s into the ‘dissing America” bucket, but to think they all cross the borders and fill themselves with American pride is fools gold.
And I think that’s where the difference lies with past floods of immigrants. History tells us that the huge waves of immigrants immediately assimilated into melting pot, holding their native heritage secondary to their new found one.
I read this years ago and it’s making the rounds on various talk shows and blogs. It’s a quote by Theodore Roosevelt made in 1919 and sums up my feelings to a tee:
"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes 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 birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...
There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
The fact that so many Mexican flags were being waved in recent protests has become a lightening rod on the talk shows from both sides of the isle. And rightfully so.Are the tougher immigration laws under consideration at the Federal and state levels a good or bad idea?
It’s certainly a good start. I’m not keen on the idea of making it a felon to come here illegally. Those crossing the border already know they’re breaking the law. Making it a felon will probably do little to stem the tide since most speak very little English and I’d assume that most wouldn’t know what a felon is or the implications.
I’m curious if the intent behind making it a felon is the loss of voting privileges which would lessen the potential fallout at the voting booths if the chicken hearted politicians finally get off their cans to enact real change.
I like the idea of a wall on the border, something has to stop the physical flow, making it against the law, felon or not, isn’t affective. However I’d take a different approach: half the cost of the wall would come out of the billions we annually give to Mexico.
I’d take this one step further and make English the official language and similar to Reagans “amnesty” program in the 80’s I’d tie English proficiency into citizenship requirements and/or guest worker programs. A bilingual society is inherently economically inefficient. If we allow entire regions of this country to become predominantly Spanish speaking I could imagine the next step would be annexation from the States (witness the predominantly French speaking province of Quebec attempting to succeed from Canada).