Thursday, July 01, 2010

Obama Immigration Reform Speech

Address at American University, July 1, 2010.


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Every example Obama gives for opening our borders are of immigrants, legal immigrants, who complied with the immigration laws of the United States. Einstein, Tesla, Carnegie - all legal immigrants. From 1991 to 2000, 10-11 million legal immigrants were admitted, that's more than in any decade before, a population increase of 1/3 of 1%. Previously, the highest immigration decade was 1901-1910 when 8.8 million people arrived legally, an increase of about 1% in population. But, it isn't the legal immigrant who is in question; it is the illegal immigrants who crash the borders, smuggle themselves and others into the country, and by doing so, commit a crime with far too many going on to commit more crimes. California prisons are 1/3 occupied by convicts who entered the US illegally and committed further crimes, while Phoenix, Arizona is the US kidnapping capital, second only to Mexico City in the Americas.

Obama was also wrong about the Emma Lazarus "give us your poor" poem that is attached not to the Statue of Liberty, but to the pedestal upon which Lady Liberty stands. France donated the giant statue to America, mostly because they had no place to put it and wanted to get rid of it, years before Lazarus (a Jewish Zionist) had written her poem, "The New Colossus," about the giant statue of a "mighty woman... Mother of Exiles" crying out silently to the worlds displaced persons "yearning to breathe free."

No one is denying the opportunity of immigration to the United States, no one is denying the valued history of immigration, no one is denying the immense contribution to the richness of America that immigrants have invested, no one is denying the advances in science, medicine, the arts, cuisine, and general quality of life. All we are asking of immigrants and our Federal government is to follow the laws of entry, enforce the laws of entry. If that were to happen, then, welcome, come on in.




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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is the quote from Obama's speech. Note that he does NOT say that is attached the the Statue of Liberty.

"It was at this time that a young woman named Emma Lazarus, whose own family fled persecution from Europe generations earlier, took up the cause of these new immigrants. Although she was a poet, she spent much of her time advocating for better health care and housing for the newcomers. And inspired by what she saw and heard, she wrote down her thoughts and donated a piece of work to help pay for the construction of a new statue — the Statue of Liberty — which actually was funded in part by small donations from people across America.

Years before the statue was built — years before it would be seen by throngs of immigrants craning their necks skyward at the end of long and brutal voyage, years before it would come to symbolize everything that we cherish — she imagined what it could mean. She imagined the sight of a giant statue at the entry point of a great nation -– but unlike the great monuments of the past, this would not signal an empire. Instead, it would signal one’s arrival to a place of opportunity and refuge and freedom.

“Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand,” she wrote,

A mighty woman with a torch…
From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome…
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!”…
“Give me your tired, and your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to be free…
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Let us remember these words. For it falls on each generation to ensure that that lamp -– that beacon -– continues to shine as a source of hope around the world, and a source of our prosperity here at home."

Indigo Red said...

"...inspired by what she saw and heard, she wrote down her thoughts and donated a piece of work to help pay for the construction of a new statue — the Statue of Liberty — which actually was funded in part by small donations from people across America."

Obama says clearly the poem was to help fund the construction of the Statue of Liberty which it was not. And so, by implication he puts the poem and the statue together. How a worthless piece of paper with a poem written upon it could fund anything is beyond reason as the poem was a contest entry with no cash benefit; the only reward was to have it read at the dedication.

The statue was already cast. The base and pedastal needed to be fabricated before the statue could be assembled as it was cast in pieces with assembly required... thanks, France. Actually, a French crew put it together.

"Years before the statue was built — years before it would be seen by throngs of immigrants craning their necks skyward at the end of long and brutal voyage, years before it would come to symbolize everything that we cherish — she imagined what it could mean." Either Emma Lazarus was quite the unsung seer, or Obama's description is complete hogwash. I should think the latter to be true. Drawings of the assembled statue in France had already been published in the newspapers, so no imaging was needed. Later immigrants did not crane their necks skyward as the statue was in the distance about a mile away from their destination at Ellis Island. Even with the heights of the base, pedastal, and statue combined the Statue is easily seen from the decks of ships and Ellis Island without any contortions or gymnastics whatsoever.

So, bless your heart, Anonymous (not Don), like the O-man, you're just plain wrong.