When someone from another country decides to move to America for work, it’s usually because they see more opportunity and higher wages. Because most countries’ economy isn’t as strong as ours, and in spite of the current Budget “Crisis”, America is still the land of opportunity.
Should we expect every immigrant who moves here to be “loyal” to America? Should we assume every immigrant wants to become an American citizen? Do we submit allegiance to other countries when we go there for work? Do they expect us to convert and disavow allegiance to America? Of course not.
We must remember that our country doesn’t require someone to be a citizen to participate in our economy. Simply, we just ask that everyone living here is documented…with a green card or worker’s visa. Because someone is NOT a citizen doesn’t exactly mean they are illegal, and how we position ourselves on this topic is critical to the expansion of the Republican Party.
Here’s an excerpt from the 2010 Republican Party Platform…let me know what you think about it…
Legal Immigration – One nation, one flag, one language, one loyalty;
America is a country of immigrants, we should insist that any immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an
American and assimilates himself/herself to the United States. He/she shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else. This is predicated upon the fact that the person is in every facet an American, and nothing but an American.
There can be no divided allegiance. Anyone who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t American at all. We have room but for one flag, the American Flag. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language. We have room for but one sole loyalty and that is loyalty to the American people. (Teddy Roosevelt, 1907)
Illegal Immigration – Secure the Borders Now.
With growing impatience the American people in overwhelming numbers have asked our Government to secure our
borders. They now demand it and we as a party agree with the American people. Illegal aliens have by definition violated U.S. law.
We oppose illegal immigration, amnesty in any form leading to citizenship, or legal status for illegal immigrants. We
support an end to the “catch and release” policy; criminal penalties and aggressive enforcement for those who knowingly employ illegal workers; expeditious hearings on deporting non-violent illegal immigrants; amending the U.S. constitution to suspend automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants; elimination of federal and state funding to cities with “sanctuary” laws; empowering state and local law enforcement agencies with authority and resources to detain illegal immigrants; rejection of non-verifiable foreign-issued cards as valid identification; strict prosecution of any entity involved in phony identification documents; elimination of day labor work centers; elimination of laws requiring hospitals to give non-emergency care to illegal’s; elimination of social security benefits or federal and state funding to illegal’s for education, housing or business loans; preventing any foreign entity from using our judicial system to enter the United States; document verification prior to issuance of a Texas drivers license; withholding federal highway funds from any state issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens; and aggressive prosecution of persons smuggling humans across our borders. We support requiring all employers to utilize E-verify system to confirm the legal status of all new hires.
Enforcement of Immigration Law – We support strict and immediate enforcement of all immigration laws.
Birthright Citizenship – We call on the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of these United States to clarify
Section 1 of the 14th amendment to limit citizenship by birth to those born to a citizen of the United States: with no