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What Obama’s Quick Illegal Immigrant Fix Ignores
FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 19, 2012 | Bruce Thornton

Posted on 06/19/2012 4:41:13 AM PDT by SJackson

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What Obama’s Quick Illegal Immigrant Fix Ignores

Posted By Bruce Thornton On June 19, 2012 @ 12:23 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments

America’s ward-heeler-in-chief just bought some votes with the policy equivalent of a keg of beer and a slab of bacon. Obama’s memorandum to Homeland Security head Napolitano to stop the deportation of illegal aliens brought here as children and granting them work permits bypassed Congress, that branch of government our quaint Constitution makes responsible for such policy. Obama said so himself last year when he reminded people that he couldn’t “change the law unilaterally” and “We have to pass bills through the legislature and then I can sign it.” But the need to stanch the bleeding from a week of economic bad news for his reelection campaign has given the president Constitutional amnesia. If Obama had been sincerely interested in crafting a legal, bipartisan, permanent solution to this problem, he could have negotiated with Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who has crafted a more sensible solution than last year’s Dream Act, and worked through Congress. But the need to throw some goodies to Latino voters in several swing states critical for his own reelection was more important than actually governing according to the Constitution.

Obama’s accompanying rationale for this decision, moreover, was full of unexamined assumptions and sentiments. “These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they’re friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” Obama said. They “face the threat of deportation to a country that [they] know nothing about, with a language that [they] may not even speak.” They “for all intents and purposes, are Americans. They’ve been raised as Americans, understand themselves to be part of this country.” All those statements are loaded with begged questions that point to the bigger problem we have with immigration both legal and illegal––the question of national identity and national loyalty.

No doubt, many of these young immigrants match Obama’s description. I’d bet that those who have served in the military do. But many do not, particularly the university students usually showcased by their champions. From my years of experience as a teacher in a university about half Hispanic, hundreds of them illegal immigrants mostly from Mexico, I know that many see themselves as Mexican or Chicano first, and Americans second, if at all. They travel to Mexico and speak Spanish, and have imbibed an anti-Americanism that casts them as victims of American imperialism and racism who deserve reparations for those historical crimes.

These attitudes are institutionalized in the courses they take from ethnic studies departments and in the organizations they join. Many universities, for example, have chapters of a group called MEChA, the “National Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán,” the mythical land allegedly stolen by Americans in the Mexican War. This fantasy history claims that the whole Southwest was once Aztlán, the homeland of La Raza, the “bronze” race, who are “the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlán from whence came our forefathers,” as the “Plan of Aztlán” puts it. This homeland was lost to the “brutal ‘gringo’ invasion,” and the goal of the “Plan” is the “reconquest” of that lost homeland, and restitution for that historical crime. The racist drift of all this is apparent in the motto of MEChA: “For the Race everything, outside the Race, nothing.”

Obviously, MEChA scorns assimilation to American culture and identity, promoting instead a Mexican identity called “Chicanismo,” which “involves a personal decision to reject assimilation and work towards the preservation of our cultural heritage” and the recovery of a “bronze culture for a bronze people.” Thus MEChA “is committed to ending the cultural tyranny suffered at the hands of institutional and systematic discrimination that holds our Gente [people] captive.” If you need further evidence that this ideology is hostile to American culture and identity, consider a poem published at California State University Fresno in La Voz de Aztlán, a state-subsidized campus newspaper that functions as MEChA’s house organ: “America the land robbed by the white savage / the land of the biggest genocide / the home of intolerance / the place where dreams come to die / the place of greed and slavery,” and so on for another two dozen lines.

Clearly, students who accept such an ideology are hardly going to be “Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way,” as the president claimed. Rather, they will identify themselves as victims of America from which they feel alienated. They will not believe, like earlier immigrants, that living in America allows them to improve their lives by enjoying the freedom and economic opportunity unavailable to them in their ancestral country. Rather, they will think that they are owed reparations from the country that unjustly stole a region of their true homeland. As the Chicano activist slogan goes, “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us.” This historical lie justifies ignoring the responsibilities immigrants to the United States traditionally have accepted, which is to assimilate to the country they live in by accepting its language, traditions, and political principles. With the mythic history of unjust displacement, however, the burden is now on the mainstream culture to adapt to and accommodate the culture of those it allegedly oppressed and robbed of their land. The dominant culture must expiate its historical crimes with various sorts of reparations and entitlements, particularly special consideration for illegal aliens like free tuition in public universities, drivers licenses, welfare and health care, or quasi-amnesties such as the Dream Act.

Such a legitimization of illegal aliens thus is merely part of what the “Plan of Aztlán” calls “restitution”:  “Restitution for past economic slavery, political exploitation, ethnic and cultural psychological destruction and denial of civil and human rights.” A “reconquest” impossible by force will be achieved through demography and the abandonment of the old model of assimilation, in an attempt to make California more like the culture illegal aliens risk their lives to leave, and less like the America that has given them greater freedom and opportunity.

