You came to this country, entered illegally, were fortunate enough to get educated and raised here for several years, then turned around and badmouthed the place that gave you sanctuary from an abusive alcoholic father you were escaping?
I have two words for you: GET OUT.
You have no appreciation for what you’ve been given. Nor do you, for all your supposed education, have any common sense. Blaming the US for all immigration woes, when you won’t even consider that the Mexican immigration system is so corrupt, its citizenry find it more expedient to risk life and limb crossing a blisteringly lethal desert than try to work through the system? That’s not even stupid, that’s blatant ignorance.
You spit in the face of every man woman and child who ever busted their ass and came here legally. Every person who scrimped and saved and sweated and prayed to get here legally. To do it right. To become citizens, with all the attendant rights and responsibilities thereof.
Somebody will inevitably say, “But Jon! Mormons had tons of immigrants come here from foreign countries. What about them? What about your own a ancestors?” How many hundreds of thousands of Mormon converts came here? And how many chose to enter illegally? Show me where Mormon Leadership said that violating the law of the land was acceptable?
My own ancestors, insofar as we know, came here via places exactly like Ellis Island. Or they came earlier, before Columbus. But on the whole, they came here and became Americans.
I have no problem with any person who wishes to move here, assimilate and respect the culture into which they have entered. Indeed America has a long history of this. America has a long history of accepting such men and women, and with it building a strong nation. But respect for America is paramount in all of it. When I see anti-Trump protesters waving the flags of their original countries in protest, threatening war and death for those who oppose them, I am unamused. When I see people trying to force America to change who and what we are into the country they RAN AWAY from, I am unamused.
This is America, not Syria, not Mexico. Not the PRC, or Somalia. Mass executions and beheadings simply because of differences in religion are neither acceptable nor tolerated here. Rampant corruption of the law and the rule of law by drug cartels is not acceptable. Nor is terrorism, either by foreign nationals or American citizens. If we wished to be a totalitarian state enforcing one child limits, the stoning of female rape victims, FGM, rampant anarchy and mob rule, we would engage in those activities.
This is America. For all our flaws, such behavior is unacceptable and anathema to what we are. It is reprehensible to the goals laid down for us by our Founding Fathers when they threw off the yoke of King George in 1783 and declared in 1788: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”!
If you cannot, will not abide or respect that, GET OUT. LEAVE.
America is imperfect. Yesterday I expressed great displeasure with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. I remain critical of politicians and infringements on personal rights and liberties. Such is my right as a citizen, protected by the First Amendment. What I cannot abide is somebody who came here illegally, was afforded the same rights and Constitutionally protected freedoms, spitting on the institutions which have kept her safe, and ensure that she can stand up there at that podium running her mouth in so ignorant a fashion.
As a parting shot, I offer this final thought- the story of Larry Thorne.
Born Lauri Törni, he was a veteran of the Finnish wars against Russia during World War II. Never lacking for courage, Törni is one of less than 200 men to ever earn the Mannherheim Cross for gallantry in combat. He came to the US, entered as a political refugee, and under the provisions of the Lodge Act was given a green card. Then, he served faithfully in the US Army and earned his citizenship. Having changed his name to Larry Thorne, he devoted his life’s work to being the very best soldier in the US Army. His decorations for service in his new home include a Distinguished Flying Cross, two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Private Thorne became Major Thorne in the course of his career. He would later die in Vietnam in 1965 while leading Green Berets in combat. He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 60, Tombstone 8136. A Finnish national hero, laid to rest in that most sacred and American of places, a hall reserved for our most honored dead.
Of such men and women is America made. It is by such hands that we will continue to be buttressed and prepare against the ill winds of despotism. Let those who wish to be a part of such join with us willingly.
Larissa Martinez of McKinney Boyd High School – if what you spoke in your in valedictorian speech is truly your feelings, then LEAVE. GET OUT OF AMERICA. Don’t live under the umbrella of freedom for which you have put forward nothing of your own. Begone with thee. There are others who wish to come here, wish to help ensure this nation endures. We welcome them with open arms. As we always have, and always will.