A business opened a few miles from my home, in an area with a large Hispanic population. The first word of the name of the business is “Mexico” displayed on a sign in big, bold capital letters. One would imagine that this limits the pool of prospective customers, but perhaps not. Instead, we should expect to see a lot more signs like this as immigration policy works to divide up our society with Obama-style cultural pluralism, which is preventing assimilation and leading us to the worst of outcomes, cultural appropriation from a minority population we created.
Obama-Style Cultural Pluralism Must Fail
The president’s immigration fixes are not going to work, no matter how much support and how many sympathizers the White House assembles to shore up shaky policies that resolve nothing. Immigration policy under Barack Obama is based on a bet that the president will keep his job and Democrats will retake Washington in November. If the president loses that bet everything can change, including the option of immunity for 800,000 illegals (see: Americans Are the Ones Owed Jobs This Summer).
In the meantime, Obama immigration policy implies cultural pluralism but it continues to ignore the differences between legal and illegal immigrants. Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Munoz added religion to the mix as she confused welcoming new immigrants with tolerating illegals while supporting the president’s new deferred action order:
Many faiths have a strong history of welcoming newcomers, a tradition that is embedded in the founding values of the United States. We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants – a place for people from all walks of life to come together to pursue common hopes, shared values, and the American Dream.¹
Non-enforcement and outright grants of immunity from deportation will not make the presence of illegals acceptable any more than recreating Mexico in the U.S. will encourage assimilation into our society. America welcomes newcomers. We reject lawbreakers. Obama administration permissiveness has encouraged all manner of lawbreaking by illegals, including maintaining false American identities that grant access to everything the U.S. has to offer. This is where our uniquely American brand of cultural appropriation shows its ugly face.
White House Immigration Policy Forces Cultural Appropriation
The explosive growth of America’s illegal population has brought us millions of residents who have no legitimate place in our society and no choice but to resort to lawbreaking to stay here. The president has helped to make certain that illegals will never be accepted or assimilated by creating their netherworld, a place where threats of deportation are removed but the other essential to a life in America, legal status that confers the right to work, is denied.
Coming to America and breaking the law to enjoy the benefits of your new country is not a prelude to pluralism or assimilation. It creates a perverse form of cultural appropriation by a minority culture forced to act like Americans while knowing they will likely never be Americans. The flow of illegals across the border dropped off as our bad economy plodded along and opportunities for work dried up, but for those already here cultural appropriation governs lives based on fraud. American citizens understand this. What about the president?
Does Obama Understand Why His Immigration Policy Makes Americans Angry?
How do we justify policies that tell illegals they can stay in America, but can’t work here legally? Homeland Security complains about a shortage of enforcement resources (see: Is the Homeland Security Enforcement Problem Caused by Resources, or Obama?) but White House immigration policy encourages crimes like identity theft and employment fraud. The president’s order offering immunity makes the situation worse because it offers hope to those not among the chosen 800,000, incentivizing behavior that taxpayers are shelling out money to prevent.
Reversing concessions we have made and eliminating false hopes encouraged by White House immigration policy will cause big problems, from civil unrest to legislative meltdown. Anyone who believes for a second that the president did not knowingly put us in a position we will never get out of needs to screw their head on straight. Is anyone in Congress questioning why Democratic immigration bills call for illegals to learn English, when all the arguments for immigrants contributing to our society tell us they should already be speaking our language?
Obama immigration policy has created a bizarre form of cultural appropriation. Illegals are being encouraged to partake in the wealth and benefits of a society they are not a legitimate part of, and to adopt the aspects of our culture necessary for them to get by while they mimic being Americans. America may be the economic home of millions of illegals, but while they clamor for legal status the country they consider to be their real home will remain the same.