We hear from politicians and ethno-centric groups that we are a nation of immigrants. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are a nation of Americans, almost three hundred million native born, who are the most welcoming people on the planet for immigrants from around the world. More legal immigrants are welcomed to the United States each year than are accepted by all other countries of the world combined. Their skill, service, and patriotism are welcome additions to our country.My personal opinion on immigration is simple: I don't care where you, or your family comes/came from...as long as you followed the laws enacted by the United States Congress when you came here. My father's family came to American around 1635 through Salem Massachusetts, my mother's around 1745 (they backed Bonny Prince Charley and paid for it with exile). There were no laws then, but since then our elected representatives have enacted statutes that regulate immigration...if you break those laws to enter, then you should be punished. If you hire people who are here illegally, then you should lose your business liscense as well as pay a hefty fine if not go to jail as well.
Most American families share an experience similar to mine. As the oldest son of the oldest son, I inherited the Old Family Bible. When I looked at the papers stuck between the pages, I discovered my Grandpa Pat's Certificate of Naturalization. It's dated the 13th day of June in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and seventeen and of our independence the one hundred and forty-first. As Independence Day reminders from generations ago, the phrases "in the year of our Lord" and "of our independence the one hundred and forty-first" recall less complicated times. The certificate states further that "the petitioner had in all respects complied with the law in relation thereto, and that he was entitled to be admitted".
As we feel that we are becoming more disconnected from our government and that our Republic is changing into something we can't control or understand, let us be reminded that it will be the 234th year of our independence and the 2010th year of our Lord. Past difficulties have been overcome. As children of the greatest American generation, we must honor that greatest generation by remembering our obligation as citizens. Practice and celebrate your independence. "God Bless America"
I firmly believe that we as a nation, must secure our southern border (it's not racist as we don't have millions of Canadians furtively sneaking across our northern border), BEFORE we discuss the twenty million or so illegal workers here. Doing anything less is a disservice to America...