The inscription on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
America is taking in “huddled masses yearning to breathe free…the homeless, tempest-tossed…” However, there comes a time, does there not, when a government has to say, “enough is enough.” Too many immigrants has become a burden on the social/economic society of the American citizens.
There must be some guidelines for those admitted to the United States. President Trump on several occasions has said that he wants to have immigrants that “share our values and love our people.” Sadly, there are many who have a problem with that reasonable and fair line of reasoning. They would rather have open borders and let anyone come in, in the name of compassion. Because we have let too many in who do not share our values and love our people, we have issues with crime and sanctuary cities. (Would someone explain to me why any mayor would want to welcome criminals with open arms, putting at risk the safety and security of citizens in their city?)
All the other immigration related problems like DACA, amnesty, English only, catch-and-release, and border security, have all resulted from allowing too many immigrants, and not enforcing our current laws. The U.S. would be much better off today if it had heeded the words of Theodore Roosevelt in 1907:
“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but on flag, the American flag…We have room for but one language here, that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is the loyalty to the American people.”
Roosevelt put immigrants of different beliefs and origins on an equal status with Americans, with certain conditions attached. There was no divided allegiance. They saluted one flag. They learned English. There was not even a thought about legal versus illegal immigration, because legal immigration was assumed.
The U.S. still invites in the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” In doing so, however, America wants to be free to be the nation it once was, not what immigrants want it to be. We are the United States of America.