E Pluribus Unum


I have to admit, I cannot stand the immigration issue probably because for me, it hijacked the singlemost important issue I believe this country is facing – the wanton destruction of future generations of Americans - and also because it has torn our party apart. I have tangled with this issue because my forefathers were Swedish and German immigrants and I understand why people from around the world want to come to the greatest country in the world.

But there has to be rules. Americans love rules because Americans love fairness. Try cutting ahead in line at the grocery store and you’ll see what I mean. Many immigrants who have become Americans know all too well what it means to wait in line and follow the rules. Many of these Americans are the staunchest defenders of lines and the obeying rule of law.

I also believe there are ideaologies and people who believe those ideaologies and that they will do what they can to infiltrate our country and act out their hatred against us. The most immediate way to prevent that is to secure our border and keep them out.

Needless to say, I believe that we must have an immigration policy that secures our border, identifies and locates every foreigner here, and requires they follow a citizenship process if they want to stay here. Most important, I believe that if they’ve come to American to stay, they embrace American culture. In essence, E Pluribus Unum.

Bloggers tend to hat tip one another when appropriate. I’m going to tip my hat to Len Munsil today for his post on the GOP and the issue of Immigration. He writes:

One of the reasons the Republican Party in Arizona, and nationally, is in such disarray is that when we disagree, we seem to have misplaced the capacity to assume good intentions about each other.

Nowhere has that been more obvious than the debate over illegal immigration. I have always supported a hard line against illegal immigration, and I opposed Congressional efforts over the past two years to enact comprehensive reform. I believe border security is a national security priority. I supported employer sanctions and voted against efforts to weaken Arizona’s current law.

But the people I agree with on the issue were wrong in their treatment of conservative Republicans who favored comprehensive reform. Republican Party officials have every right to call up elected officials and (1) scream bloody murder, and (2) let them know privately that they are getting angry calls and letters from the Party faithful. In fact, they have an obligation to do so. But party officials hurt their own cause when they launch public campaigns challenging elected officials of their own party.

This debate reminds me of my many years involvement in the pro-life movement and how perceptions and stereotypes are created and reinforced. There are great people in our party who vehemently disagree on how the GOP should manage, control, spin this issue. The fact of the matter is that we are beating up on one another on an issue that is far less significant than the taking of innocent human life. I hope to God we can settle this issue soon and get back to what really matters – protecting the unalienable right to life.

Hopefully, we will not lose any more ground (elections are about addition) on this issue by not agreeing on the basics: border security, thorough citizenship procedures and American assimilation and acculturation. With 2010 just around the corner, the GOP cannot afford to lose another election cycle, especially when all our newest citizens see is warring factions.


Comments

  1. We can and should all agree on the importance of the rule of law (including, say, speed limits). However our Republican rhetoric tends to sound anti-Mexican. We focus on the southern border and perhaps never even mention the northern border (over which terrorists have indeed crossed).

    We largely ignore the ~40% of illegal immigrants who are overstays and are more than likely Canadians, Poles, Koreans etc. Unless our sentiments are really anti-Mexican (and mine are not), the message being received is not the message we are trying to send.

    Our rhetoric — combined with the realities of current immigration law — tends to send the message “Legal immigrants wanted. Poor Mexicans need not apply.” Perhaps more dispassionate discourse on possible solutions would benefit the country and our electoral prospects as well.

  2. Casual Observer says:

    I could not agree more! The hard edge of intolerance does not do the pro-life cause any favors. Immigration enforcement and border security are not incumbent on such behavior.

    It is very possible to accomplish the enforcement of necessary immigration law and maintain the role of the party that desires to expand liberty not diminish it. How dear is liberty to the life that is never allowed to have such a pursuit? Born or unborn.

    But, that sort of thinking never makes the sound bites or cable news.

  3. Results Matter says:

    Sorry DSW, but I think you’re still off-base here. You’re agreeing with Munsil who feels that the Republican faithful should not challenge their Republican officials when they break faith with us on an issue of paramount importance, and one which we have spoken with a very loud and clear voice on.

    If Jon Kyl and John McCain want to ignore us, then we have every right to call them out, in private or in public. They work for us and they need to be reminded of it from time to time.

    Remember, both wanted to vote FOR amnesty. It was ONLY as a result of very loud and very public pressure that the effort failed.

    As for the whole thing seeming “anti-Mexican” (as comment #1 says, that’s how the media portrays it. It is not actual Republican rhetoric. The rhetoric is directed at illegal aliens, period. All of them.

  4. Veritas Vincit says:

    E Pluribus Unum

    Quiz time peeps! Who knows the story behind this latin expression? (being somewhat into latin myself)

    A: Out of Many One refers to the 13 original colonies being the many and the United States (with a limited federal government) being the One.

    it never had anything to do with immigration.

  5. Veritas Vincit says:

    Here’s a thought to consider:

    A means for someone to come here for employment and then return to their homeland after a specified period of time. No benefits and, a guest worker tax to cover the social expenses. No family either. Term to be 24 months maximum

    A means for someone to come here with a clear path to becomming a US Citizen and a declared purpose in becomming a loyal US Citizen.

    (of course the student visas but renewal based on the two options above)

    No “settlers” as some are calling the Muslim Middle-Eastern immigrants in France and other European countries.

    Work here and go home, OR become an American citizen. Otherwise you’re deported.

  6. Veritas Vincit,

    If you recall your American History, the 13 original colonies were also fairly diverse when it came to the type of immigrants and religious denominations who lived there. Maryland was extremely Catholic while Pennsylvania was dominated by Quakers. New England was Protestant. If you look at it that way, a case can be made that we were all a bunch of mongrels (to take a phrase from “Stripes”) at one time.

  7. Veritas Vincit says:

    DSW your observation is a good one. My only point was that the actual motto as envisioned had little to do with the diversity issue we wrestle with today.

    I’d like to see Mexico adopt the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment) model for guest workers.

  8. The immmigration issue is tied in with RTL issue. Allow 20 million more socialists to vote and watch how fast the Right To Life cause ends up on the scrap heap of failed political movements.

    Controlling our borders and deporting those here illegaly has the added benefit of aiding the election of conservatives.

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