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Editor, the Advocate:

Immigration seems to be ever present in current political and public debate, yet little mention is made about the effects it has upon migrants’ assimilation into American society.

For more than 200 years, our societal and cultural traditions and values served as a beacon to humanity, inspiring millions to come in search of a better life. As immigrant populations ebbed and flowed over time, what followed were periods of integration and assimilation into the populace. And, assimilation traditionally meant “Americanization,” whereby the immigrant became a person who shared America’s principles, values, beliefs and customs; typically learned to speak and write in English; adjusted to American culture; and contributed to advancing and making the country better for all.

The immigrant influx seen today is different, and the processes and institutions related to their assimilation differ from that of earlier decades.

Seemingly, the trend is for no assimilation into America whatsoever, and the current wave of immigrants become residents not because they are attracted to America’s culture and creed but solely because they are attracted to our government’s social welfare and affirmative action programs. Many choose to remain noncitizens, seeing no incentive for citizenship. And, in their arrogance, they demonstrate the false belief that U. S. immigration laws and rules do not apply to them.

Unfortunately, assimilation no longer means Americanization, and our children and future generations are likely to see America’s character being greatly determined by language, culture and ways of life borne within the countries of immigrant origin, not America. To our detriment, this issue is also being magnified by some within the U. S. Congress abandoning American culture to promote multiculturalism and constituting laws and policies promoting and protecting the practice of balkanized groups with their infinite array of grievances.

What is most worthy of concern is that uncontrolled immigration and hostility towards assimilation will eventually disunite and unravel the America most of recognize. The phrase E Pluribus Unum, “out of many, one,” shall cease to be the centerpiece of the Great Seal of the United States of America.

The Constitution of the United States of America allows for every person in every generation to make this country better for everyone. The choice is ours, and the destiny of our great republic resides within us.

Respectfully,

Bobby D. Whitefield, Victoria

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gregory goetz

This is not for publication in the actual paper, please, just online to a small audience and the published writer. Is immigration a function of people moving in on other people? What if people moved in on non-human descendants of human ancestors? Such as South American monkeys? Did the Siberian humans who first populated the western hemisphere 15,000 y ago refuse to assimilate with the SA monkeys' ancestors? Shame! If you are a full-blooded SA monkey you can complain of immigrants. If you are a full-blooded descendant of these human Siberian migrants of 15,000y ago, then you can complain of these latecomers who won't take on the culture of your Siberian ancestors. If you happen to be a full-blooded "Native American" descendant of those of AD 1492 minus 1, then you can complain of those latecomers who won't blend in. If you are not in either of those 3 groups(e.g. you or your ancestors came from Europe in the last 500y), then your ancestors are immigrants. No doubt, logically, your ancestors refused to assimilate immediately and fully. Someone gave them a break. Maybe people like some of your ancestors. Good thing Trump wasn't there to ask us to hate them(his ancestors were), or we could be a REALLY GREAT NATION. Full of Siberian descendants only. Or South American monkeys only. I get confused and make mistakes. Please, anyone correct me.

Pat Tally

Have you spend any time speaking with immigrants to this country? Legal immigrants and second generation immigrants like those now appearing in positions of responsibility in our government, education system, entertainment industry, health care facilities and the like? They followed the pathways to citizenship that were afforded them and all will tell you it is complicated and takes a long time. Many had to come as single individuals because our legal Immigrants process can be random, allowing only one or two family members to enter the country at a time. That’s our legal, go to the US embassy and apply to come to the USA process. Immigrants currently trying to enter under the umbrella of asylum or even illegally are not afforded a path to citizenship nor are they eligible for welfare programs. Perhaps their desire to become American citizens runs into prejudice and downright racial hatred such as that displayed at Trump’s latest rally. That would certainly replace my fervor with fear and misgiving. What has changed is not the hearts of immigrant populations but the welcoming hearts of Americans.

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