A few months ago we were subjected to the sight of millions of illegal aliens protesting for the granting of that which they haven’t earned, an idea that all good Wobblies and fellow-travelers encouraged actual citizens to endorse.
It was quite an event. Michael Graham, among other bomb-throwers on the right, asked (with some measure of validity, in fact) how it was we weren’t arresting rather than televising their antics. Meanwhile, President Bush favors a guest-worker solution, while others throw up their hands and support amnesty as the only reasonable solution . . . and then there are those that just muddy the issue with meaningless doubletalk.
As an American citizen, born in this country (and the son of a naturalized parent who went through the proper process to become one) I have this annoying tendency to believe that my citizenship is worth something. Immigrant support groups love to toss around the We are all immigrants straw man; how true, except for descendants of slaves, native Americans, and people who are born here, but that’s not the point either.
By emigrating to the United States and choosing to raise their right hands and pledge allegiance, forswearing any other nation in favor of our own, previous generations (including my mother) acknowledged that they wished to become Americans. People do that every day in this country: people of every race, creed and color, people from every other continent (well, perhaps not Antarctica. . .) take the oath of allegiance. Good for them. America is a greater country because of it. Should we allow more people to do so? Should we make it easier? Probably yes to both questions. But to surrender to mob mentality and grant amnesty to 12 million plus merely invites another wave, and another amnesty. We did it once in 1986. Will we do it again in 2026? Or 2016? Or sooner?
At least one group doesn’t believe we should do it at all. You Don’t Speak For Me states their position with accuracy and clarity:
We are Americans of Hispanic heritage who believe in America. We believe in the governmental institutions and laws that make this country the greatest in the world. It is because of this strong belief in the principles of freedom, individual liberties, the rule of law, and democracy that we formed You Don’t Speak for Me!: American Hispanic Voices Speaking Out Against Illegal Immigration.
Their principles, they say, are simple:
- All immigration should be legal
- Illegal aliens from any country should never be rewarded with benefits or privileges
- No amnesty – no way!
- Secure our borders now and fully enforce immigration laws
- Learn and speak English
These are not armchair liberals, gun totin’ isolationists, right wing bomb throwers, racists or race pimps. These are Americans of Hispanic ancestry who prize their citizenship as I do. They do not have a national platform or a huge membership, but they do have a clear and concise set of beliefs, a coherent message, and a respect and reverence for their status as American citizens. Go visit their site and read some of the testimonials and see if you don’t agree.