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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Is American citizenship worth nothing?

There was a somewhat impassioned debate on a swimming website recently about whether and how swimming scholarships to foreign athletes should be allowed. At the moment there are no restrictions, but there is a groundswell of sentiment here for reserving such scholarships for Americans. (There are no foreign universities which offer swimming scholarships to American students.)

My initial reaction was that publicly-funded universities should not be giving away American tax dollars to foreign athletes, but that private colleges should be allowed to do as they please.

A friend, Bob Smartt, suggested that we limit foreign scholarships to three per team and also set an upper age limit, so that foreign swimmers have to swim against Americans their own age, and we not have the phenomenon of 20-year-old Americans having to compete at NCAA's against 25-year-old foreigners. (He also pointed out that virtually every private college gets all sorts of grants from the government for research, etc.)

That sounds reasonable to me, though I'd probably limit it to one or two scholarships for foreign swimmers per team.

America is far too generous with both its scholarships and its citizenships. We're generous with both because we can afford to be, but no country which gives away its wealth can remain wealthy for long.

Our border security is lax simply because our economy is strong enough to withstand the invasion of the lower IQ's who come here seeking opportunity and/or welfare.

Strength begets prosperity, which begets self-indulgence, which attracts invaders, which eventually brings the downfall of the empire. It's happened before, and will happen again.

We should be more like the Swiss, who require that you live in their country for 17 years before they even consider you for citizenship. At that point they ask your neighbors about you and you have to prove that you would be a worthwhile addition to their country.

Or perhaps we should follow Mexico's lead. At the same time they demand we open our borders to them, they close their own borders to their southern neighbors. In Mexico, anybody who enters the country illegally has committed a felony punishable by two years in jail. Anybody who enters the country a second time is subject to a ten year jail sentence. Law enforcement personnel at every level are obligated to enforce Mexico's immigration laws, and all citizens must carry an identification card.

Mexico's legal immigration policy is that new citizens are allowed in only "according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress." They must have "the necessary funds for their sustenance" and for that of any dependents. Foreigners can be barred from entering if it is found that their numbers "affect the equilibrium of national demographics" and "if they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy." A Mexican who marries a foreigner just so that the foreigner can get the equivalent of a green card is himself subject to five years imprisonment.

We are the only country in the world whose immigration policy is based on what is good for the immigrant rather than what is good for our country.


Anonymous said...

I agree 100%. I think that immigration is at the top of the list of America's problems. That is both "legal", as well as "illegal", immigration. As you pointed out, acquiring USA citizenship status is made far too easy, especially when compared to the rigid requirements and restrictions of other countries. On this issue, the USA would do well to follow the style of other, less "progressive" nations, which a) require that the foreign applicant for citizenship has something of value to contribute to the future of the host nation; b)ascertain whether the applicant has entered into the country illegally, and, if they have, are subject to harsh and stiff penalties.

John Craig said...

Thank you. Unfortunately, the people who are putting together this legislation do not have America's best interests at heart.

bluffcreek1967 said...

Cesar Millan, the popular TV 'Dog Whisperer,' recently stated he's a global citizen, one without borders. It's hypocritical how Mexican illegal aliens (as Millan once was before gaining citizenship in 2009) will call for open borders in America, yet cringe at the thought of the same occurring in their beloved Mexico.

I don't fault Mexico enforcing its immigration laws and protecting its borders. This is proper and right for any responsible and sovereign nation. I just wish the U.S. federal government would feel the same.

John Craig said...

Ambrose --

I hadn't heard that about Milan, in fact didn't even know that he had been an illegal alien. And you're right, what a hypocrite. What's good for the goose....

Anonymous said...

Its easy to understand the Democrat support for granting citizenship to illegal immigrants, they will vote Democrat by a large margin and be consumers of the big-government programs Democrats thrive on providing.

For Republicans its long term political suicide but somehow they continue to support it anyway. Maybe its because big business benefits from cheap labor from illegal immigrants, or from the downward pressure illegals put on salaries.

How about a common sense policy: if real national unemployment is above 5%, no immigration (legal or naturalization of illegals) will be allowed. Its time for the US to start looking out for its current citizens - most of whom are financially stagnated or worse.

- Ed

John Craig said...

Ed --
The argument that Hispanics are natural Republicans" is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. They come in at the bottom of the economic ladder, and they're supposed to vote for the party of less taxes and less welfare?

The Democrats' agenda is perfectly clear.

I like your suggested guideline.