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:
(be) in the country legally;
have the means to sustain themselves economically;
not destined to be burdens on society;
(be) of economic and social benefit to society;
of good character and have no criminal records; and
(be) contributors to the general well-being of the nation.
The law also ensures that:
immigration authorities have a record of each foreign visitor;
foreign visitors do not violate their visa status;
foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country’s internal politics;
foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported;
foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported;
those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.