Why I Oppose Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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By Lynn Woolley

This column was written on May 24, 2013.

Any American who believes that our country is exceptional and has stood as a beacon of freedom for more than 225 years should oppose “comprehensive immigration reform.” It’s true that our immigration system is broken and needs reform. But our system of assimilation is a shambles. We must fix it first.

“Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” has given way to “si se puede.”

The old model, put forth in 1894 by President Theodore Roosevelt, held that the tired and the poor from other countries come to the United States for a new life – a better life. The new model is different. The tired and the poor now march in the streets of Los Angeles and Dallas making demands in their native language while waving the flag of a country they are clearly still loyal to. Lowes-spanish-4

No one has ever been asked to repudiate his heritage to become an American citizen, but there once was a time when old loyalties were set aside. The Melting Pot has become a joke. Today’s immigrants – especially those who enter the county illegally or overstay visas – often make little pretense of adopting the language and culture of the United States.

As with so many problems in America today, the roots of this lack of assimilation can be traced back to liberal thought. Progressives believe that it is unfair to put American culture ahead of any other. That’s what President Obama thinks. In 2009, he said, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

President Obama is also an academic – and that’s likely the source of this nonsense. Stanley Kurtz, writing in the National Review, says that from the late 1960s, academia has promoted a multiculturalism “hostile to everything Teddy Roosevelt stood for.” That viewpoint is now firmly entrenched in schools from pre-K through grad school. From our universities, it has spread like a cancer.

Corporations – sometimes to avoid lawsuits – have diversity offices. Universities have departments of inclusion. And, of course, our national motto “E Pluribus Unum” is now “our strength is our diversity.” If you don’t read Latin, the change is essentially from “we are one people” to “we are very different people.” College professors, almost to the person, believe this. Worse yet, they teach it.

Meanwhile, in our local schools, we have adopted a dual-language teaching system. That means we teach our children in English and whatever language they speak at home (usually Spanish) and we do it at taxpayer expense and by force of law. Government further harms the cause of assimilation by forcing multiple languages into the voting booth.

Many of our schools share President Obama’s view that America is not exceptional. The controversial curriculum software C-SCOPE was criticized for teaching, among other things, that those who participated in the Boston Tea Party were terrorists. So we reap what we sow.

Consider the Tsarnaev bothers that blew up the Boston Marathon in April. These young men attended American schools and Dzhokhar received his American citizenship on September 11, 2012. And yet, they hated America. You have to wonder what they were taught – especially in college where so many professors work to de-assimilate their students.

All this leads to one conclusion. Before we fix immigration, we need to fix assimilation. Government could start the process with English-only ballots and English immersion in schools. A little dose of “American exceptionalism” in civics class wouldn’t hurt either. We are making people citizens, but we are not making them into Americans.

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  1. jeffparker says:

    When a foreigner becomes a citizen they must renounce their former allegiances to their former country. Of course, there is no guarantee that any person is being honest when they swear allegiance to this country, even those who have the good fortune of being born here.

    Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America:

    “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”


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