This isn’t about “fairness,” or being a “welcoming society.” If anything close to the current Senate bill passes, we will be a different nation. Senator Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, says the Senate bill would make immigration to the United States an “entitlement.” Sessions told The Washington Times, “The decision as to who may come will almost totally be controlled by the desire of the individuals who wish to immigrate to the United States rather than the United States government.”
On Wednesday, the Senate voted 83-16 in favor of construction of a fence and 500 miles of vehicle barriers along the border. It was the first victory by conservatives who have been pushing for stronger border enforcement. Just before that vote, Senators by a 66-33 vote rejected a proposal to remove from the bill the right of illegals in the country for more than two years to apply for citizenship, thus giving the president a victory for his “guest worker” proposal.
I prefer the way the Swiss government handles immigration and citizenship to the virtual open door policy advocated by the president and the Senate bill. The Swiss appreciate tourists and businesspeople, but if one wishes to become a Swiss citizen, the government makes it difficult. The reason? The Swiss want to preserve their culture.
There is no “right” to be a Swiss citizen. Being born in Switzerland doesn’t automatically make one Swiss. The right of citizenship through descent is regulated by the government.
People who wish to be naturalized in Switzerland must live a minimum of 12 years in the country; submit to complete integration into Swiss life which includes familiarity with Swiss habits, customs and traditions; comply with the Swiss rule of law; and demonstrate they are no danger to Switzerland’s internal or external security. Local towns may add additional requirements for residence.
President Bush employed the classic “melting pot” metaphor, but changing the character and culture of America through uncontrolled immigration – legal or not – would drop a glacier in the pot that would never melt,
This is more about politics and votes. It goes to the nature of who and what we are. Current citizens had better make sure this is not an invasion masquerading as immigration.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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