Citizenship will be the biggest immigration fraud yet if Democrats strike a bargain with sellout Republicans. When the president talked about living up to responsibilities and restoring opportunity for everyone in yesterday’s weekly address, who do you think he was talking about? Not the long-term unemployed. We washed our hands of them long ago. If we really cared about unemployed citizens we wouldn’t be thinking about flooding the economy with cheap labor by legalizing the underground job market and boosting the minimum wage.
Citizenship is a fraud?
Do you wonder who Democrats mean when they use the word “American”? They swapped “immigrant” for “illegal immigrant” long ago, then the propaganda shifted to immigrants being Americans except for one small detail: citizenship. Despite anything we are being told, the only way an immigration bill is going to pass muster is if citizenship is included and citizenship means amnesty.
Ellis Island is now a museum. We have made a mess of things since it closed its doors in 1954. That doesn’t stop politicians like Illinois’ Luis Gutierrez from talking about the history of legal immigration to confuse what’s right with the immigration fraud Democrats are planning:
Turning immigrants into American citizens over time has been the tradition in the U.S. and it has worked very, very well for more than 200 years. If you are a citizen, you are “all-in.” You have all the rights, but just as important, all the obligations and responsibilities we share as citizens. I want immigrants incorporated and integrated into our society and citizenship is a part of that process.¹
You can forget about obligations and responsibilities. This has become an argument about rights and entitlement. The president talked about citizenship making our union strong in last week’s State of the Union address. Did he mean unions? Whether the choice is amnesty or legalization, we are talking about cutting the heart out of American citizenship not because we are opening our doors, but because politicking has become the reason citizenship matters.
We used to depend on the Republican Party to oppose this kind of abuse. This time we can’t be sure. Will the GOP buy in or sell out?
Republicans buy in to a conservative immigration fraud.
You can bet we are in trouble when the first sentence of the GOP’s new immigration screed steals a favorite Democratic slur about our broken immigration system. Border security, enforcement, visa tracking, employment verification, and all the other trappings of the laws Washington refuses to enforce are on the table. None of the Republican standards for reform call for a sweeping immigration juggernaut any more than Washington has any intention of doing its job, with or without a bill.
Our government can’t pull this one off and Republicans know it. When party members talk about immigration and America’s national interests, they are getting ready to wave the flag of surrender.
Citizenship for illegal immigrants is impossible.
Whatever cure for Washington’s incompetence we agree on, real citizenship for illegal immigrants is impossible. They are always going to be illegals who gamed the system and got away with it. Calling them Americans is not going to change that.
After a reform bill is passed, the next bill will prevent discrimination against newly-legalized immigrants. The bill after that will cancel any waiting period and grant immediate citizenship so we don’t have a country with eleven million outcasts.
Americans are going to find out too late that changing immigration laws won’t put unemployed Americans back to work, won’t restore prosperity, won’t prevent illegal border crossings, won’t help Washington keep track of visas, and won’t do any of the other things we were promised, either. Despite the anger and resentment when the country finds out it has been had there will be no going back, especially for Republicans who decide to throw in on this historic government fraud.