I had sort of made a plan to stop trying to comprehend the twisted thought processes that make up our current President’s decisions. But why would any US President believe that American’s do not need to feel honor bound to defend our nation?
As America welcomes new citizens through our time honored process of having immigrants swear their allegiance to our great nation, our expectation is that they would fight and, if necessary, die to keep their fellow citizens safe. Indeed, immigrants seeking to become citizens have always pledged to “bear arms on behalf of the United States.”
[Source: Obama Invites 18.7 Million Immigrants to Avoid Oath of Allegiance, Pledge to Defend America, by Tom Tancredo]
However, Mr. Obama doesn’t see it that way. Barack has what can only be called an “expansive interpretation of executive authority.” He has decided that legal immigrants seeking citizenship through the nation’s Naturalization process are now exempt from the key part of the Oath of Allegiance requiring them to bear arms in defense of the Nation.
They can opt out of that part of the Oath, just as he mentally opted out of the part of his Oath where he “solemnly swore” to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Further, they are not required to offer a religious reason why they decided to “opt out.”
[From the Tancredo article] According to the Naturalization Fact Sheet on the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website, in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, the nation welcomed 729,995 Legal Permanent Residents into full citizenship.
- Over the past decade 6.6 million have been naturalized through a process that ends with the Oath of Allegiance.
- In the decade 1980-1990, the average number completing Naturalization was only 220,000 annually, but from 1990 to 2000 that number jumped to over 500,000 annually.
- 1,050,399 new citizens were welcomed in the year 2008.
- 7 million immigrants are eligible to eventually become citizens, and 8.8 million already meet the 5-year residency requirement…
This radical change was announced a year ago, in July of 2015. Congress did not enact the change in new legislation. There was no congressional debate, no filibuster in the US Senate, and no sit-in in the House to demand that a bill to repeal the USCIS action be brought to a vote.
No, this radical change was implemented while Congress slept. Like other Obama actions to undermine our immigration laws, the Republican-controlled Congress has not used its constitutional powers to reverse the administrative action. Thank God many states are stepping up to fill that void.
It’s true that other Presidents have made changes in the Naturalization process by administrative decree and without congressional approval. In 2002, in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attack, President George Bush by executive order expedited the naturalization process for 89,000 immigrants serving in the armed forces. While many will agree with Bush’s action and even applaud, that change should have been done by act of Congress, not a presidential executive order.
In fact, most Americans will think it extremely odd that the USCIS action with regard to the Oath of Allegiance is not illegal. But the fact is, unelected bureaucrats at the USCIS can change the wording of the Oath without approval of the people’s representatives in Congress. Strange as it sounds, the law as it stands today allows USCIS bureaucrats great leeway in managing the Naturalization process, so Obama’s actions will not be challenged in federal court…
Some Americans see great irony in the British declaring their independence from the tyranny of Brussels while Americans quietly accept the new tyranny of Washington, DC.
My friends, do you really see Hillary changing Obama’s executive orders? DO NOT allow her to become the next president.
And thanks to Liberty Volunteers for sending this to me.