Immigration with Assimilation… No Amnesty


About the author: Rebecca Figone holds a Bachelor of Science in the field of Accounting. She owns two small businesses, one is for preparation of taxes and the other is for mosaic art to theme. Rebecca also holds an editor and writing position with Ole Glory News. She is married to an E-8 in the United States Arm ... [read 's FULL BIO]

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One of the things that I have stressed many times during the last several years, is that there should be no immigration without assimilation. That invokes the idea, that to be American will be first and foremost, and all other allegiances should be secondary or left behind. There is something so inherently wrong with the notion that our country was meant to change to suit others, and as this article progresses, that will become crystal clear. From our humble beginnings, our Founders knew that open arms meant something, that would require a set way of entry, and without it being accomplished, there would be no more sovereignty or liberty. It is important to emphasize that many of the Founders were quite outspoken on the idea of mass immigration, and they warned, over and again, the need to protect our sovereignty. Assimilation was meant to be a requirement from our onset. I would like for you to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with some of our factual, authentic, American history. There are many reasons that this is important, due to the sheer influx of other cultures into our American way of life.

“[T]he policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures and laws: in a word, soon become one people.” …”You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.” George Washington (letter to John Adams, 15 November 1794) Reference: The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799, Fitzpatrick, Ed., vol. 34.

“My opinion with respect to immigration is that except of useful mechanics and some particular descriptions of men or professions there is no need of encouragement while the policy or advantage of its taking place in a body. I mean the settling of them in a body may be questioned for by so doing they retain the language habits and principles good or bad which they bring with them. Whereas by intermixture with our people they or their descendants get assimilated to our customs measures and laws in a word soon become one people.” (George Washington, journal note, November 15, 1794, in The Writings of George Washington, Vol. XII, {1889-1893} p. 489)

“When we are considering the advantages that may result from an easy mode of naturalization, we ought also to consider the cautions necessary to guard against abuses. It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us, and throw their fortunes into a common lot with ours. But why is this desirable? Not merely to swell the catalogue of people. No, sir, it is to increase the wealth and strength of the community; and those who acquire the rights of citizenship, without adding to the strength or wealth of the community, are not the people we are in want of. And what is proposed by the amendment is, that they shall take nothing more than an oath of fidelity, and declare their intention to reside in the United States. Under such terms, it was well observed by my colleague, aliens might acquire the right of citizenship, and return to the country from which they came, and evade the laws intended to encourage the commerce and industry of the real citizens and inhabitants of America, enjoying at the same time all the advantages of citizens and aliens. I should be exceedingly sorry, sir, that our rule of naturalization excluded a single person of good fame that really meant to incorporate himself into our society on the other hand I do not wish that any man should acquire the privilege but such as would be a real addition to the wealth or strength of the United States. It may be a question of some nicety, how far we can make our law to admit an alien to the right of citizenship, step by step; but there is no doubt we may and ought, to require residence as an essential.” [1][ 1 TO THOMAS JEFFERSON New York Feb 4, 1790, “Dear Sir, Your favor of Jan 9 inclosing one of Sep last, did not get to hand till a few days ago. The idea which the latter evolves is a great one; and suggests many interesting reflections to Legislators; particularly when contracting and providing for public debts. Whether it can be received in the extent to which your reasonings carry it is a question” ] * (The Writings of James Madison: 1787-1790 By James Madison, pp. 436-437, SPEECHES IN THE FIRST CONGRESS SECOND SESSION 1790 FEBRUARY 3 NATURALIZATION OF ALIENS (James Madison))

Alexander Hamilton, in the Works of Alexander Hamilton (Hamilton’s Works, more source, at end of quote), wrote : “The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias, and prejudice; and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education, and family. The opinion advanced in the Notes on Virginia is undoubtedly correct, that foreigners will generally be apt to bring with them attachments to the persons they have left behind; to the country of their nativity, and to its particular customs and manners. They will also entertain opinions on government congenial with those under which they have lived; or if they should be led hither from a preference to ours, how extremely unlikely is it that they will bring with them that temperate love of liberty, so essential to real republicanism? There may as to particular individuals, and at particular times, be occasional exceptions to these remarks, yet such is the general rule. The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce foreign propensities. In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency. The United States have already felt the evils of a large number of foreigners into their national mass; by promoting in different classes different predilections in favor of particular foreign nations, and antipathies against others, it served very much to divide the community and to distract councils. It has been often likely to compromit (se) the interests our own country in favor of another. The permanent effect such a policy will be, that in times of great public danger there will be always a numerous body of men, of whom there may be just grounds of distrust the suspicion alone will weaken the strength of the nation, but their force may be actually employed in assisting an invader.” (pp. 775-776 by: Alexander Hamilton, published by C. S. Francis & Company, 1851; Alexander Hamilton-J. F. Trow, printer, 1851)

“In the recommendation to admit indiscriminately foreign emigrants to the privileges of American citizens, on their first entrance into our country, there is an attempt to break down every pale which has been erected for the preservation of a national spirit and a national character, and to let in the most powerful means of perverting and corrupting both the one and the other.” ~ (Alexander Hamilton, p. 778, The works of Alexander Hamilton, published by C. S. Francis & Company, 1851)

