My Immigration Bill: Sovereignty and Assimilation
If they think passing an immigration bill with something that looks like amnesty in it is going to result in a massive shift of Hispanic votes for them, then they’re listening to the wrong people. They’re listening to the wrong consultants, the wrong advisers. They’re listening to the same people who’ve advised them on nominating the wrong presidential candidates over the years. It would be the same mistake. What the Republicans need to be doing with immigration in my mind, just off the top of my head here? They need to fight for something they know they can’t get simply because they don’t have the numbers.
They need to be fighting for something called the sovereignty of United States border. It ought to have something in it like this. Again, I’m just thinking of the moment, but I’m not thinking about something passing. I’m thinking about the Republicans needing something to be seen fighting for, even if they are gonna lose it — and it’s something like this: “You know, we’ve got ten to 12, 20, whatever it is, million immigrants in the country. We’re not talking about deporting ‘em. Nobody is. But we’re gonna lock down this border, and we are going to reestablish this distinct American culture that immigrants in the past came to this country for.
“We are going to do everything we can to require assimilation. You’re gonna have to become American. If you cross that border legally, you’re gonna have to be able to hum some bars of the Star-Spangled Banner. You’re going to have to be able to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. You’re gonna have to know your ZIP code. You’re gonna have to be able to answer some questions about this nation’s history. You’re gonna have to know who George Washington is! You’re gonna have to know what the Civil War was about. You know, basic, simple things that everybody in this country’s taught in the first five years of school.
“If you don’t do any of these things, you do get sent back — and that border’s gonna be tight, and you sneak across that border and get caught, you’re sent home, and you have a red mark so you never get back. We are serious about the border, and we are serious about people who come here becoming Americans. We want people to come here and become Americans. We want people to come here and assimilate. We want people to come here and build this into the greatest nation ever again.” You can construct an immigration bill that spells out your belief in this country, that requires people coming here reflect those beliefs and learn them. You may never get it passed, but it’s something that you fight for.
It’s distinctive, and once again it draws a contrast between them and the Democrats who are simply looking for votes. Right now, that’s what everybody thinks the Republicans are doing, is simply looking for votes. So right now the cynics look at both parties as simply trolling for votes. “They don’t really care about the people that get here. It’s just the Democrats are gonna be a little bit nicer because they are the welfare state guys.” Well, position this as something like: “We’re looking for Americans; we’re not looking for votes. We’re looking to shore up and secure our border, and there are certain things that you gotta do once we let you across. If you get caught crossing illegally, you never get back in here.”
That word gets spread all over the world, and we adhere to that with the ones that do get here that we allow in — that we permit in — under the policy that we come up with. Next, we’ll deal with the assimilation of those who are here. Nobody’s talking deportation, but the border has got to be secured and shut down. As I say, this is just the most general of approaches here. When I say, “You need to be able to hum a few bars of the National Anthem,” I’m not being facetious. I’m serious! I’m using this as imagery. You’ve gotta become an American when you come here! You’ve gotta want to become an American. You gotta make a modicum of effort to become an American here.
‘Cause it’s the greatest place on the planet, and we want to keep it that way!
This is good for people who come here. It’s not punishment for them to have to do this. It’s what every immigrant in the past wanted when they came here. We simply reestablish that, and then we realize that immigration involves more than just people from the Southern Hemisphere. It involves people from Europe and Asia and everywhere. It’s not oriented toward one group of people. You fight for it! You know you’re gonna lose it with this current president and party, but you fight for it, and you give people a rallying cry. You define yourselves in the process, instead of simply running around and making it look like you also are trolling for votes, or that you want to be credited with compassion, and so forth.
Okay, so we let any ole person in as long as they can hum a song they don’t care about, recite an anthem they don’t believe, memorize a five digit number, and pass second grade American History class. That’ll show ‘em. What does “assimilation” really mean anymore? It sure doesn’t mean what it used to.
“Nobody’s talking deportation?” “It’s not oriented toward one group of people?” Then this plan is almost as useless as the rest of them.