Opposing illegal immigration is not racism.

Illegal immigration advocates oppose American ideals.
Demonstrators from opposing sides confront each other while being separated by police officers on July 4, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif.
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In 2017 when the United States House of Representatives was debating funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border to curtail illegal immigration, Speaker Paul Ryan said, “America is not defined by its borders”. The statement is absurd on its face. Absolutely we are defined by our borders. Of course Ryan was not referring to geography, but those physical landmarks certainly define what is ours, and what belongs to someone else much the way a backyard fence defines boundaries between neighbors in a residential subdivision.

What truly defines a nation itself is shared values; a common culture, the love of a nation. A country. Americans seem to be under the impression they don’t have a country at all, but rather live in something like the international waiting room at Bush Intercontinental Airport. America is not a “nation of immigrants”, it is not an “idea”, it was never “diverse”, and “diversity” is a catastrophe.

“American Exceptionalism”

If America were an “idea” every country on earth could be America. Electricity is an idea. The airplane is an idea. Washing with soap is an idea. That’s why other countries have been able to adopt those innovations. No other country on earth has been able to approximate America. Why is that? We have been dropping enormous hints to the rest of the world for centuries.

America is not a mere landmass – otherwise, the Indians could have written the Declaration of Independence and put a man on the moon. Far from discovering America, Indians didn’t even detect America. There was no America until the British and Dutch arrived. They were not “immigrants” because there was no established society for them to move to. America is the promise that the human spirit can be unshackled; that the individual is bound only by his or her vision. It is that reverence that binds the country together as a nation. That was the idea anyway.

The narrative: “to be American, is to be racist”

Somewhere along the way however, assimilation became synonymous with racism. To suggest that one needed to learn English was “racist”, and “nationalistic”. Interestingly enough, it is striking how so many immigration activists don’t seem to particularly like this country. They tell us that America is a teeming mass of racists, sexists, homophobic bigots. However, they then insist on bringing the rest of the world here. Today being openly hostile to America has become part of ethnic pride. Illegal immigration has no place in the discussion.

US Representative Luis Gutierrez calls on his own country (technically the USA) to “stop the deportation of our people.” Don’t be thinking that just because he is a member of congress, sworn to uphold the Constitution, that his first loyalty is to the United States. Gutierrez told Newsweek that he has “only one loyalty, and that’s to the immigrant community.” Therefore, when demanding special treatment, immigrants are oppressed minorities; when they commit crimes or terrorist acts they are local.

History of illegal immigration as an indicator

As Ronald Reagan’s 1986 amnesty has proven, it is pointless to talk about what to do with illegal aliens already here until the border is secured. When the bathtub is overflowing, the very first thing you do is: turn off the water. You do not debate whether to use a rag or mop to clean up the water. Number one priority is: shut off the water. Any amnesty functions as a magnet for more illegal immigration. Nothing shows the bad faith of the amnesty advocates with more blinding clarity than their steadfast refusal to seal the border. Ordinary Americans see this and know they are being lied to. The “border security” measures of every amnesty bill all employ the same meaningless metric of success.

Government is its own worst enemy

In government, effectiveness is measured not by results, but by how much money is spent. How effective is it? Why, we’ve tripled the budget! That is what Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee actually said about Marco Rubio’s “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill, formally titled “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” – which was way better than its original title: “We Surrender”. Most Hispanics are smarter than Rubio. In 2011, 73 percent of Texas Hispanics said they’d support a candidate who wanted to “secure the border first, stop illegal immigration, and then find a way to address the status of people already here illegally.” In a 2014 Univision poll, 58 percent chose, “require border security first” over pass immigration reform.

The beauty of America is that people come from every corner of the world. They are drawn to our shores by the innate yearning to breathe free. Regardless of color, national origin, or religion, when oaths of citizenship are taken they become Americans. However not a hyphenated American, but every bit as American as someone who’s ancestor helped settle Jamestown. This is the miracle of America: that every race and creed form the melting pot that produces the American Dream.

The law is the law.

Enter any other way and you are the same as a thief and a robber. Our border not only defines our geography, but it safeguards the dream for future generations. Opposing illegal immigration is not racism.

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