Mark Caserta: Immigration important to liberal cause
The very sovereignty of the United States and the resolve of the American people to stand firmly upon the principles of our republic are being challenged by the crisis at our southern border.
In the second of my series of columns exposing the progressive movement in our country, we'll examine the liberal ideology behind their desire to "reform" the immigration policies of the United States.
Many recall President Obama's first inaugural address in January 2009 when he suggested we must begin "the work of remaking America." Understand what liberals peddle as "reform" is simply the progressive unraveling of our nation's laws and redefining them to help propagate the progressive movement. Necessary to this change is reconstructing the very landscape of America's demographics and gradually whittling away at our constitution.
The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. America values the contributions of immigrants who continue to enrich this country and preserve its legacy as a land of freedom and opportunity.
However, America places no small value on the decision to become a U.S. citizen. To become a citizen you must apply for a "derived" or "acquired" citizenship through parents or apply for naturalization. The process requires a display of commitment to the United States and loyalty to its constitution. Their reward includes the rights and privileges afforded a U.S. citizen.
Integral to this process is "The Immigration and Nationality Act" set in place post-World War II and meant to control immigration into the United States. The law negated exclusion of immigrants based solely upon their country of origin, but protected our nation from those who were unlawful, immoral, diseased, politically radical, etc. and was accepting of those willing to assimilate into the U.S. economic, social and political structure.
Admittedly, poor enforcement of our nation's immigration laws has rendered our borders porous far too long. But President Obama's perceived open-door policy and his subsequent level of neglect of our nation's borders is unprecedented! Among other things, it represents an unrestricted threat to our national security by anyone willing to exploit our vulnerabilities.
Make no mistake about it. Liberal reform of our nation's immigration policies would render the current immigration laws null and void and virtually eliminate any incentive for immigrants to naturalize or assimilate into the culture of the United States, thereby having no ownership in its continuance.
But progressives thrive on arbitrary power, not the rule of law. They pursue immigration reform under the guise of humanitarianism while portraying conservatives as prejudiced and outright "haters" simply because we refuse to capitulate to those who would reframe America around their own cancerous liberal theology.
For liberals, bypassing the lawful assimilation of immigrants into the United States, among many potential deleterious effects, adds to a populace dependent upon a government willing to sustain it and devoid of any commitment to the sovereignty of our nation.
But most importantly, it broadens the scope of individuals, void of constitutional acumen, who may be dubiously proselytized into a predacious progressive movement.
Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.
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