Welcoming Immigrants to the United States
September 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
The United States, more than any other country ever lures the downtrodden, the persecuted, and all those who dream to cash in on the opportunities in the US. America willingly accepts those who come here honestly, having strong work ethics, in search of opportunities of the American Dream. One of the major reasons for the success of American immigration is its deliberate and policy of patriotic assimilation. America welcomes immigrants while stressing the importance of learning and knowing its civic and political culture. While the debates continue regarding the number of immigrants US should accept and procedures through which they should become citizens, there has always been a widespread belief that those who come here should become Americans.
The result of this assimilation policy resulted in strengthening of social capital and the expansion of the US economy. When America was founded, this American theory of citizenship was totally new to the world. All citizens, native/naturalized have the right to civil and religious liberty as a matter of right. Every immigrant is required to conduct themselves as good citizens of the US and be faithful to American constitutional government.
Immigrants add to the moral capital of the US, bringing with them the attributes needed for the effective workings of free government. Immigration by itself brings a diversity of beliefs to the US. Naturalization is the process through which immigrants become citizens voluntarily. The Naturalization process works differently in the US than it does in other countries. A foreigner of any ethnic heritage or racial background can come to the US and become an American. This is possible in the US because of its openness to diverse backgrounds. Through the immigration laws, the people of the US approve immigrants joining them, under certain conditions, as residents, and in many cases, as citizens.
As immigrants lack the natural advantage of having been born and raised in the US, they are required to receive specific education in the history and political ideas of the US. They are welcomed for the many contributions they make and also because they accept the allegiance inherent in US citizenship. The word citizen is associated with membership and participation in one particular political order. So becoming a citizen of the US means having a primary allegiance to America. There is a constitutional responsibility to establish an uniform rule of naturalization to ensure the fairness and integrity of the process by which immigrants enter the US, become permanent residents and gain citizenship.