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Welcome to the United States of America
Very proud words when I heard those in my ears for the first time during my citizenship ceremony in AZ. I was now part of the country whose pride in their flag and patriotism was renowned through-out the world. The country where “don’t tread on me” was a part of each and every American long before the tea party adopted it as their logo. A country where I always wanted to belong; and be a part of and now I was a part of it, a dream comes true.
I am an American of Canadian and German decent. My parents were both born in Germany and grew up during WWII. My younger brother and I were born in Canada in a city named Hamilton which is a port city on Lake Ontario. My parents divorced when I was two years old and my father moved to Windsor which is right across the Detroit River from Detroit City one of the largest American cities at the time.
Anyways growing up as a kid my brother and I would visit my father over the summer holidays and that was always my most fun thing to do, because I was closer to the USA and that made me feel some comfort, strange as it may sound. My brother and I would often spend our summers around my father’s pool listening to sounds of Motown and old rock as we grew up.
However, Windsor wasn’t the only place I was exposed to American culture; I also grew up with it in school. Canadian schools not only taught Canadian history in the 1960’s but we also learned about our Southern neighbor’s history as well. Often my teacher would roll a TV in the classroom when some significant event was occurring in the US and we would watch history as it happened.
Some of the events were Apollo 11, 13 and Neil Armstrong’s famous walk on the moon or prior to that the Cuban missile crisis and John F. Kennedy’s assassination to name a few of the things I witnessed on live TV. And of course I learned about American history from watching movies starring John Wayne and other famous actors.
Now the dream has come true and I am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America.
There’s something though that has me upset and possibly some other legal immigrants to the USA, and that’s the current illegal Mexican crisis. I call it that because it is the true nature of the issue and not because I’m a racist although if when reading this you care to label me a racist then by all means “what ever floats your boat”. It seems every-time an article is written that opposes something a group of people has done it is labelled as racist or the writer is in any case.
For the record I moved to Arizona when I became a part of the USA legally through work visas sponsored by Honeywell because of my unique skill set as a Senior Technical Illustrator.
This is not a problem of a few hundred people that have crossed the Rio Grand into the USA. This is upwards 20 million illegal Mexicans about the entire population of Ohio. My State recently initiated a new law on the books called SB 1070 which I support wholeheartedly. The bill was once and for all going to take care of the illegal immigration issue coming from Mexico; but is now being held up by the President of the United States who is suing the State of Arizona because of the bill. I believe he is wrong as do millions of other Americans. Mexican illegals are a strain on our social benefits, on our medical system, and are a large part of the crime rate and major contributors to the drug trafficking business from Mexico.
Violent crimes are also up because of Mexican illegals with many police officers and drug enforcement officers being killed in dealing with them. We have home invasions and carjackings committed by Mexican illegals and sexual crimes as well.
Before I get going further into my article let me post a piece “Amendment XIV, Section 1, all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of the law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
This is an insert from the Constitution of the United States of America it was ratified July 9th 1868 just 3 short years after the civil war or 142 years ago from today. I also want to quote George Washington in 1796 “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitution of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, ‘till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People is sacredly obligatory upon all.”
Notice under George Washington’s quote that he says it is the right of the PEOPLE to alter or make changes to their Constitution of Government or as we know it today the Constitution of the United States of America. This is a very important statement as it first off comes from our very first President as a free nation whom himself declares that only THE PEOPLE may change the Constitution he does not say government has that power at all, what those words mean is that the entire nation of the United States of America must change or have a say in changing the Constitution. Or in other words a national vote on anything to do with amending or changing the Constitution of the USA.
The 14th amendment was added to the Constitution in 1868 a short time after the bloodiest war fought in the USA, brother against brother. The times were in turmoil at best as the world had just taken a leap in a new direction with the freedom of the slaves. The country wished to ratify the Constitution and include the newly freed slaves giving them rights under the Constitution which did not exist prior to blacks gaining their freedom. Mexico was not an issue in 1868, millions of illegal immigrants did not exist in the southern United States.
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, Pub.L. 104-208, Div. C, 110 Stat. 3009-546
“This act states that if an immigrant has been unlawfully present in the United States for 180 days but less than 365 days he or she must remain outside the United States for three years unless the person obtains a pardon. If the person has been in the United States for 365 days or more, he or she must stay outside the United States for ten years unless he or she obtains a pardon. If the person returns to the United States without the pardon, the person cannot apply for a waiver for a period of ten years. This is the permanent bar.”
Under the 14th Amendment “due process of the law” important because it states the word “law” Illegal immigrants from Mexico or otherwise are ILLEGAL and therefore through due process of American immigration laws currently in effect they fall into the above noted act the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant responsibility Act of 1996 Pub.L. 104-208, Div. C, 110 Stat. 3009-546.
Every year thousands of legal immigrants from all corners of the earth come to the United States to be a part of the “American Dream” to have a chance at making a new life and a new start. As I mentioned I’m one of them who has done what my new country asked of meso that I could be a part of it. I’ve not asked the United States for privilege or special circumstance. I did not seek to bend any laws in my favor or use family as an anchor so that I may stay here. I did not take employment here in the efforts of not disclosing my income and paying my share of taxes. I am honored that the USA allowed me to become one of her people in the legal light day and in the open in the eyes of my peers without false pretense.
Let’s talk about “anchor babies” for a moment. For those that didn’t know this is the illegal method of using the children born in the USA of illegal parents as a reason the illegals should be allowed citizenship. The term anchor is a bit misleading because even if the case were to be one of the child having rights here in the USA which it does not, (see the above legislation) it still leaves the parents as being illegal and here criminally. Even if only one parent is illegal it would lead to the fact the other was an accessory to the fact and harboring an illegal which is also illegal.
Can you imagine the ridiculous assumption by illegal aliens that having children in a country they are illegally in will cement their ability to stay there? Imagine the hundreds and thousands of yearly vacationers or people here on temporary job permits that bring their spouses along from other countries than Mexico, could you see them coming here under that work visa pregnant and giving birth and then demanding citizenship? How about a “snowbird” couple from Canada, She’s 8 months pregnant, and they rent a camper to go to Disney for two weeks in Florida and all of a sudden she goes into early labor and gives birth to twins in Florida, Are they all automatically Americans now? These are hypothetical situations. If we allow the Mexican’s to use this law bending technique into their favor what’s to prevent any country in the world from having people come here pregnant and then demanding citizenship? You can see how bending the law for the Mexican illegal’s so opens the legal lock gates to the world on the same issue?
Bending the law or reforming the law to make it easier for illegal’s to gain a foot hold in America is not the answer. Are you one of the 12 million people currently legally here in the USA as citizens that are loosing your home? Is unemployed and has been for more than 24 months? Is starving? This is not 10 illegal’s, or even 100 illegal’s this is enough people to equal the population of the entire State of Ohio. Can you imagine millions upon millions more seeking the same “amnesty” in the form of “anchor babies” from other countries as well? Seriously sit and look at the big picture. Now is critical to not read things into the Constitution that our fore fathers did not intend to be there. They did not install the 14thamendment to allow Mexicans to use our law in support of anchor babies; it was ratified to provide citizenship for the freed black slaves after the civil war, and was written in that context in 1868 for that purpose only.
We’re in a depression of our own; there are currently 91 million American without work, we do not need the burden of 20 million people here illegally as well.