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Representative McClintock's Response to Mexican President Calderon's Bashing of America E-mail

Editors Note: Many Americans were appalled on May 20, 2010 when Mexican President Felipe Calderon speaking before a joint session of Congress proceeded to lecture the United States critizing our immigration policy and specifically attacking Arizona’s new immigration law. President Calderon was greeted with a standing ovation by various officials of the Obama Administration and by many members of Congress. However, Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA) took exception to Calderon’s bashing of America and received permission to respond to the Mexican Presidents remarks. The following is Representative McClintocks’ rebuttal.

 

House Chamber, Washington, D.C.  May 20, 2010.  M. Speaker:

 I rise to take strong exception to the speech of the President of Mexico while in this chamber today. 

 The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderon’s behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.

 It is highly inappropriate for the President of Mexico to lecture Americans on American immigration policy, just as it would be for Americans to lecture Mexico on its laws.  

 It is obvious that President Calderon does not understand the nature of America or the purpose of our immigration law. 

Unlike Mexico’s immigration law -- which is brutally exclusionary -- the purpose of America’s law is not to keep people out.   It is to assure that as people come to the United States, they do so with the intention of becoming Americans and of raising their children as Americans. 

Unlike Mexico, our nation embraces immigration and what makes that possible is assimilation.

A century ago President Teddy Roosevelt put it this way.  He said:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." 

That is how we have built one great nation from the people of all the nations of the world.

The largest group of immigrants now comes from Mexico.  A recent RAND study discovered that during most of the 20th Century, while our immigration laws were actually enforced, assimilation worked and made possible the swift attainment of the American dream for millions of immigrants seeking to escape conditions in Mexico.

That is the broader meaning of our nation’s motto, “E Pluribus Unum” – from many people, one people, the American people.

 But there is now an element in our political structure that seeks to undermine that concept of “E Pluribus Unum.”  It seeks to hyphenate Americans, to develop linguistic divisions, to assign rights and preferences based on race and ethnicity, and to elevate devotion to foreign ideologies and traditions, while at the same time denigrating American culture, American values and American founding principles. 

In order to do so, they know that they have to stop the process of assimilation.  In order to do that, they must undermine our immigration laws. 

 It is an outrage that a foreign head of state would appear in this chamber and actively seek to do so.  And it is a disgrace that he would be cheered on from the left wing of the White House and by many Democrats in this Congress.

 Arizona has not adopted a new immigration law.  All it has done is to enforce existing law that President Obama refuses to enforce.  It is hardly a radical policy to suggest that if an officer on a routine traffic stop encounters a driver with no driver’s license, no passport, and who doesn’t speak English, that maybe that individual might be here illegally.

 And to those who say we must reform our immigration laws – I reply that we don’t need to reform them – we need to enforce them.  Just as every other government does.  Just as Mexico does.

 Above all, this is a debate of, by and for the American people.  If President Calderon wishes to participate in that debate, I invite him to obey our immigration laws, apply for citizenship, do what 600,000 LEGAL immigrants to our nation are doing right now, learn our history and our customs, and become an American.  And then he will have every right to participate in that debate. 

Until then, I would politely invite him to have the courtesy while a guest of this Congress to abide by the fundamental rules of diplomacy between civilized nations not to meddle in each other’s domestic debates.
 

 
Puerto Rico Statehood - A Bad Idea at a Terrible Time E-mail

            In my last letter to you, I described what appears to be an effort on the part of the elitists in Washington to replace American voters with tens of millions of non–English speaking new citizens.

            Their plan is to pass a massive amnesty for 30-40 million illegal aliens while, at the very same time, invite the Commonwealth of Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico to become a state

            Their scheme is to replace us with people who have little knowledge of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, or what it means to live in a nation where all citizens are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

            They are convinced that all of the new “citizens” they bring in will be grateful to them for being given the gift of U.S. citizenship, and more easily manipulated than Americans like you and me. 

            These politicians are well aware that the American people are preparing to throw many of them out of office at the next election. But rather than bend to the will of the American people, these arrogant Congressmen and Senators have decided to replace us with more pliable voters.  

