First Principles: Immigration Includes A Reasonable Expectation of Assimilation

“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures and laws: in a word, soon become one people.” — George Washington (1794)

Now, no one is saying that heritages of all sorts aren’t welcome and it’s not prejudicial but really just commonsense.  If we wish to maintain the values of our republic, we must expect those who immigrate here to abide by our laws and accept our cultures as we accept theirs.

I confess that I am lost as to how half of my nation suddenly does not understand the difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration. No.  Not all immigration is equal and the same regardless of circumstances.  That’s beyond being naïve.  What’s all the more interesting to me is that those who bray that all immigration must be acceptable seemingly have no problem that as far as I know all other nations in the world have immigration laws as well.

Go ahead try to immigrate to Mexico illegally.  Last I heard that results in being thrown in some jail with common criminals and almost no rights.  Go ahead and try to immigrate by simply stepping over the border into almost any nation in the world and watch how fast you learn that the US laws are extraordinarily less stringent and not quite as harsh as one might imagine.

I love my nation.  Sure it has made historical mistakes.  Show me a nation that doesn’t have that issue?

I am an international mutt of all sorts of cultural, ethnic and heritage backgrounds.  To those who try to paint expecting reasonable assimilation as a bad thing or even racist or what have you, I borrow an old English expression. Poppycock!!  Boulderdash to name another.  It’s just pure nonsense.  If you don’t believe in the rule of law and don’t accept our American heritage and traditions including that of the ability to change over time … I’m not sure this is the country for you.

When I consider the many issues that being protested and the history of the world, I am hard pressed to find a nation that has done better.  Show me it, please?

Slavery?  Well that ended.  Thank God!! and.. No thanks to the Democrats!!  But, wait is it over?  No.  look around you  all you judgmental folks.. there is slavery all over the world today.  In fact, there are more slaves today than ever before.  Where do they mostly exist?  Africa and the Middle East and other Muslim nations.

So, when you want to talk to me about slavery that some of my family were true victims of and others of my ancestors fought against to free people they did not even know, I think you have another thing coming.  How about we deal with the slavery of today? It seems to me that’s the meaningful place to start instead of pointing fingers at cultural norms that once existed and were fought against and humanity prevailed.  What do you think?

 

About alohapromisesforever

Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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