In a reminder that politics and the advancement of his policy agenda trumps allegiance to the Constitution or any kind of serious approach to his role as president and his duty to the nation as a whole, President Obama used the nation’s birthday to Friday to make political points about immigration reform.
In a naturalization ceremony in the East Room, Obama administered the oath of allegiance to a group of immigrants that included those who, quite commendably, already demonstrated their patriotism by serving in the armed forces. Unfortunately, they were being used.
Obama spoke in the East Room.
Together, all of you remind us that America is and always has been a nation of immigrants. Throughout our history, immigrants have come to our shores in wave after wave, from every corner of the globe. Every one of us –- unless we’re Native American –- has an ancestor who was born somewhere else.
Yes, fine. We are indeed a nation of immigrants. But we are not a nation first generation immigrants. Which is what Obama would have us be by failing to secure the border.
The news coverage Friday morning hailed the president’s celebration of these new citizens’ service. But as you can see from his remarks, what he was really doing was tugging on the emotions to promote immigration reform legislation he’s been bashing Congress for failing to pass.
We believe our diversity, our differences, when joined together by a common set of ideals, makes us stronger, makes us more creative, makes us different. From all these different strands, we make something new here in America. And that’s why, if we want to keep attracting the best and brightest from beyond our borders, we’re going to have to fix our immigration system, which is broken, and pass commonsense immigration reform.
We shouldn’t be making it harder for the best and the brightest to come here, and create jobs here, and grow our economy here. We should be making it easier.
(Audience member applauds.)
THE PRESIDENT: He agrees with me. (Laughter and applause.) So I’m going to keep doing everything I can do to keep making our immigration system smarter and more efficient so hardworking men and women like all of you have the opportunity to join the American family and to serve our great nation. So we can be stronger and more prosperous and more whole –- together.
Actually, many first generation immigrants to do not share our ideals. They have to be absorbed into our culture.
I know lots of first generation immigrants – my area of Northern Virginia has many. Most, when they say “my country” – as in, I will be visiting my country for two weeks – don’t mean the United States. Becoming an American is a process that for most immigrants takes time to successfully complete.
When you allow the kind of unfettered immigration Obama supports, the culture that ends up getting changed is not theirs, but ours.
We need immigration. Lots of it. But not unlimited amounts of it. And we must not have a future mass forgiveness of illegal entry after we forgive the latest crop of illegals. Because what happens then is, we erode the culture that has created the very nation immigrants want to flock to in the first place.
Oh, and we create lots of new Democratic voters.