            This month’s letter concerns statehood for Puerto Rico; what English First has been doing to stop it; and what you can do to help us ensure that the United States does not allow a Spanish-speaking island nation to become our 51st state.  

            Over the past few months, English First has fought fiercely in opposition to Puerto Rican statehood for some very important reasons. First, and most important, Puerto Ricans do not want statehood. They are quite happy living under the current status as a Commonwealth. 

Read more... [Puerto Rico Statehood - A Bad Idea at a Terrible Time]
 
87% Say English Should Be the Official Language of the United States E-mail

Editors Note:    The following report appeared in the May 11, 2010 edition of Rasmussen Reports.   We are sure that you will be heartened by the following poll results which clearly show that the overwhelming majority of the American people are with us in calling for English to be made the official language of the United States.  Our major problem continues to be the elite mentality that exists among the intelligentsia and the political class in our nation who remain unresponsive to the views of the American people.

Americans continue to overwhelmingly believe that English should be the official language of the United States and reject by sizable margins the idea that such a move is racist or a violation of free speech.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 87% of Adults favor making English the nation's official language. This is the highest level of support yet but in line with what voters have been saying for several years. Just nine percent (9%) disagree.

Eighty-three percent (83%) say a company doing business in this country should be allowed to require its employees to speak English. Eleven percent (11%) say companies should not be permitted to require their employees to speak English on the job. These views are unchanged from a year ago.

Only 10% of Americans say requiring people to speak English is a form of racism or bigotry. Eighty-four percent (84%) disagree and say that's not true.

Twelve percent (12%) believe that declaring English the official language would limit free speech in this country, but 78% feel otherwise and see no limits being placed on free speech.

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 7-8, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

The findings come at a time when President Obama and major Hispanic groups, among others, are protesting Arizona's new law empowering local police to stop those they suspect of being illegal immigrants. Despite national protests and threats of boycotting Arizona, 59% of U.S. voters continue to support the state law, which Arizona officials say is necessary because the federal government is not doing its job to halt illegal immigration. Fifty percent (50%), in fact, have an unfavorable opinion of those who protested the law in marches and rallies two weekends ago.

Support for English as the official language is high across all demographic groups.

However, Republicans consistently support it more strongly than Democrats and adults not affiliated with either party.

Ninety-five percent (95%) of those who work in the private sector think companies should be allowed to require their employees to speak English on the job, a view shared by just 69% of government employees.

Over 80% of whites, blacks and those of other racial and ethnic backgrounds agree that requiring people to speak English is not a form of racism or bigotry. These groups also agree by similar percentages that such a requirement is not a limit on free speech in this country.

Eighty percent (80%) of voters believe that those who move to America should adopt American culture. Again, this level of support has remained largely unchanged for years.

The president in remarks last July said that “instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English,” Americans “need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.” But Americans strongly disagree: Eighty-three percent (83%) place a higher priority on encouraging immigrants to speak English as their primary language. Just 13% take the opposite view and say it is more important for Americans to learn other languages.


 
S.991 Establishes Uniform Language Testing Standard E-mail

As Americans have witnessed in recent days, there are bills brought before the Congress that attempt to hide their true intent.  Their authors try to conceal the worst elements by making their bills thousands of pages long and full of cryptic and ambiguous language.

But there are also bills written by authors who are proud of their work and wish their bills to be understood by all.  They write their bills using exacting language so the law that follows will leave little room for litigation.

Such is the case for S.991, the English Language Unity Act sponsored by Senator James Inhofe.  In a mere four pages this bill accomplishes much.   While it recognizes the rich cultural diversity of our population, it points out that “the common thread binding individuals of differing backgrounds has been the English language.”

S.991 declares English the official language of the United States and then requires the Federal Government to conduct its operations, including all laws, public proceedings, regulations, publications, orders, actions, programs, and policies, only in English.

It establishes a uniform language testing standard that requires anyone seeking citizenship to be “able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the laws of the United States made in pursuance of the Constitution.”  And, of course, it requires that “All naturalization ceremonies shall be conducted in English.”

The bill is specific and self-executing, meaning that it even explains when and how it will commence.  In short, S.991, the English Language Unity Act of 2009, is perfect and stands in sharp contrast to the cumbersome, unintelligible bills brought forth by some legislators.

