Immigration, the Founders, in their own words…not so politically correctPosted: December 19, 2013
Today it is our intention to summarize what the actual words the Founders used regarding immigration to the United States of America during the time that they were literally charting the course, direction, written documentation to support why they felt as they did during their time of nation making.
As a sidebar or opening decree we would also like to illustrate how matters as they witnessed them that justified their attitudes and perspectives and, how differently these same issues are observed and handled with today’s government officials.
According to analyst Bob Beckel, the U.S. should stop issuing education visa’s to students in other nations. Accordingly, until the visas that are out now – that are allegedly missing, lost, or unavailable – it is basically until your citizens have the common courtesy to either return to their nation of origin, and in so returning their visa’s to the Department of State or DHS. Subsequently, not another student will have the benefit and privilege of studying at an American college or university. (That is real reform.)
Washington believed and his approach, shared by most of the founding generation, had two main features. First, America should generously welcome as equal citizens people from many nations and religions. Second, the numbers and kinds of immigrants may need to be limited with a view to the qualities of character required for democratic citizenship.
Here at The Contemplative Thinker where we mention anyone from the founding generation we feel is important. Why you might ask…? Because we have found no other way that demonstrates the differences in America’s culture, values, morals, and ethics than those who originally set-up the nation in the first place; moreover, these individuals kept writing, communicating, and journalized better than any leader in the history of this country.
It is from the personal papers of Jefferson, Madison, as well as pamphlets and intricate journals from Hamilton whilst never leaving Benjamin Franklin out of any proceeding of historical nature insofar as he certainly did not.
In fact we know much about Benjamin Franklin’s immigration policies that were communicated in his own words. As early as the 1750s Franklin had worried about the problem of immigrant numbers as an obstacle to assimilation earlier when large numbers of German settlers threatened to transform the character of Pennsylvania, writing:
“Those who come hither are generally of the most ignorant stupid-sort of their own nation…Not being used to liberty, they know not how to make a modest use of it…[In elections] they come in droves, and carry all before them, except in one or two counties…In short, unless the stream of their importation could be turned from this to other colonies…they will soon so outnumber us, that all the advantages we have will not in my opinion be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious…Yet I am not for refusing entirely to admit them into our colonies; all that seems to be necessary is to distribute them equally, mix them with the English, establish English schools where they are now to thick settled.”
Washington and his founding associates far more than being concerned about the immigrants character, he and many of his founding associates were very concerned about the potential problem created when too many foreigners settle at one time in one location. As such he wrote a letter to Vice President John Adams:
“And by so doing, they retain the language, habits, and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them. Whereas by an inter-mixture without people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures, and laws: in a word, soon to become one people.” We believe that this concept has not changed all that much; moreover, when we witness “wars on Christmas, as well as Planned Parenthood, decorations, or anything that remotely resembles the holiday season has become taboo — like candy canes being connotated with religion is preposterous!”
In a speech in the first Congress of 1790, James Madison welcomed immigrants to citizenship, but “believed it necessary to guard against abuses. (Emphasis added by writer.) They should induce the worthy of mankind to come the object being to increase the wealth and strength of the country. Those who would weaken it were not wanted.” Therefore Madison favored the law, which was soon approved, establishing a residency requirement for foreigners wishing to become citizens.
What President Madison was saying is that there was no cause whatsoever to grant asylum or even allow an immigrant that was capable of abusing the good of the nation. He was directly stating “No! We will not terminate or adjust cost of living allowances for retired American veterans…insofar as to make accommodations for an entitlement called Welfare for those who are present illegally.
Furthermore, Madison much the same as Franklin did earlier, as well as Jefferson, Washington, and Alexander Hamilton espoused and made recorded history by stating that those who needed or would weaken the nation simply were not needed. Now as we look at government spending how much are illegal immigrants receiving in entitlements? What we are establishing is this: No! Nancy Pelosi any and all illegals and /or undocumented immigrants should be deported.