Careless with Immigration

Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison

Heard this great quote from President Benjamin Harrison on yesterday’s Wallbuilders Live.

It has to do with immigration, specifically uncontrolled immigration, and these words are as pertinent, applicable and important today as they were 124 years ago:

Our naturalization laws should be so amended as to make the inquiry into the character and good disposition of persons applying for citizenship more careful and searching. Our existing laws have been in their administration an unimpressive and often an unintelligible form. We accept the man as a citizen without any knowledge of his fitness, and he assumes the duties of citizenship without any knowledge as to what they are. The privileges of American citizenship are so great and its duties so grave that we may well insist upon a good knowledge of every person applying for citizenship and a good knowledge by him of our institutions. We should not cease to be hospitable to immigration, but we should cease to be careless as to the character of it. There are men of all races, even the best, whose coming is necessarily a burden upon our public revenues or a threat to social order. These should be identified and excluded.

Yes, there are duties that come with citizenship; it isn’t just a teat-sucking exercise.

Yes, it is a privilege to be an American citizen. Some of us were handed this privilege by the chance of birth, while others of us have to work harder for it. NONE of us should treat it lightly or take it for granted.

Yes, we have been careless about immigration, and we we are paying a steep price for that carelessness in a number of ways.

No, we don’t need an even further unconstitutional burden on our public revenues; there is already a big enough unconstitutional burden of public revenue from the citizens we have.

Woodrow Wilcox


And while the Left is in full-tilt denial over this fact, yes, societal order remains as important as it has ever been.

People who violate our laws to get here and violate our laws to remain here are not of the character and good disposition we want for our fellow citizens. They have, by their behavior, already demonstrated that they are more self-interested than they are interested in the well-being of our society. We don’t need people like that, and we don’t want people like that. This isn’t rocket science, folks.


Let’s make sure our elected representatives are reacquainted with this truth.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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