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What is a "Real" American?: Left of Center View

There just aren't that many real Americans left. Turns out most of the real Americans were wiped out by wave after wave of immigrants. Honestly, almost everyone in this country either is themselves an immigrant, or at the very least a direct descendant of one. Proud American families who spend their vacations visiting the old country are in fact the result of immigration at some point or another. It’s all right to be proud of your heritage. It’s even better to take pride in and get involved in your community. Be proud to call yourself an American, just realize you’re not the first to do so.

It would be easy to turn this into a rant about the atrocities committed against Native Americans. Calling the first residents of our continent "Indians" seems a little silly. After all it was because he was lost that the guy who "discovered" them so named them. Let's just say the natives got screwed by immigration and leave it at that.

Instead, let's all just take a minute to realize that if things don't turn around soon we're all just as screwed as our hosts were. America is not real good at adversity. We're not used to being in second place, but with the establishment of the European Union, that's where we currently find ourselves. And what do we do about it? Why blame the immigrants of course.

Blame, it’s the one commodity we're still able to produce in abundance. The mistake here is that in previous periods of hardship, it has been the hard work and ingenuity of fresh arrivals that has been instrumental in pulling the country out of its tailspin. Thousands of Irish fleeing the famine in the 1860s found themselves drafted into the union army the moment they stepped off the boat, while hundreds of faceless Chinese immigrants built the railroad that the country would ride to prosperity.

Immigrants built this country. They came for the unique promise known as the American dream. They did the jobs that nobody else wanted to do. They built communities and raised children, many of whom had children that will never learn to speak their grandparents’ native tongue. So while it may be time for us to discuss and perhaps change our policies on immigration, we should keep in mind that those born into citizenship are no more American than those required to earn their citizenship. Try telling any one of the members of our military currently serving around the globe, who happen not to have been born into citizenship that they are not a “Real” American.


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Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
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Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
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Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
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What is a "Real" American?: Right of Center View

What does it mean to be a “real” American? I guess that would depend on who is asking and who is being asked the question. For some Americans, the definitions they have of being a “real” American include; serving their country and believing in Jesus Christ as the sole savior for humanity. For other Americans it means working hard for a living and not bothering those around you with your personal beliefs on God and Politics. For many it is simply a matter of birthright.

I personally think that being a “real” American means to embrace the principles of liberty and freedom and making sure that the people who lead us do likewise. “Real” Americans read their Constitution in whatever language they need to read it in and know what the words mean. “Real” Americans vote not just sometimes but every time and make sure that the people who support their ideals are the ones they support. “Real” Americans read and are informed and make an effort to be more than just travelers riding the train of life until it’s time to get off. “Real” Americans care about more than just what they can get from government. They care about what they need to give back in order to preserve the freedoms we hold most dear.

In this climate of political debates about the status of illegal immigrants, never do we hear about what responsibility average voting Americans have for the problems existing. It is time we begin talking about the responsibilities of freedom that are supposed to go hand in hand with the rights we all love to talk about. Americans seem to have forgotten that taking part in government is what makes democracy work. In most elections less than 50% of people eligible to vote actually take the time to do it. That is beyond pathetic.

Those of you who don’t vote should be ashamed of yourselves and completely silent on any issues. While Americans do have the right to free speech and free opinion we also have the responsibility to take part in our system of government. If you choose to not bother yourself with politics and voting you have not earned the right to complain that the system doesn’t work right. Those of us who vote in every election no matter how limited in scope have earned our right to complain when the system doesn’t work the way we want it to work. We took the time to learn about the issues and vote responsibly. We unquestionably earned the right. Who are the “real” Americans? The voters are.

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Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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