By Carol Rushton

Oh the horror! The infamy! The disgrace! The outrage! The tragedy! The scorn! The stigma! The ignominy! (Can you tell I’m exaggerating?)

This has been the blatant, over-the-top reaction of politicians, the media, Hollywood (who should keep their mouths shut considering what’s been revealed about the movie industry lately), and anyone who could grab a microphone the last several days concerning the president’s comments about the flood of illegal aliens who are invading our borders.

It is amazing that the same Democrats who are supposedly so shocked by words as quoted by some of those who were in a recent meeting with President Trump were never appalled or offended when Bill Clinton was rolling around on the floor in the Oval Office with anyone wearing a skirt. Yet a blunt description of countries that are so bad many of their citizens are willing to risk death to flee them and never return offends these Democrats’ sensitive and delicate natures. I am not so naïve to believe that these politicians have NEVER said this or even worse. Their hypocrisy is astounding.

I confess I would not have used the exact words that President Trump used to describe extremely impoverished countries and their citizens, if indeed the president said what he is accused of. But the president is essentially right.

The literacy rate of many third-world countries is low. The U.N. reported in 2014 that one in every four people in what it calls “developing” countries cannot read or write in their native language. For instance, the adult literacy rate in Haiti between 2008 and 2012 was less than 50% according to the U.N.

Many of the poor in Central America, South America, and Africa fleeing the disintegrating civil societies in countries such as Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, and similar nations cannot read or write the language they speak. If a person is not literate in their own language, it is almost impossible to learn another language, no matter how hard you try, unless you are transported from the country of your birth to another country at a very young age. How in the world is someone supposed to get a job, much less keep it, beyond washing dishes or janitorial positions and contribute to that country’s society and culture if they cannot write or read the language of the country in which they live?

I speak from some experience on how hard it is to learn a second language. Even though I was extremely literate in English, I had an incredibly difficult time learning Hebrew when I moved to Israel in the 1990s. I was the worst student in my beginning Hebrew classes, and not because I was trying to be. I would study for hours and hours without being able at first to remember anything. The sounds of the language were so foreign I could not absorb them at first. They were such a shock to my ears, it took me several minutes before I could pay attention to my teacher, and by that time, I was completely lost. It took me years just to learn the Hebrew alphabet. I eventually learned enough Hebrew to communicate and hold a conversation with someone but it took years of study and determination on my part.

I lived in Israel for a total of almost 8 years and never became fluent in Hebrew. Think of someone moving to a country who is not literate in their own language. Overcoming the language barrier would be almost impossible. Without being literate in a country different from your birth country, you will never actually become a part of your new country. You will never absorb that country’s culture, traditions, history, and heritage.

Public schools in the United States are now full of children who speak languages other than English. For example, in Dallas County, Texas alone, it is estimated that at least people from13 different language groups live in that county. You would expect Spanish would be the foreign language spoken the most, but other languages as varied as Korean, Urdu, and Arabic are found in Dallas County as well. In fact, according to Wikipedia, Vietnamese is the third most common language spoken in the State of Texas, with Chinese being the fourth, and Hindi the fifth.

If you think this influx of different cultures and languages into our public schools is not having a detrimental effect, think again. In 2010, a San Jose, California public school punished several students who had the audacity to wear American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo Day. (By the way, why is an American school observing a Mexican event in the first place?) Although Americans across the country were outraged, the Supreme Court upheld the right of the school to punish the students. What??!!!

Well-known author, professor, and columnist Victor Davis Hanson is a resident of California. His book, Mexifornia, details how unlimited illegal immigration is destroying this beautiful region, known as the Golden State. Hanson writes, “coupled with a loss of confidence in the old melting pot model of transforming newcomers into Americans, is changing the very nature of state. Yet we Californians have been inadequate in meeting this challenge, both failing to control our borders with Mexico and to integrate the new alien population into our mainstream.” On a recent edition of the Mark Levin Radio Show, a truck driver who travels throughout West Coast states reported there are pockets in these states in which it is hard to find anyone who speaks English. Uncontrolled illegal immigration is changing the nature of our country and not in a good way.

Lest you think I am being unduly harsh concerning those who are fleeing collapsing countries for our own, you have probably never heard about Mexico’s immigration laws which are among the strictest in the world. In Mexico, it is a felony to be an illegal alien. If you want to legally emigrate to Mexico, you must follow their requirements, which are stated below. I quote from a May 8, 2006 article on the Human Events website, “Mexico’s Immigration Law: Let’s Try It Here at Home.” All foreigners must:

  1. (be) in the country legally;

  2. have the means to sustain themselves economically;

  3. not destined to be burdens on society;

  4. (be) of economic and social benefit to society;

  5. of good character and have no criminal records; and

  6. (be) contributors to the general well-being of the nation.

The law also ensures that:

  1. immigration authorities have a record of each foreign visitor;

  2. foreign visitors do not violate their visa status;

  3. foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country’s internal politics;

  4. foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported;

  5. foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported;

  6. those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.

Even unbridled legal immigration is a problem. Americans may not be that there are parts of Paris that are designated as “no-go zones” in which Muslims have taken over entire neighborhoods to the point that the streets are completely shut down on Fridays with wall-to-wall men in Middle Eastern praying on the ground. But there are parts of New York City and other American cities where this same phenomenon is now occurring.

Dearborn, Michigan is now essentially a Muslim city. In 2010, a New Jersey judge refused to issue a restraining order to protect a woman from her Muslim ex-husband because the ex-husband was following his Muslim religious beliefs that allowed him to sexually abuse her while they were married. While a higher court thankfully overruled the judge’s abominable decision, this is just the beginning. In 2008, Yaser Said murdered his two beautiful, teenage daughters on New Year’s Day because they becoming too much like typical American teenage girls, wearing American clothes, and dating boys. To this day, he still has not been caught and made to pay for his crime. Sadly, both cases are typical of Muslim religious practice.

Sharia law is incompatible with our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. This is why most religious Muslims do not assimilate well in other countries, including the U.S. All you have to do is look at what has happened in Europe over the last few years for abundant proof of that last statement. The Koran and other Islamic religious writings do not accept the right of others to make their own religious decisions and worship God how they choose – or choose not to. Sharia law demands every person in the world accept Allah or be killed. This goes against the religious freedom heritage the United States has known as far back as the Pilgrims who landed in Massachusetts in 1620. Muslims such as Dr. Zuhdi Jasser and others are to be commended for their loyalty to the U.S. and their fight against radical Islamic extremism, but they are part of a small minority.

While the United States makes exceptions for those who are escaping tyrannical regimes due to religious and/or political persecution, no one born outside our country has the automatic right to come and live in the U.S. For instance, I love Israel probably more than anyone in the entire world. But as much as I love Israel and Israelis, an Israeli does not have the unquestionable right to come to the United States and live here, much less become a United States citizen, even if I think they might be a great contribution to our country.

The United States has the right to determine and decide who enters our country and who does not; who should become a citizen and who should not. Being a United States citizen is an honor and privilege, not something everyone in the world deserves or should have.

No country, no nation can survive wave upon wave upon wave of thousands of illegal aliens flooding its country year after year after year. If something is not done very soon to stop the current trend, the United States will eventually become a third world country similar to the ones these illegals are fleeing from and will not be able to help anyone.

Although Theodore Roosevelt was our first progressive president, he did get one thing right, and that was immigration. Roosevelt 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.”