President Obama, and members of Congress,
During the recent State of the Union Address our president asked that we fix our broken immigration system by passing Comprehensive Immigration reform. I am sick and tired of hearing that our immigration system is broken. The only thing that is broken is your resolve to enforce existing immigration law.
I can understand the Democrats reason for this as a majority of those any amnesty would affect will become voting Democrats. However, I hear rumors that the GOP hopes that by possibly supporting such an effort these new Americans might end up becoming registered Republicans. What you so-called conservatives fail to recognize is that if you do indeed support such an effort that you will lose the support of a large number of your base now, who will in all likelihood vote for Tea Party candidates to replace those who supported any form of amnesty proposed by the President.
In 1986 when Ronald Reagan signed into law the Simpson-Mazzoli Act we were promised three things; the government would make a concerted effort to control our nation’s borders, an effective employer verification program would ensure that only legal workers were being hired, and a ONE-TIME amnesty would be granted for people already in this country illegally.
So, either my government is completely inept and cannot handle the job of safeguarding our borders, or it flat out lied to us and had absolutely no intention of ever trying to halt the flow of illegal aliens into our country. Only you people know the truth, but I have my own suspicions which I will keep to myself for now.
But the fact of the matter is that there isn’t a damn thing wrong with our immigration system, the only problem is that the laws already on the books are not being enforced.
But seeing as how you people end up doing whatever the hell you want to, regardless of what a majority of the people you represent think, I have a few conditions I must ask that you agree to before I even begin to consider supporting your call for another amnesty.
Here they are, and these are all non-negotiable:
First, before one single person in this country illegally is pardoned for their crime each and every person who has gone through the proper channels, filed the proper paperwork, and has yet to be granted a visa must be allowed to come to this country. In 2000 I filed all the proper paperwork to bring my wife’s sister in the Philippines to the U.S. Her petition was approved but she has yet to be granted a visa. Each year I call to check the status of her case and all I am told is that it is pending. If you want me to support any form of amnesty for those who entered this country illegally, this pending nonsense must come to an end and all those who went through proper channels be allowed to enter the U.S.
Secondly, before anyone is granted amnesty, you MUST complete a border fence along our southern border, quadruple the number of Border Patrol Agents, and give them complete authority to shoot on sight anyone entering this country illegally.
You accomplish these two things and you will be well on your way to gaining my support for any so-called Comprehensive Immigration reform, which inevitably will include some form of amnesty. But I’m not done yet.
Once it is proclaimed that an amnesty of sorts is available for all those in this country illegally, a one year grace period will commence. Anyone who does not take advantage of this grace period and apply for citizenship will lose the chance and be deported.
Also, commencing on the day these applicants for citizenship file their paperwork, they will be ineligible for any form of taxpayer funded social programs for a period of ten years. During this time they must find, and stay employed, paying into the system for ten years before they become eligible to receive any tax funded benefits.
Next, each applicant for citizenship MUST learn enough English to become a functionally fluent member of society. There will be no more of our having to pander to their inability, or lack of desire to learn OUR common language, which is English. If they fail to learn enough of OUR language to function in society, they will be sent home to wherever it is they came from.
Furthermore, each of these applicants for citizenship, including family members, must abide by our laws whilst living on our soil. If any of them commits a crime, the entire family will have their citizenship status revoked and be sent back to wherever it is they came from. This includes any gang affiliation by their children, DUI convictions, or even domestic disputes calls. In short, they must be exemplary examples of Americans or else they go home.
Finally, each of these new citizens must completely become an American. The current oath of citizenship begins with, “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…”
I am not asking that these people forsake entirely their heritage, but their loyalty MUST be to America first, or we don’t want them here. As former President Woodrow Wilson once stated in an address to newly sworn in citizens, “I certainly would not be the one to even suggest that a man cease to love the home of his birth and the nation of his origin. These things are very sacred and ought not to be put out of our hearts. But it is one thing to love the place where you were born, and it is another to dedicate yourself to the place to which you go. You cannot dedicate yourself to America unless you become in every respect and with every purpose of your will thoroughly Americans. You cannot become thoroughly Americans if you think of yourself in groups. A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American, and a man who goes among you to trade upon your nationality is not worthy to live under the stars and stripes.”
If these people wish to come to this country that had better do so because they love America, not because it is the land of plentiful benefits. And if they come here they better prove, by each and every action they take, that they love this country. This includes them not joining in groups, or supporting activities which are intended to publicly promote their heritage or national history. The ONLY heritage and history they should be concerned with is ours. If they cannot accept this then they have not ‘renounced’ their allegiance to their homeland, and as Woodrow Wilson said, they are not worthy to live under the stars and stripes.
These are my conditions, and as I said, they are non-negotiable. And believe me, were I to pass this around as a petition you would be surprised at how many more of your constituents are in complete agreement with me.
Please take them into consideration before you ask me to support any form of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Thank you for your time and consideration, although as I said, you are going to do whatever you damn well please regardless of what we think.