Having reviewed this bill many times, I cannot imagine why any U.S. Senator wouldn’t jump at the opportunity of adding his or her name as a cosponsor of this remarkable bill. 

The positive effects of this bill are enormous.  The establishment of a real language standard for naturalization could have a positive impact as well.  Future applicants would actually have to learn about our laws and our Constitution.  Non-English speakers would have to decide if they are willing to make the commitment to learn our language in order to become American citizens. 

If our government doesn’t take citizenship seriously, why should the applicant?  Will you help me push this important bill?  Will you help me persuade your Senators to become cosponsors or explain to us why not?  This is the moment.  Even though the Democrats are in control of both chambers of Congress and control the White House, this is the moment.  Why?

Because most incumbents, Republican and Democrat, are scared to death about the next election.  The anger and frustration across the nation is alarming to them.  They are wondering what they can do to appease the angry voters. 

They can vote for America by passing the English Language Unity Act, S.991.  And they will if you let them know how important this bill is to you. Please click here to send an email to your Senators.

If we all do our part, we can get it done.  Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

           

 

 
Vote Against H.R. 2499 Puerto Rico Statehood E-mail
   

ENGLISH FIRST WILL NEGATIVELY SCORE THE BURTON/YOUNG AMENDMENT ALLOWING BILINGUALISM.

 

The Burton/Don Young destructive amendment is meant to give cover to bilingualism.  Congressman Burton is reprising his role as spoiler on the English issue, which he played in March of 1998 when he gutted a good English amendment.

 

ENGLISH FIRST WILL NEGATIVELY SCORE A VOTE FOR THE PUERTO RICO STATEHOOD BILL SINCE THE RULES COMMITTEE PROHIBITED ALL OF THE GOOD ENGLISH AMENDMENTS THAT WERE PROPOSED.

English as America’s official language is one of America’s consistently highest polling issues, bringing moderates and liberals and conservatives together.

Remember our American heritage, such as when, to become a state, French-speaking Louisiana accepted English as its constitutional language of government and the courts.

Respect the concept of assimilation into American culture which the Burton/Young amendment and this bill would destroy.

Wake up about the fiscal burden this Puerto Rican statehood vote would put on all of our current states’ citizens.  Take the time to assess the real cost of Puerto Rico statehood.  Your constituents will want this answer from you and will ask repeatedly.

Support the Second Amendment—another powerful issue with immense support—where Puerto Rico is lacking.

Do not ignore the history of the “Tennessee Plan”—the aggressive procedural tactic to elect federal Senators and Representatives, send them to Washington and demand that they be seated before even be admitted as a state, which tactic has been used by 7 states (Tennessee, Michigan, Iowa, California, Oregon, Kansas and Alaska)—and the official adoption of the “Tennessee Plan” by the Puerto Rican statehood party (the New Progressive Party).

Do not be lulled by use of the term “plebiscite” and its association to “plebe” (trainee) to diffuse the harsh reality that today’s vote is the actual one that counts.  It’s game-time, not scrimmage-time.

Do not suspend consistency and logic in pushing for constant votes for one territory’s status yet not for America’s others.

Territorial status is supported by the Puerto Ricans now as it was in votes in 1952, 1967, 1993, and 1998.  Do not allow a rigged process to delude people into thinking that even one legitimate pollster or statistician would condone the divide-and-conquer survey methodology to defeat commonwealth status via aggregating all other options with statehood in the 1st vote and finishing off those others in a 2nd vote.  That kind of crooked questioning wouldn’t even cut it in a push poll.  It’s just not a clean, simple, straightforward way to ask what people want.

Do not endorse a “railroading of a self-determination process,” as says Jose A. Hernandez-Mayoral who has served as Secretary of Federal and International Affairs for the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico, for something as honorable as American statehood.

Do not mistakenly try to “strategerize” a Presidential general-election victory map by inserting the green voting card of assent, thereby angling for Puerto Rico’s electoral votes which would greater than or equal to most of the current states. 

Rest assured, any who succumb to such foolish temptation will be dinged by pro-America raters across the board, including English First.  Any who so succumb will be lambasted in debates regarding trades of principles for politics and will struggle in a Presidential primary.

 

 
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