Thu, 16 Dec 2010 12:49:56 +0000
In the time of the Founding Fathers, the new United States of America did not have an illegal immigration problem that plagues us today. But, being the wise and learned men that they were, our Founders made certain observations that apply to our times. The following are two quotes from America’s Founding Fathers on immigrants into our fair land (h/t Patriot Post):
“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Hugh White, 1801
“Strangers are welcome because there is room enough for them all, and therefore the old inhabitants are not jealous of them; the laws protect them sufficiently so that they have no need of the patronage of great men; and every one will enjoy securely the profits of his Industry. But if he does not bring a fortune with him, he must work and be industrious to live.” –Benjamin Franklin, Those Who Would Remove to America, 1784
Fast forward to December 9, 2010.
On that day, in a speech to the House of Representatives in support of the DREAM Act conferring automatic permanent resident status (and therefore eventual citizenship) to illegal aliens who came to America as minors and are high school graduates, Demonrat Congressman Jared Polis (Colorado) says illegal aliens are “de facto citizens”:
What an insult to all the legal immigrants who respect and abide by America’s laws! They must feel like total fools for patiently waiting their turn, in some cases, for years.
BTW, the Democrats have set up a toll free number 1-866-996-5161 for illegals to lobby Congress about the Dream Act — paid for by taxpayers, i.e., those 53% of Americans who actually pay federal income taxes.
In other words, not only are law-abiding Americans being screwed, our rulers make us pay for the privilege!