Talk about tone-deaf:
President Barack Obama plans to highlight a positive side of the immigration debate by presiding over an Independence Day citizenship ceremony for service members who signed up to defend the U.S. even though they weren’t American citizens.
A total of 25 members of the Armed Forces will spend the Fourth of July as American citizens after the deputy secretary for homeland security delivers the oath of allegiance at a White House ceremony on Friday.
The politically divisive immigration issue is earning renewed attention after the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America who, under U.S. law, must be sent back across the border to their home countries. That has upset advocates of overhauling U.S. immigration policy who want Obama to allow the children to stay.
At the same time, Obama blames House Republicans for delaying action on an immigration overhaul. A comprehensive measure the Senate passed last year has been blocked by House leaders who also have done little to advance legislative proposals of their own.
Obama announced earlier this week that, as a result of lawmakers’ inaction, he will pursue non-legislative ways that he can adjust U.S. immigration policy without waiting for Congress to act.
Courtesy Yahoo! News.
Obama is, of course, conflating two issues.
The issue of whether or not immigrants who sign up to defend America should be given preferential treatment when it comes to applying for citizenship — and I happen to think that many of them should, assuming they complete their enlistment without getting into too much trouble — has little or nothing to do with the flood of illegal immigrants crossing our border in response to his promises of amnesty.
Two hundred thirty-eight years ago we declared ourselves to be an independent and sovereign nation, with its own borders and citizenship. Obama and the Democrats, aided and abetted by the leftist wing of the GOP (exemplified by John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and now Thad Cochran), are doing their best to erase those borders and blur the meaning of American citizenship to the point that it’s essentially meaningless.
I say the borders and citizenship should still mean as much to us as they did to the Founding Fathers.