US Citizenship: Becoming Worthless

I feel as if there are more benefits to being an illegal alien than a legal citizen of the United States, at least right now I do. As a prospective college student, if I were to renounce my U.S. citizenship I would be entitled to cheaper tuition at the California university system, and even be safe from a possible military draft.

There are a few immigration reform proposals shuffling through Congress. Whichever bill is passed, it will most likely include a guest worker proposal. (see Amnesty Light)

The Financial Times reports:

"The White House has drawn up a comprehensive proposal to reform US immigration laws that would allow illegal immigrants already in the country to remain as legal guest workers, but would force them to leave after six years and re-apply to return.

The drafting of such a detailed scheme indicates that President George W. Bush remains determined to push ahead with immigration reform despite the national attention on Hurricane Katrina."

We know our government is not hell-bent on upholding immigration law. The case of New Ipswich Police Chief W. Garrett Chamberlain is one of the many that proves it.

The Department of Homeland security is even encouraging illegal aliens to help rebuild New Orleans, sadly ahead of legal citizens who need the work. Most likely, many banks will help illegal immigrants pay for home loans if they decide to stay in New Orleans. I could list half a dozen more accolades for being illegal.

John Roberts will probably not be as stalwart on opposing illegal immigration as we all wish. During the hearings he said:

ROBERTS: My own view is that if you have a child, he or she should be educated. We'll worry about status later.

FEINSTEIN: Just say yes, regardless of immigration status.

ROBERTS: As a personal view, yes.

Facilitating the process for illegal aliens to gain United States citizenship degrades the value of citizenship for law-abiding citizens and legal immigrants (who achieved it the right way). Possessing and acquiring United States citizenship is still treasured and desirable. But, how much longer can it remain 'treasured and desirable' when Congress and the President continue to press for legislation allowing illegal aliens to gain citizenship?

Continuous discussion and legislation proposals pushing an easier route for illegal aliens to obtain citizenship calls into question whether U.S. citizenship can lose prominence. Ancient Rome offers us an example. Zbigniew Brzezinski in "The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives" writes: Declaring 'Civis Romanus sum', Latin for "I am a Roman citizen", became "the highest possible self-definition, a source of pride, and an aspiration for many" as Ancient Rome reached its height. Third Millennium Ministries states "Roman citizenship was a highly prized possession in the 1st Century" and although "citizenship [originally] could only be obtained through birth", as the Roman Empire expanded "citizenship was issued to those who had accomplished some task for the empire or to those who could purchase [it]". Accompanied with citizenship were the economic and legal rights established in Roman law.

United States citizenship is coveted and highly sought. But, when Congress and the President push for legislation allowing for de facto amnesties granting millions of illegal aliens’ citizenship, the value of this citizenship is greatly diminished. Illegal aliens receiving services such as free public education, free medical care, in-state college tuition, and possibly driver's licenses or voting rights further debases and dethrone U.S. citizenship. Government efforts to expand citizenship, via periodic amnesties, to law-breaking illegal aliens are tantamount to the gradual expansion of Roman citizenship within the empire. Gerda Bikales, founding director of ProEnglish, affirms “the significance of U.S. citizenship has never been so devalued” due to “decades of unprecedented [illegal] immigration” leaving the United States with “a huge and rapidly growing non-citizen population”. Bikales continues, “advocates [of illegal immigration] call for non-citizen voting, the right of non-citizens to hold any U.S. government job, and for dissociating citizenship from any requirement to demonstrate a knowledge of basic English and U.S. history. The push for the eradication of all differences between citizens and non-citizens has been ongoing for many years”.

Many Americans may not be consciously proud of their United States citizenship. Now is a time when many Americans must be consciously proud and realize Government efforts to dilute the value of U.S. citizenship.

This country is evolving into an economic sanctuary - that's it. A universal country with a universal culture. A region on the earth's surface.

Posted by Mike Tate at October 2, 2005 3:19 PM