The bureau revision requires new citizens to perform this service only "where and if lawfully required." Are there occasions when such service is unlawfully required?
The bureau should not be trusted to produce any substitute revisions. The bureaucrats should be cut off at the pass by congressional passage of Alexander's proposed legislation to make the current oath of allegiance the law of the land, along with the U.S. flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem and our national motto.
Our current oath of citizenship is a superb statement of what loyalty to the United States of America means: both swearing allegiance to the United States and renouncing all allegiance to wherever and whoever the new U.S. citizen came from. New citizens who swear the current oath, "so help me God," absolutely cannot retain any loyalty to their former country or ruler.
Rather than rewriting the current oath of citizenship, the bureau ought to be busy revoking the citizenship of those who violate their solemn oath.
The Mexican government has been openly telling Mexicans who have become naturalized U.S. citizens that they can retain their citizenship and loyalty to Mexico. The U.S. oath of citizenship makes that a moral and legal impossibility.
Yet, on March 20, 1998, Mexico passed a law that purports to reinstate Mexican nationality for Mexican-Americans who have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Mexico has since issued tens of thousands of documents to naturalized U.S. citizens who came from Mexico.
On July 9, a naturalized U.S. citizen, Andres Bermudez, was elected mayor of Jerez, Mexico, and declaring himself a "candidate of two nations." Our government should revoke Bermudez's U.S. citizenship, as well as that of all other naturalized U.S. citizens who ran for public office in Mexico or voted in Mexico's elections.
If we tolerate duplicity with the solemn oath of citizenship, we are opening the door for more mischief in the future. Dual loyalty is an insurmountable barrier to assimilating naturalized citizens into the U.S. culture.
The United States welcomes immigrants - but only if they want to become loyal Americans, respect the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, learn our language, and honor their oath of citizenship.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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