Count my voice among those who are today marching and asking for a path to citizenship for immigrants in this country. Look, I know they broke the law by coming here (I won’t even get into how suspect it is for countries to set their own laws on immigration and expect citizens of another country to just follow them), but what right do we have to demand that they not enter our borders? For all America is doing wrong, it is still the most free country in the world and the one most able to provide a good life for its inhabitants. How can we expect people to not come to this country if we can offer them such a better life than the one they have in other countries? How can we, and especially myself and other Christians, tell people to not come to us even though we can help them? Since when is the saying on the Statue of Liberty about “bring me your huddled masses…” a epithet without meaning?

Too often we americans forget that our history is, in certain areas, largely one of breaking laws and theft and questionable citizenship. We stole land from the indians and just arbitrarily said it was ours; it’s not like we Americans were the first ones on the scene here. We fought wars to gain our own independence because we believed that America could hold a better life. We welcomed immigrants from Europe from the thousands, laying the groundwork for the America we have today with our rich differing cultures and dialects and traditions. We are not a nation of indigenous peoples. We are a nation built on a history of huddled masses, immigrants, poverty-stricken farmers, religious freedom-seekers, soldiers, land-grabbers, and dreamers.

How can we deny anyone else in this whole world the same thing? Happy May Day, everyone.


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  1. Katie's Dad says:

    When Emma Lazarus rises from the dead and proves she was a founding father, not some PR-Stunt poetry contest winner, then I might have a thimble of compassion for an illegal alien. But probably not then, either. For she was nothing more than a foil for a newspaperman’s quest for profit. No figure in American history is more over-promoted. It’s just sick to base policy that determines who we are, and what sort of fate-in-nation awaits our ancestors, upon that blithering tripe of a poem. Really.

    Being romantically distracted by baseless ideals while deadly serious issues like sovereignty and societal cohesiveness are at stake is the epitome of stupidity.

    Instead, I’m informed by Thomas Jefferson who wrote:“In proportion to their numbers, they will share with us the legislation. They will infuse into it their spirit, warp and bias its direction, and render it a heterogeneous, incoherent, distracted mass.”

    George Washington said, prescriptively: “Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.”

    John Jay wrote, also prescriptively: “I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people — a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.

    “This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence, that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren, united to each other by the strongest ties, should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties.”

    As a Christian, you’d be better served by thinking about the plight of the people these interloping opportunists leave behind; the poverty they exacerbate back home; the broken families; the elderly with no youth to support them in a a community; the tacit support your compassion gives to despots who are relieved to see the departure of those who are most physically able to threaten their corrupt status quo; and, most importantly, the detrimental impact upon the futures of America’s children that such an unprecedented influx surely portends. Do you ever think about that stuff? Or has the romanticism for the “needy other” completely made you blind to the needs and best interests of your own?

    Is it OK if one in five of our residents has no connection to, empathy for or sense of stewardship on behalf of those who fought and bled and died to start this grand experiment? Even if that assures that heritage is erased? And even if the loss of that heritage puts an end to the experiment?

    If so, please send your kids to schools built in the shadow of your new Tower of Babel; but, please, make provisions for mine to go to schools in which english is the only language allowed to be spoken. While you’re at it, give my little girl a place to grow up in which this nation’s sense of Providence is allowed to thrive without being held hostage to the influence of those who would sell it all out on a whim.

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