No, Joe, illegals are not citizens

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No, Joe, illegals are not citizens

faustaby Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

In today’s morn­ing news, I see that Joe Biden, in yet another episode of pan­der­ing, said that 11 Mil­lion Undoc­u­mented Aliens Are Already Amer­i­cans in My View’

Eleven mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in the shad­ows I believed are already Amer­i­can cit­i­zens,” Biden said. “These peo­ple are just wait­ing, wait­ing for a chance to be able to con­tribute fully, and by that stan­dard, 11 mil­lion undoc­u­mented aliens are already Amer­i­cans in my view.”

Yes, it’s a free coun­try, and yes, Joe has a right to his per­sonal opin­ions, but the fact remains that cit­i­zen­ship is a priv­i­lege granted to few, either by birth, or by a lengthy and expen­sive process.

Biden took a quote from TR,

Teddy Roo­sevelt said it bet­ter. He said, Amer­i­can­ism is not a ques­tion of birth­place or creed or a line of descent. It’s a ques­tion of prin­ci­ples, ide­al­ism and character,”

while bypass­ing this part of TR’s True Amer­i­can­ism speech, which empha­sizes the impor­tance of national cohe­sive­ness (empha­sis added),

It is this spirit of provin­cial patri­o­tism, this inabil­ity to take a view of broad adhe­sion to the whole nation that has been the chief among the causes that have pro­duced such anar­chy in the South Amer­i­can States, and which have resulted in pre­sent­ing to us not one great Spanish-​American fed­eral nation stretch­ing from the Rio Grande to Cape Horn, but a squab­bling mul­ti­tude of revolution-​ridden States, not one of which stands even in the sec­ond rank as a power. How­ever, polit­i­cally this ques­tion of Amer­i­can nation­al­ity has been set­tled once for all. We are no longer in dan­ger of repeat­ing in our his­tory the shame­ful and con­temptible dis­as­ters that have befallen the Span­ish pos­ses­sions on this con­ti­nent since they threw off the yoke of Spain.

Indeed, the mis­sion state­ment for the U.S. His­panic Cham­ber of Com­merce, whose 2014 Leg­isla­tive Sum­mit Joe was address­ing, clearly states “While the USHCC advo­cates for busi­ness own­ers who hap­pen to be of His­panic descent, we are first and fore­most Amer­i­can busi­nesses.”

Rather than jump to the con­clu­sion that “11 mil­lion undoc­u­mented aliens” are “already Amer­i­cans”, I’d rec­om­mend that Joe look into a num­ber of pos­si­bil­i­ties:
1. That inte­gra­tion into “Amer­i­can prin­ci­ples, ide­al­ism and char­ac­ter” is essen­tial.
2. That legal res­i­dents who share “Amer­i­can prin­ci­ples, ide­al­ism and char­ac­ter” can be con­tribut­ing fully to Amer­i­can soci­ety, with­out want­ing to become cit­i­zens. Every per­son has dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances and rea­sons to immi­grate. Some have their rea­sons to not get full cit­i­zen­ship.
3. And that com­pre­hen­sive immi­gra­tion reform may not be the opti­mal way to main­tain broad adhe­sion to the whole nation, to use TR’s words. For instance, read about The Red Card Solu­tion,

The basis of this solu­tion is sim­ple. Sep­a­rate the guest work­ers and immi­grants in the debate, and in the legal sys­tem, on two com­pletely dif­fer­ent and unre­lated paths. And use the pow­er­ful incen­tives of the free mar­ket sys­tem to guar­an­tee the suc­cess of the guest worker program.

As to Joe’s other state­ment that aliens keep com­ing here, where “no one seems to want them”, the evi­dence points to the contrary.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on US and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics and cul­ture at Fausta’s Blog.

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faustaby Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

In today’s morning news, I see that Joe Biden, in yet another episode of pandering, said that ‘11 Million Undocumented Aliens Are Already Americans in My View’

“Eleven million people living in the shadows I believed are already American citizens,” Biden said. “These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to be able to contribute fully, and by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view.”

Yes, it’s a free country, and yes, Joe has a right to his personal opinions, but the fact remains that citizenship is a privilege granted to few, either by birth, or by a lengthy and expensive process.

Biden took a quote from TR,

“Teddy Roosevelt said it better. He said, Americanism is not a question of birthplace or creed or a line of descent. It’s a question of principles, idealism and character,”

while bypassing this part of TR’s True Americanism speech, which emphasizes the importance of national cohesiveness (emphasis added),

It is this spirit of provincial patriotism, this inability to take a view of broad adhesion to the whole nation that has been the chief among the causes that have produced such anarchy in the South American States, and which have resulted in presenting to us not one great Spanish-American federal nation stretching from the Rio Grande to Cape Horn, but a squabbling multitude of revolution-ridden States, not one of which stands even in the second rank as a power. However, politically this question of American nationality has been settled once for all. We are no longer in danger of repeating in our history the shameful and contemptible disasters that have befallen the Spanish possessions on this continent since they threw off the yoke of Spain.

Indeed, the mission statement for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, whose 2014 Legislative Summit Joe was addressing, clearly states “While the USHCC advocates for business owners who happen to be of Hispanic descent, we are first and foremost American businesses.”

Rather than jump to the conclusion that “11 million undocumented aliens” are “already Americans”, I’d recommend that Joe look into a number of possibilities:
1. That integration into “American principles, idealism and character” is essential.
2. That legal residents who share “American principles, idealism and character” can be contributing fully to American society, without wanting to become citizens. Every person has different circumstances and reasons to immigrate. Some have their reasons to not get full citizenship.
3. And that comprehensive immigration reform may not be the optimal way to maintain broad adhesion to the whole nation, to use TR’s words. For instance, read about The Red Card Solution,

The basis of this solution is simple. Separate the guest workers and immigrants in the debate, and in the legal system, on two completely different and unrelated paths. And use the powerful incentives of the free market system to guarantee the success of the guest worker program.

As to Joe’s other statement that aliens keep coming here, where “no one seems to want them”, the evidence points to the contrary.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on US and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

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