The Disfranchisement of the American Citizen

Once upon a time the dream of immigrants was American Citizenship.

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God

However, one city, one state at a time, that is rapidly becoming unnecessary. Furthermore those of us whom actually are citizens are paying the price of the disenfranchisement, as well as the price tag of the benefits of not being an American citizen.

The oath, as reflected above, was created with five principles established by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1953. These principles are:

  • allegiance to the United States Constitution,
  • renunciation of allegiance to any foreign country to which the immigrant has had previous allegiances to
  • defense of the Constitution against enemies “foreign and domestic”
  • promise to serve in the United States Armed Forces when required by law (either combat or non-combat)
  • promise to perform civilian duties of “national importance” when required by law

In 1996, Congress enacted the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, making it a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in any federal election (or state election, unless authorized by state law).

As a penalty, ineligible non-citizens who knowingly vote may be deported. Additionally, a non-citizen who falsely claims to be a United States citizen is in violation of this law.

However that’s not stopping the current administration from denying states the ability to vet their voters, an act one may consider simple enforcement of the 1996 act.

Nor is it stopping cities and states from essentially thumbing their nose at the act and consider letting non-citizens vote.

With nearly 19 million foreign-born residents who are not U.S. citizens in the country in the 2000 Census and an estimated 9-11 million illegal residents (many of them not also counted in the Census), the potential is enormous for non-citizens to affect the outcome of elections.

Which brings us to our heading.

Our non-citizens, illegal immigrants, or legal immigrants have a multitude of rights. As a citizen however we have a multitude of responsibilities. The difference is more than just semantics.

As a citizen we are required to serve on a jury. Non-citizens are not.

Citizens are also required (under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code) to pay taxes on their total income from all sources worldwide, including income earned abroad while residing abroad. Non-citizens are not.

As a citizen we are required by law to use a passport when crossing our countries boundaries no matter our nationality. Non-citizens do not.

Male U.S. citizens (including those living permanently abroad and/or with dual U.S./other citizenship) are required to register with the Selective Service System. Male non-citizens are not.

In the Oath of Citizenship, as shown, immigrants becoming naturalized U.S. citizens swear that when required by law they will bear arms on behalf of the United States, will perform noncombatant service in the U.S. Armed Forces, and will perform work of national importance under civilian direction. Non-citizens do not have this requirement.

There are also ways to lose your citizenship, or if you are an immigrant lose your citizenship. U.S. citizenship could be forfeited upon the undertaking of various acts, including naturalization in a foreign state, service in foreign armed forces, and voting in a foreign political election for example, all covered in 8 U.S.C. § 1481. It is also possible to forfeit U.S. citizenship upon conviction for an act of treason against the United States

Looking at all the things you do not have to do when your a non-citizen, and the question must be asked “Why bother?”.

Non-citizens already have a multitude of rights that citizens are granted. Free speech. Freedom of religion. Freedom to assemble. Freedom to own property. Freedom of movement. Freedom to marry, and more.

What was the big push to become a citizen?

Voting rights.

The one thing as a non-citizen you can not do that citizenship grants you.

By granting the power of voting to non-citizens effectively those of us whom are citizens become the ATM machine for the rest of the country. We are the servants of the government and the purse of its administration. Should war break out we are the ones whose blood will spill at the order of our government. It is our tax dollars who will fund the programs non-citizens and illegal immigrants such as health care, scholarships, housing, even welfare.

All of this begs the stance what does it mean to be an American citizen, anymore?

If one can be of another nationality, and a citizen of another country while having influence within our political system and none of the responsibility where is the onus of responsibility to society? Where is the drive to become a citizen of a nation when you already have everything you could want?

Social responsibility? Please. We are discussing people who feel it is correct to arrange marriages within our borders, or that rape is a right of marriage.

The answer is there will not be one.

It has often been accused that American have a love for Europe, while they have a disdain for us.

Passing these non-citizen voters rights bills gives America the chance to become Europe. In every way from gun control, Shiara Law, to labor law.

Find that irrational?

I submit to you the power of the voter in America.

Many people say that voting has no meaning. Yet everyone will have an opinion on either of our last Presidents, the current or previous. Say again how voting has no impact?

The power of the vote brings forth the power to lobby, the ability o contact senators and congressman to push a bill that not only can they vote for but that the citizenry can vote for. It creates an onus for politicians to create laws favorable to those who have the ability to vote. The very power of our democratic process is steeped in the ability to vote.

Make no mistake about it a voting population of 11 million is a serious number, and with our politicians already pandering to their base we, the citizens are becoming largely ignored. One need look no further than the recent stimulus bills or Health Care bill to see that.

Taken a step further with those who pandered the ability to vote, and the rest of us who currently can are yesterdays news. Forget your local project, or your economic needs: the non-citizen immigrant base must be served.

By allowing non-citizens to vote we remove any social, or even financial repercussions for their actions. We remove from them any responsibility for their actions. They can vote to turn this country, in to their country, which I must remind them they left to come here.

The few American citizens remaining as times moves on will be left holding the proverbial bag as well as the check.

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