“If the rights of naturalization may be communicated by parts, and it is not perceived why they may not, those peculiar to the conducting of business and the acquisition of property, might with propriety be at once conferred, upon receiving proof, by certain prescribed solemnities, of the intention of the candidates to become citizens; postponing all political privileges to the ultimate term. To admit foreigners indiscriminately to the rights of citizens, the moment they put foot in our country, as recommended in the message, would be nothing less than to admit the Grecian horse into the citadel of our liberty and sovereignty.” ~ Alexander Hamilton, (Source: The works of Alexander Hamilton, Volume 8, p. 291, published 1904, G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

“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 one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” (~Theodore Roosevelt-The passages were culled from a letter he wrote to the president of the American Defense Society on January 3, 1919.)

“American institutions rest solely on good citizenship. They were created by people who had a background of self-government. New arrivals should be limited to our capacity to absorb them into the ranks of good citizenship. America must be kept American. For this i purpose, it is necessary to continue a policy of restricted immigration. It would be well to make such immigration of a selective nature with some inspection at the source, and based either on a prior census or upon the record of naturalization. Either method would insure the admission of those with the largest capacity and best intention of becoming citizens. I am convinced that our present economic and social conditions warrant a limitation of those to be admitted. We should find additional safety in a law requiring the immediate registration of all aliens. Those’ who do not want to be partakers of the American spirit ought not to settle in America.” (First Annual Message, Calvin Coolidge, December 6, 1923)

What we, as the citizenry of the United States, should draw from this, is that we are currently being compromised. Our very way of life is being undermined by the very idea of amnesty, without requiring that those here, assimilate into the idea of true Americanism. We have certain interests that are immigrating at an alarming rate, that by the very teachings they believe, cannot and will not ever assimilate. The time has come to reconsider wisdom, because folly has had her day.

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  • agbjr

    President Theodore Roosevelt on receiving and accepting immigrants into the USA:

    “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 one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

    Theodore Roosevelt 1907

    • billygeturgun

      Ole Teddy was a smart man on that one! I guess he could see the writing on the walls.

  • DKN

    My wife was born and raised in West Germany, she came here with me as my wife.
    We jumped through all the hoops, red tape, medical exams, background investigations, and paid all of the fees required.
    I am absolutely appalled that the illegal aliens are being coddled and being allowed to have more “rights” and privileges than we, ( she, a permanent resident alien, and me, an American Citizen) both have.

    • Agree, did the same. On Monday it will be our 19th anniversary.

    • We came to the US with a Green Card – legally. Medical exam, proof of education, proof that we have a certain amount of money, background check, paid the fees, etc. – an amnesty of the lllegals would be a slap in our faces!
      And btw: we’re not only integrated, we are assimilated (some of my friends very often say that we’re more “Americans” than people who were born in the US). That’s because it was a choice for us, we wanted to be here and we love America!

  • TexRancher

    NO AMNESTY PERIOD! Amnesty in any way, shape or form rewards ILLEGAL INVADERS while hurting both AMERICANS and the honest immigrants (which ILLEGALS ARE NOT) who have waited years, spent thousands of dollars and jumped through all the hoops!
    As any judge will tell you “the law is the law”! Americans are entitled to what has been missing since “The Last Amnesty” in 1986 – ENFORCEMENT! Obama and the AMNESTY CONSPIRATORS are trying to overwhelm us with ILLEGALS who obviously will act against AMERICANS that Obama knows he can’t control! He needs to be stopped for his TREASONOUS ACTIONS!

  • Sandra Lee Smith

    Ms Figone: Even TR, a fairly Libleral POTUS, said exactly that over 100 years ago! And even into the middle of the last century, it was still considered a badge of honor to DO precisely that, by those who immigrated to the US; I went to school with a lot of their kids growing up on LI, not far from NYC! It’s only been the past 40 or so years that this has changed!

  • AMEN to that!
    I’m an immigrant myself and I LOVE America – OK, not the one we are in today, the Obamerica, I love the “good ol’ America” with her traditional values. I assimilated within weeks – literally. I WANTED to immigrate (no one held a gun on my head and forced me) and it was MY duty to integrate and subsequently assimilate. Anyone who comes to America (or any other country) and doesn’t like the culture, the laws, the way of life, etc. should just STAY AWAY. And: LEARN THE FREAKIN’ LANGUAGE (must not be perfect -my English isn’t perfect either- but you must be able to communicate)! If you don’t want to learn the language but rather want to continue speaking your native language, STAY IN YOUR MISERABLE HOME COUNTRY. If you want to change your new country into a copy of youe home country (politically, socially, etc.), I have a question for you: WHY THE HELL HAVE YOU LEFT YOUR COUNTRY???

  • Tomtom

    NO amnesty, they are ILLEGAL!!!

  • The American Patriot

    Excellent article… couldn’t agree more!

  • Obama is trying to make it a reality that America no longer exsist for Americans but for all, the easiest way into New World Order.

  • Thank you all so much for your forthright honesty. I agree….no amnesty. Immigrate legally, but assimilate when you do.