America has succeeded as a melting pot, assimilating the world’s diversity into American culture. Of course, liberals aren’t concerned with whether or not a policy is successful; feelings are apparently more important.
There was once a time when all immigrants strove to be Americanized; they came here because they wanted to be a part of our culture, to live the American Dream.
Apparently, that’s no longer the case, and we have to cater to them.
Under the Obama administration’s expansive interpretation of executive authority, legal immigrants seeking citizenship through the nation’s Naturalization process are now exempt from a key part of the Oath of Allegiance.Immigrants seeking to become citizens no longer have to pledge to “bear arms on behalf of the United States.” They can opt out of that part of the Oath. Nor do they have to cite any specific religious belief that forbids them to perform military service. According to the Naturalization Fact Sheet on the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website, In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, the nation welcomed 729,995 Legal Permanent Residents into full citizenship.
- Over the past decade 6.6 million have been naturalized through a process that ends with the Oath of Allegiance.
- In the decade 1980-1990, the average number completing Naturalization was only 220,000 annually, but from 1990 to 2000 that number jumped to over 500,000 annually.
- 1,050,399 new citizens were welcomed in the year 2008.
- 18.7 million immigrants are eligible to eventually become citizens, and 8.8 million already meet the 5-year residency requirement.
The pledge to help defend America was good enough for the 6.6 million immigrants naturalized since 2005 and good enough for the over 15 million naturalized since 1980, but Obama’s appointees at the USCIS think that is too much to ask of the 18.7 million estimated legal immigrants eligible today for eventual naturalization or the 750,000 who will be naturalized in the coming year.
This is what “common sense” immigration reform looks like in Obama’s America. He’ll defend those here illegally, and even those here legally need not have any attachment to American culture and our way of life.
First there was “common sense” gun control, and now there’s “common sense” immigration reform. I’m starting to think these people wouldn’t know what common sense was if it slapped them in the face.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]