Republican governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal once said “immigration without assimilation is an invasion” this majestically profound statement deludes many today. (Breitbart.com). Majority of immigrants fail to respect or understand their host country hence the push back from core citizens to accommodate more immigrants. America is without a doubt a great country, but to be a part of this nation immigrants need to start respecting their host by understanding the culture and history of the nation, putting aside hypocrisy and fully assimilate into the culture of the country.
Immigrants today have for the most part ignored the history and culture of the United States, yet they want so desperately to be a part of the country. Majority of immigrants in the United States came on their own accord, they were not forced to come. They identified a greener pasture and moved to achieve the American Dream. Understanding the host country and accepting their way of life is key to being a solid part of the society. Immigrants move in with their own values and expect to impose these values on the host nation. A good example is gun control. “The United States, with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, has about 35–50 percent of the world’s civilian-owned guns, according to a 2007 report by the Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey” (cfr.org). The reason for this is largely due to the second amendment.
Why is the Second Amendment in place?
One of the founding fathers, James Madison originally proposed the Second Amendment shortly after the Constitution was officially ratified to provide more power to state militias, which today are considered the National Guard. Having just used guns and other arms to ward off the English, the amendment was originally created to give citizens the opportunity to fight back against a tyrannical federal government. (Livescience.com). This is a brief history, and it is history unique to the United States. Whether the United States has higher per capita murder compared to other countries is not the point. The point is citizens have the right to bear arms to enable them to fight against a tyrannical federal government.
Without understanding the background of the second amendment immigrants are largely against it: Per polls (breitbart.com), “75% of Hispanics favor gun safety over gun right,” “80% of Asian Americans support stricter gun laws.”
Most immigrants also have an unrealistic and hypocritical approach to immigration policies in the United States. I will use Nigerians as an example, because I was born in Nigeria and understand the immigration policies. Nigeria is one of the few countries that require visa from United States citizens, Nigeria has one of the strictest immigration laws in the world. There are three requirements for immigration and the president must personally sign off on two of those requirements (Read). And go figure, “Some in Nigeria feel that dual nationality damages nationality unity of the country.” (Wikipedia) Yet most illegal immigrants, that are Nigerians, in the United States believe they are entitled to Amnesty.
Nigerians around in the 80’s should clearly remember the history of Ghana Must Go, when then president of Nigeria Alhaji Shehu Shagari ordered all illegal immigrants out of the country. His statement: “If they don’t leave, they should be arrested and tried, and sent back to their homes. Illegal immigrants under normal circumstances, should not be given any notice whatsoever. If you break a law, then you have to pay for it.” (Annechia.com) If Donald Trump were to make such a blatant comment people will scream to high heavens. This is hypocrisy at its highest.
America is a great country but to be a part of it, we must embrace and support the American constitution.
By Lola Fajemirokun