I am a third generation American. My great grandfather Jakub came to the United States from Poland in 1902. (Coincidentally, Theodore Roosevelt, my namesake, was president at the time.) When he stepped off the boat at Ellis Island, he had ten dollars in his pocket, and told the immigration officials that he was a laborer, going to live with his brother-in-law. Settling with his family in Derby, Connecticut, he found work tending to the boilers that provided power to a local factory.
Jakub was not a wealthy man, but he lived the American Dream. He provided for eight children, and his home was popular with other boys and girls in the neighborhood, because he and his wife offered fresh fruit as a treat to anyone who would stop by. He respected the rule of law, having come here legally.
People from all over the world come to America to make a better life for themselves and their families, but nobody can live the American Dream without first having respect for the law. The rule of law makes the American Dream possible.
Conservative Principles of Immigration
The immigrant who comes to America legally and in good faith, who carries the spirit of America in his heart, deserves the honor of calling himself American, and it is the duty of every other American to welcome him with the National respect.
To become an American citizen, it does not matter where a man was born, it only matters that he pledges allegiance to the American flag, and holds the rule of law in high enough regard to submit himself to it. A person who comes here illegally does not have regard for the law, and is a danger to the American spirit, as he degrades the national respect for democracy.
Legal immigrants are part of the Soul of America, and it is a moral duty to honor them as we do all Americans.
Ending the Sanctuary State
The Sanctuary State is not just a public safety hazard, it is a moral failure. This policy accepts people who came to America illegally, and then committed more crime, as worthy of being American. It is the official policy of the State of California that respect for the rule of law is not a part of the American Spirit, and that is a policy that I cannot let stand, not just as a legislator, but as an American citizen.
It’s time to start fighting back against the Sanctuary State. This law keeps more dangerous criminals on the streets, and degrades the American Dream. We’ve seen too many tragedies: illegal immigrants, who should have been deported, get released from jail, only to go hurt or kill innocent American citizens. I cannot stand by and watch our country die from the inside.
For his silence after every murder, for putting his political ambition before his country, and for not even acknowledging the pain of those who have lost their family members to this violence, Gavin Newsom is a coward.
Ending the Sanctuary State is a moral duty.
Thank you to my aunt Kathy, who keeps diligent records of family history.
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