Deputy White House chief of staff Joel Kaplan, a key negotiator in the Senate immigration bill, told the Washington Post that there are "things in this bill that Republicans and conservatives have wanted for a long time."
Did he have any of the following items in mind?
Okay, maybe Kaplan was not referring to any of the above. Perhaps he meant that the Senate bill has begun a serious effort at assimilation, which many of us "have wanted for a long time." After all, the White House press office trumpeted, "Strengthening the Assimilation of Immigrants."
Title VII: Section 707 spells out the details. The term "assimilation" disappears; the concept of "Americanization" never appears; and the Euro-speak weasel word "integration" enters the text. Thus, 100 million federal dollars will be given to states and cities to award grants to "nonprofit organizations with experience working with immigrant communities" for "effective integration of immigrants into American society."
In plain language this means that the State of Illinois' Office of New Americans funnels federal funds to groups like La Raza and MALDEF. The type of "integration" that the new citizens will be learning can be gleaned from remarks of Jose Luis Gutierrez, the head of the Illinois Office of New Americans as reported in the Chicago Tribune April 6, 2007.
"The nation-state concept is changing. You don't have to say, 'I am Mexican,' or, 'I am American.' You can be a good Mexican citizen and a good American citizen and not have that be a conflict of interest. Sovereignty is flexible.:
Gutierrez is a dual citizen who is actively involved in Mexican politics. He votes in both the U.S. and Mexico and is active in political campaigns in both nations. His political allegiance is clearly divided. He will not choose the United States over Mexico. Remember this is the guy in charge of assimilation; sorry, I mean "integration." In short, the Senate bill can't even get assimilation right.
There is almost nothing in this bill that "Republicans and conservatives," Democrats and liberals, or Americans of any political persuasion "have wanted for a long time." What the American people have "wanted for a long time" in the five and half years since 9/11 is for the Bush administration to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to "provide for the common defense" by securing the borders and interior of the United States of America — in this solemn duty the administration has failed miserably.
By John Fonte
Reprinted with permission from National Review Online