by Dustin Siggins | May 4, 2014 8:50 pm
This is, of course, a common argument — that many illegal immigrants are “culturally” Americans, having been in America for years or having been born here. And on a human level, I have a great deal of sympathy for that position.
But for VP Biden to say that they are Americans, despite lacking citizenship and choosing to follow our nation’s rule of law, is a long step too far:
The Miami Dade College graduates from two campuses and their families, 2,000 strong, cheered as a procession of 39 flags from their home countries, entered the gym and opened the program. Biden acknowledged that he was addressing many immigrants and the children and grandchildren of immigrants, many from South America and the Caribbean.
Biden said a “constant, substantial stream of immigrants” is important to the American economy, urging citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
“That’s why we have to act to bring 11 million people out of the shadows and put them on a path to citizenship,” Biden said. “These people are already Americans.”
I’ll consider taking this argument seriously when the administration stops violating the rule of law and the intents behind laws. Until then, Biden’s words are just getting lost in the corruption that seems to be in the D.C. water.
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