Obama Wrong—U.S. Not “A Nation Of Immigrants”

In his

immigration speech
on Thursday, President Obama
heralded America as a
"nation of immigrants" defined

not by blood or birth
, but by
"fidelity to the

shared values
that we all hold so dear."

If only it were so. Left-wing
academics and activists

spurned assimilation
as a common goal long ago.
Their fidelity lies with

(a euphemism for native language
maintenance over English-first instruction),

identity politics
and a

borderless continent

Obama blames
for the intractable immigration debate. Whose politics?

amnesty mob
has taken to ambushing

congressional offices
this week to scream at
lawmakers to choose
"reform" (giving a blanket path to citizenship to millions of
illegal aliens) or
(their description of any and every legislative measure
to stiffen sanctions for and deter the acts of

, visa-overstaying and


Is there no middle ground for all
sides to agree that

clearing naturalization application backlogs
take priority over expanding illegal alien benefits, or
that tracking and deporting
violent illegal alien criminals
should take
precedence over handing out driver`s licenses to illegal
aliens, or that streamlining the

employee citizenship verification process
businesses (E-verify) and fixing outdated visa tracking
databases should come before indiscriminately expanding
temporary visa and guest worker programs?


every response
to even the most modest of
immigration enforcement measures be

Further, as I`ve noted many times
over the years when debating both Democrats and
Republicans who fall back on empty phrases to justify
putting the amnesty cart before the enforcement horse,
we are not a
"nation of immigrants."
This is both a factual error
and a warm-and-fuzzy
non sequitur. Eighty-five percent of the residents currently in the
United States were

born here.

Yes, we are almost all descendants
of immigrants. But we are not a
"nation of
(And the Politically Correct president
certainly wouldn`t argue that
American Indians
, Native Alaskans,

Native Hawaiians

descendants of black slaves

here in any common sense of the word, would he?)

Even if we were a
"nation of
it does not explain why we should be
against sensible immigration control. The

Founding Fathers
were emphatically insistent on
protecting the country against indiscriminate mass
immigration. They insisted on assimilation as a
pre-condition, not an afterthought. Historian John Fonte

assembled their wisdom
, and it

bears repeating
this Independence Day weekend:

  • George Washington,
    in a

    letter to John Adams,
    stated that immigrants
    should be absorbed into American life so that "by

    with our people, they, or
    their descendants, get assimilated to our customs,
    measures, laws: in a word soon become one people."

  • In a 1790
    speech to Congress on the naturalization of
    immigrants, James Madison stated that America should
    welcome the immigrant who could assimilate, but
    exclude the immigrant who could not readily

    "incorporate himself into our society."

  • Alexander
    wrote in 1802:
    "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."

  • Hamilton
    further warned that
    "The United States have
    already felt the evils of incorporating 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 has
    served very much to divide the community and to
    distract our councils. It has been often likely to
    compromise the interests of our own country in favor
    of another. The permanent effect of 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

  • The
    survival of the American republic,
    Hamilton maintained, depends upon
    preservation of a national spirit and a national
    "To admit foreigners
    indiscriminately to the rights of citizens the
    moment they put foot in our country would be nothing
    less than to admit the

    Grecian horse
    into the

    of our liberty and

As pro-amnesty extremists moan that

"we didn`t cross the borders, the borders crossed us
and illegal alien marchers haul foreign flags above Old
Glory, President Obama pretends that the
"common national
our Founding Fathers embraced still binds
us all together.

Many of us still have faith in a
strong, sovereign America—the unhyphenated, the
law-abiding, the gratitude-filled sons and daughters and
grandchildren of legal immigrants for whom such
distinctions still matter.

But it`s no thanks to the
assimilation saboteurs who put

"one world"

over "one nation
under God."



Michelle Malkin

is the author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our


for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click


for Michelle Malkin`s website. Michelle Malkin
is also author of

Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild

and the just-released
Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies.