- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 9, 2006

With last week’s debacle on immigration reform, the character of the U.S. Senate, to paraphrase Frederick Douglass, never looked blacker. The exclusive Club of 100 misled not only the American people, but the very immigrants who, having legally entered the country, hope to become Americans.

The Senate “leaders” are placing America in a compromising position. Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader, had stood as an immediatist, leading the way on border-security issues that knocked amnesty off the top of the legislative heap. We were so preoccupied with the honorable stars and stripes that we didn’t see the red flag: Mr. Frist had joined the Democrats’ camp, where none other than President Bush stood alongside Sens. Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy and John McCain (he the warrior with presidential aspirations).

The insurrection in the Senate won’t hold off today’s planned demonstrations, whose drink and red meat is in behalf of neither la causa nor la raza, but to a grass-roots effort to force Americans — whether born of this nation or another — to purely and with all deliberate speed ignore our own creed.

With all the commitment we can muster, it is in times as these that Americans need to draw on the words of the red-blooded Teddy Roosevelt: “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 man’s becoming in very fact 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.”

Where stand Americans?

If law and order are not sustained along the southern border — if there is no justice — there is no peace. Congress ignored the many hues in the civil rights movement, and European cries before entering World War II. Now our “leaders” are turning deaf ears to American pleas — pleas articulated in poll after poll after poll. Their collective guilt following the former led to a Democratic lock on Congress, and we all know that inaction can lead to unintended consequences. After all, “the Palestinian question” remains just that so many decades later. Barack Obama, a Senate newbie, and Bruce Gordon, president of Julian Bond’s NAACP, and some other black “leaders” who finally are speaking up, have said we must offer immigrants a welcome hand in the name of humanitarianism. The lawlessness on the border is a hard slap in the face of every single person who left her homeland and came through America’s front door.

America was not birthed easily, nor has its sustenance solely rested on the plate of “and freedom and justice for all.” Yet, amid four centuries of turmoil and sometimes indigestible dissension — much like that which we are facing in the Great Immigration Debate in the halls of Congress — we have always united around being American. Let us not forget what that means. As William Tyler Page, a Marylander who, in 1917, amid the “War to End All Wars,” penned these words: “I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”

That is the American’s Creed.

Mr. McCain, Mr. Kennedy and others are fond of pointing out that people who cross over from Mexico are hard-working folk in search of the American dream, people who are trying to feed and educate their families. Well, let me ask them this: If a white junkie carjacks an SUV to drive his children to school and wife to work, does the law give him a pass on felony charges? If a black man steals five steaks to feed his five children, do we give him a pass?

Justice is blind. Right? Wouldn’t a Brit be jailed for breaking immigration laws?

The immigration crisis stemming from our border with Mexico isn’t about la raza; brown and black are one and the same. Hispanic magazine has Andy Garcia, a Cuban actor, and Ebony magazine has Coretta Scott King.

The immigration business at hand is about la causa — a cause in the name of law and order. It is a revolution that is being televised live and in living color from coast to coast.

And if the members of the Club of 100, wherever lay the roots of their individual ancestries, don’t see that, then America is at risk of becoming a nation without a creed.

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