We should not simply assume, then, as the president and other supporters of amnesty do, that people here illegally consider themselves Americans and give America their loyalty  just because they were brought here as children. No doubt many do, but how do we know? We need to figure out a way to vet all immigrants to this country to ensure that we give the privilege of citizenship only to those who will not subordinate being an American to being something else. Given how thoroughly multicultural identity politics, predicated on American crime and oppression, permeates schools, popular culture, and government programs, merely living the bulk of one’s life here is no guarantee of American identity. Determining whether or not immigrants, including those brought here as children, truly understand and accept the core principles and values of our political order is the most serious challenge we face in dealing with 11 million illegal immigrants.

Obama’s quick-fix may win him some votes, but it does nothing to make sure residence in the country is reserved only for those immigrants who understand why America is exceptional, feel blessed to live here, and are proud to be Americans.

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KEYWORDS: aliens; illegalaliens; illegals; obamaamnesty; obamaimmigration

1 posted on 06/19/2012 4:41:14 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

So, if it is no fault of my own I inherited billions in drug money or what not, I should have amnesty too?

Latinos think this is just for them and them only, they are wrong. Such precedent is again a third world emotional scam for gullible peasants who think they are going to get a free hand over.

2 posted on 06/19/2012 4:47:46 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: SJackson
"they pledge allegiance to our flag"

Which is more than some who were born here do.

3 posted on 06/19/2012 4:47:49 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.


MEChA's predecessor, the La Raza Unida Party, getting some tips on community organizing in Beirut. Otherwise known as hanging out with terrorists.

La Raza and MEChA have already talked to Latinos and Phoenix and explained that Latinos need to arm themselves for war, Manuel Longoria, President, Nuestros Reconquistos

4 posted on 06/19/2012 4:47:57 AM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: Past Your Eyes

How do you know they pledge?

It’s not even in the books.

Besides, all this patriotic clap trap is moot given how socialist and PC the country has become.

Pledging Allegiance to Obama’s Sharya is really the fine print here.

5 posted on 06/19/2012 4:49:48 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: SJackson

Another issue being left out is the cartels who own the northern states of Mexico.
Baraq and Janet have effectively gone in to business with the Zetas and the Sinoloa cartels.
A lot of these cartel members are young men and can easily blend into the general swarm. NO ONE in the federal govt is tracking them.
Call it unintended consequenses or intended, baraq has just opened up our borders to the most violent gangsters in the western hemisphere.
Goes back to my belief that baraq and his fellow travellers have no emotional attachment to our country or it’s people.

6 posted on 06/19/2012 4:59:48 AM PDT by Texas resident (November 6 - Vote Against obama)
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To: SJackson
They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” Obama said.

What a bald faced lie. Everyone should remember the oceans of Mexican flags displayed during the first big, amnesty for illegal alien rallies during the amnesty debate of 2006.

Then the Latino race hustlers got the word out that the demonstrators had to wave American flags, and pretend that they were Americans in their hearts. Those Mexican flags they freely chose to wave were hurting the amnesty for illegals cause.

7 posted on 06/19/2012 5:00:05 AM PDT by Will88
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To: SJackson

Study: Asian immigration influx surpasses that of Hispanics
Hope Yen (AP)

Silly people at PEW think Mexican migration at zero
430,000 Asians (India, China, South Korea) represent 36 percent of all new immigrants in 2010
They are Democrats
They prefer big government
370,000 Mexicans represent 31 percent of all new immigrants
New immigrants are both legal and illegal
You can be fast tracked to a U.S. visa if you have $500,000 to start up a business or are educated
Educated can mean a bachelor’s degree
Asians account for 6 in 10 of international students
Asians earned 45 percent of all engineering Ph.Ds in 2010
38 percent of doctorates in math and computer sciences
33 percent of doctorates in physical sciences
Attempts are being made to eliminate per-country caps on employment-based visas
Foreigners are being let in to stimulate the real estate market
60% between 25 and 64 have college degrees
15.1 million Asian Americans
Poverty rate is 11.9%
Vietnamese and Chinese poverty rate is 14%
49% have at least a bachelor’s degree
7.4% of Americans unemployed
6% of Asians unemployed

8 posted on 06/19/2012 5:16:28 AM PDT by Haddit
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To: SJackson
" I’d bet that those who have served in the military do.."

I still don't understand this. They say it all the time. But how does someone who is not legally in this country join the US military? Wouldn't that be question #1?

I don't recall everything they asked me or I answered on a form when I enlisted 25 years ago, but I remember the process was long, and I answered many, many questions. I'm SURE, that "are you a legal US citizen was one of them.

