Rachel Marsden
As Barack Obama inches toward reforming the immigration mess in America -- whenever that might be -- here's a stunning example of political rhetoric over substance.

The idea comes courtesy of far-right leader Marine Le Pen, a serious contender for the French presidency in next year's elections. That is, until she self-immolated with this doozy.

Le Pen sent a note to all 577 members of French parliament calling for an end to dual citizenship. Her rationale? "The patent failure of dual citizenship has reached various sporting events, after which young French bi-nationals don't wave our flag, but rather that of another nation."

Le Pen also questions whether France would have intervened militarily in Libya if there weren't so many Franco-Libyans on French soil, and considers the disastrous implications of any future French military intervention in Algeria, predicting a "potentially explosive situation" on French soil because of the number of Algerians in France.

First off, people hoisting Third World flags at sporting events in France aren't necessarily dual citizens. They could be residents, or illegals, or maybe even anti-imperialist French (in the same way that Noam Chomsky, who never has anything good to say about America, is 100 percent American). Citizenship doesn't automatically elicit national loyalty or pride, even by birth.

In theory, French naturalization requires five years of residency, an interview and careful selection. If France has failed to properly select in awarding citizenship, then that's the crux of the problem. Fixing it by stripping everyone of every origin of any sort of dual citizenship will hardly force integration. If anything, it's a surefire way to alienate immigrants. Personally, nothing would peeve me off more than moving to a country, fully integrating and wanting to be considered an equal in the eyes of the law, and being told that officially I would always be considered second class. My response to that, as a self-employed entrepreneur, would be to not give that country a cent of my tax dollars and send it all to my country of origin.

This is what politicians forget when they make stupid, sweeping propositions regarding immigrants: Not all are looking for handouts. Some of us come from countries with better handouts if we were really interested, thanks. We are producers, entrepreneurs, wealth creators. Rupert Murdoch is an immigrant. He became a citizen of America for practical business reasons: so he could own TV stations. Highly desirable immigrants often choose to pursue citizenship to avoid all sorts of paperwork hassles and everyday barriers. In France, for example, you can't even get financing for a stereo without citizenship or a 10-year permanent residency card.

Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
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