Contrary to some stated opinion on both sides of the US political aisle, being against a blanket amnesty (any bill that holds past criminal offenses as unimportant is one that proposes amnesty) for illegal immigrants is not a racist stance. Instead, it is a pro-American sovereignty position. Note: Those who still believe that the United States has the right to be a sovereign nation are meeting with increasing opposition. However, until Congress passes a law that states the invasion of the US via its borders is legal it is still against the law. The “immigration reform bill” currently in the US Senate again places those of Hispanic origin who cross the US southern border illegally above other races attempting to enter the US legally. And this proposed bill also discriminates against those individuals of Hispanic origins who entered, or are working to enter, this country legally. That’s the true racism—the bigotry and discriminatory practices in the mold of patently xenophobic groups such as La Raza (“The Race”), MEChA and the Mexica Movement.
It is not racist to insist that the laws of one’s country be upheld. It is, however, racist to draft laws that offer advantages and perks only to a specific race or races of people—while not providing these same rewards for others.
As of 2006, it is estimated that 10% of the total population of Mexico is living in the USA—that’s Mexican nationals. For decades US citizens have been paying an increasing percentage of their taxes to fund the illegals-who-cross-our-southern-border’s assault on US services—including healthcare and schooling. Multiple US healthcare facilities have been forced to close, due to the onslaught of illegals demanding—and receiving—free health care. Our public school system also provides free education for non-US citizens. But, none of these free services to those in our country illegally are enjoyed by our own citizens. Instead, our own healthcare and educational costs and taxes continue to rise—our costs go up because schools and healthcare organizations are subsidizing the illegals. Our taxes go up because we’re, also, paying for the illegals. In other words, we-the-people are being assaulted in our checkbooks and pockets at least twice.
It is not racist for citizens to balk at having their own services diminished and costs increased due to the invasion of illegal immigrants. It is, however, racist for US lawmakers to draft and pass bills that benefit only those who have entered the country illegally and then tax and penalize legal citizens to pay for the illegal ones. It is called taxation without representation. Only the illegals are now being represented. But, if this Amnesty Bill passes both Congressional houses, with one stroke of a pen millions of people will be instantly legal. It is also NOT racist to protect our borders.
Former President Theodore Roosevelt—not a racist—gave a speech in 1917 in which he said: “It is our boast that we admit the immigrant to full fellowship and equality with the native-born. In return we demand that he shall share our undivided allegiance to the one flag which floats over all of us” and told the Kansas City Star in 1918: “English should be the only language taught or used in the public schools.” He then wrote to the President of the American Defense Society on January 3, 1919: “In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
Roosevelt’s statements are as correct and pertinent today as they were almost 100 years ago. What a shame and tragedy that our lawmakers have either forgotten the principles and laws upon which this country was founded—or have chosen to ignore them—in order to gain the illusion of political power. One thing remains certain. These same lawmakers and law-enforcers are no longer listening to the country’s legal citizens.
Sher Zieve is a long-time syndicated columnist who generally writes columns of a politically Conservative and Constitutional nature. She also interviews notable people with an interesting and/or newsworthy story to tell. These include politicians, writers, activists and others in the news. Her work has been and continues to be carried by both national and international publications. Sher appears regularly on national talk shows.