9 posted on 06/19/2012 5:51:42 AM PDT by libs_kma (When I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool)
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To: SJackson
Bank robbers use their ill-gotten gains to support their children, who go to school with our children, play with our children, and committed no wrong. Thus, once caught, the bank robber's children should be allowed to keep the proceeds, and the parents shouldn't be punished, because it would be a hardship upon the children.

Same for drug dealers and con artists.

10 posted on 06/19/2012 6:09:15 AM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: SJackson

In a recent column, Dick Morris urges Romney to pick Rubio for VP to offset Emperor Obama’s kiddie amnesty panderploy. (I think I just coined a new word!)

While Morris makes an interesting purely POLITICAL point, he conveniently OVERLOOKS the CONSTITUTIONAL question about Rubio’s eligibility.

Though Rubio has waffled on a few issues lately, I respect his general conservatism, which almost certainly flows from his parents having fled the nightmare of Castro’s Marxist island prison.

But therein lies the problem: Rubio’s PARENTS do not meet the necessary requirement of “natural born” for which Obama is today being challenged in a Florida court. In fact, Larry Klayman, attorney for the DEMOCRAT plaintiff in that case, made a glancing reference to the ineligibility of both Rubio and Bobby Jindal in his presentation to Judge Lewis on 6/18.

Look folks, either we HAVE a Constitution or we DO NOT. If Rubio, the son of parents who fled one form of ONE MAN TYRANNY, offers for or is tapped for VP, will he not be furthering the accelerating destruction of the very document the Founders left us to prevent our becoming a nation of men as opposed to a nation of LAWS, the Constitution being the primary exemplar?

And if the Hispanics here – legally and otherwise – help Obama to a second term on the basis that the rule of law and the Constitution are not important, they have only to look to Cuba to see where THAT will lead. They will have helped turn “here” into “there” and will no longer have a “here” to which to flee the tyranny.

Since it’s becoming increasingly clear that most of the morons on Capitol Hill don’t give a damn about any of these “details”, it appears it’s once again – as ALWAYS — up to “we the people.”

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in the process of CHOOSING SIDES in America.

Which side are YOU on??

11 posted on 06/19/2012 6:47:51 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (NOVEMBER 6th: THE END OF AN ERROR! Let us pray it's not the start of another!*)
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To: JudgemAll
I don't know and neither does he.

12 posted on 06/19/2012 6:48:02 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: SJackson; FARS; Islaminaction; SunkenCiv; cripplecreek; Eleutheria5; forkinsocket; ml/nj; ...
The author of the posted article is treating Obama's Executive Order as if it applies to illegal Mexican immigrants only. But it is not Mexican-specific.

And that raises the specter of Islamist extremist illegal immigrants (to which some Mexican nationalist groups have ties, BTW) from Muslim countries taking advantage of the Executive Order and the potential deleterious effect on national security!

13 posted on 06/19/2012 7:12:59 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Texas resident

DOn’t know what the rates are now, but at one time DC led the cities in the US for drug use.....Coincidence that DC chooses to not stop the flow of drugs ????

14 posted on 06/19/2012 7:31:09 AM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama: " born in Kenya.".. he's lying now or then?)
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To: SJackson

In cognitive dissonance/narcissistic way is Obama giving himself amnesty because he didn’t have a birth certificate nor was a legal citizen?

15 posted on 06/19/2012 7:35:52 AM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: Teacher317

We might look at the status of those whom Obama is attempting to accommodate in this way:

Granted, in many cases, their parents, and not they, perpetrated the act that led to their current non-citizen status. Granting them the rights of citizens without having them go through a standard, lawful naturalization process is similar to allowing the recipients of stolen goods to retain such property and ignore the property’s underlying criminal origin. We don’t allow the buyer of stolen goods to keep them, even though said recipient may have paid good money for them. I don’t have any magic-bullet solution, but maybe this analogy can promote a better understanding why we feel that those Obama is pandering to should not simply be given the benefits of U.S. citizenship without regard to the legalities involved.

16 posted on 06/19/2012 12:15:45 PM PDT by RightSight
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To: justiceseeker93

Yes, take a look at
0bama’s’”domestic security force”?

17 posted on 06/19/2012 12:17:48 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty
IIRC, the new Obama Executive Order was endorsed by Janet Napolitano, whose title should be Secretary of National Insecurity.
18 posted on 06/19/2012 12:29:29 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: sheik yerbouty

IIRC, the new Obama Executive Order was endorsed by Janet Napolitano, whose title should be Secretary of Homeland Insecurity.

19 posted on 06/19/2012 12:29:57 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Whilesheis unmarried, I will still refer to Her Butchness as Frau Gropenfuhrer.

20 posted on 06/19/2012 12:45:27 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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