The latest assault on the concept of American citizenship: calling illegal immigrants “undocumented Americans.”
That’s the fresh term used Wednesday by incumbent Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey on the floor of the United States Senate in a debate about the status of the so-called “Dreamers,” illegal immigrants brought over as minors.
Menendez faces reelection this fall in a strong (Hillary beat Trump by 13 points) Democratic state: New Jersey. But he recently went through criminal trial on federal corruption charges that ended in a hung jury last fall, and the Justice Department recently decided not to retry him.
The emotional plea of the purportedly-victimized Dreamers obscures many highly-alarming truths.
First, as to their claim to be victims: The Dreamers are victims.
They are victims of their own lawbreaking parents.
And when you hear the taunts of “family values” from Democrats-cum-Marxists, ask what type of family values are in evidence from illegals being deported, who would leave their children behind?
Second, calling any illegal an American is to degrade the term, degrade the concept of citizenship and degrade existing Americans. Why stop at the border? Why not argue that everyone on the planet is an American — and by extension, that Americans’ “exceptionalism” compels us to be “our brothers’ keeper” with all seven billion people on the planet?
Who gets to set American immigration policy? Is it Americans? Or the rest of the world?
And let’s ask the common sense but hardly ever articulated questions that need to be asked.
If Americans must admit the entire world, no questions asked, but cannot enjoy the reciprocal “right to flee” to a distant land where individual rights and liberties will still be respected, then hasn’t America become just one large prison camp, existing for Americans to work, increasingly to suffer the burden of supporting the rest of the planet who travel here at their leisure and whim and leave their refuse here when they leave?
At that point, are we really all that different from the notorious prison camps in North Korea?