Arizona is the nation’s epicenter of illegal immigration, with more than 400,000 illegal aliens. The state’s border with Mexico is awash with smugglers and drugs that funnel narcotics and illegal immigrants throughout the U.S., and supporters of the new law say the influx of illegal migrants drains vast sums of money from hospitals, education and other services. And although our current national leadership does not want to perform its roll or duties because of a professed “federal inaction” why do American citizens need to endure this inaction?
Back in 1787 Congress was charged with the power to establish a uniform “Rule of Naturalization”… (Article I, Section 8, Clause 4). Few powers are more fundamental to sovereignty than the control over immigration and the vesting of citizenship in aliens, the process we call “naturalization.” However it does seem so – rather obviously – that the notion of sovereignty is outdated by our current leadership.
Even earlier, eleven years to be precise, in 1776 according to the Declaration of Independence, “obstructing the Laws for the Naturalization of Foreigners” was one of the grievances that led the American colonists to break with Britain. Did you know that in the Articles of Confederation each state retained authority over the naturalization of aliens? Well with the revolution and the influx of literally millions of foreigner’s the states became over-burdened with the process. Therefore, as James Madison prepared for the Constitutional Convention there was virtually no opposition to moving the naturalization power to the new ‘National Government.’
During the ratification debates for the U.S. Constitution there were many Anti-Federalists who raised the issue and James Madison seemed to speak the sentiment of most when at the Convention he expressed his wish “to invite foreigners of merit & republican principles among us. America was indebted to emigration for her settlement & prosperity.”
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