Yes, we are definitely a nation of immigrants, and there is not a citizen in this country who does not have family roots planted somewhere else in the world. In fact, even Native Americans descended from nomadic people who followed ice sheets across narrow expanses of ocean to get here.
However, since this unique government of ours was established, there has been an orderly process for coming to this country, and once here you were rightly called an immigrant, but more importantly you were proud to be called an American. Today, the orderly process is more important than it was in the beginning. There are no longer vast stretches of unexplored and unclaimed territories. There are powerful enemies who wish nothing but evil upon our land and our people.
Around the globe, people complete endless mountains of paperwork and jump through countless bureaucratic hoops for the privilege of joining our proud history of immigration and U.S. Citizenship. These are law abiding people, who yearn to come to a nation founded on principles of law, which makes our government operate for the benefit of the people. That is important to note, because this is a place where the function of government is performed by the people.
What we are facing today, from our Southern border, is not a flood of immigrants; rather, it is a hoard of invaders. Now we see that they are massing in the streets of our major cities by the hundreds of thousands or even millions, and threatening to shut down commerce and gridlock the flow of traffic unless our government gives in to their demands. Every citizen in this country, no matter where their ancestors came from had better wake up and snap out of the decades old stupor we have been living under.
We can surely understand why most of these people want to come, and we can absolutely empathize with their desire. But those people, who are not here legally, do not deserve to be called immigrant. They are illegal aliens, and they have invaded a sovereign nation, butting in line in front of thousands who have set out to immigrate legally and according to our laws.
Those who have set out to organize these massive illegal immigrant protests are, in my opinion, no better than the coyotes that prey on Mexican and Central American families, taking their few precious resources as they promise to smuggle them across our border.
Here is one statement, quoted from a (Reuters) news article about the May 1st boycott and protest marches that have been organized by illegal immigrant activists.
"This is going to be really big. We're going to have millions of people," said Juan Jose Gutierrez, director of the Latino Movement USA. "We are not concerned at all. We believe it's possible for Congress to get the message that the time to act is now."
These people are drawn to our country because conditions and opportunities are lacking in their own country, Mexico. I don’t know about you, but I cannot help but wonder why there are not millions of Mexican citizens, marching and boycotting in Mexico. They should be demanding changes in Mexico, their own homeland, rather than here where they have no legal or ethical standing.
It is simply too easy to sneak into the United States, and the consequences of doing so are virtually non-existent. The word immigrant is perverted when it is used to describe illegal invaders, and that is particularly abusive to those who have followed and honored our laws, no matter how difficult the process.
Many of us personally know, or have friends and relatives who know families that have migrated here illegally. Most of these people are good, honest, and hard working. They cannot be blamed for seeking a better life, and many of them now have children who have automatically become citizens due to the location of their birth.
I don’t want to see some kind of national witch-hunt, where we stuff illegal aliens into miles of rail cars, heading for the border. That just doesn’t make any moral or logistical sense. But I do believe that we can be righteously indignant when we see hoards of illegal aliens marching and demanding that we succumb to their wishes, as if they are some kind of conquering army. America has never taken kindly to aggressors, here or abroad.
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