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The U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to make laws regulating immigration. This was a matter of national security when the Constitution was adopted, as it always has been and remains today. However, the conditions and dangers to our security have varied over the years. Most Americans agree new regulations are needed, but Marxist Democrats have favored open borders for many years and have often ignored the laws Congress has enacted. 

The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx, argues for open borders between countries because the chaos it creates makes it easier for communists to take control over the people. Democrat politicians seem to believe that these actions gain votes for them, and there has been evidence over recent years that it has. Hispanic Americans have apparently been voting more for Democrats. But if all members of that demographic think the same way is just as wrong as assuming that all women or all black Americans think the same way as all others. 

U.S. citizens are individuals and should be treated as such. But not enforcing our immigration laws endangers all U.S. citizens. 

While Republican President Donald Trump was in office, our southern border was under better control than it had been for many years. Our border security improved steadily with logical enforcement policies and a well-designed border wall under construction. 

Our laws were being followed, and Americans were becoming safer and more secure in our God-given freedom and rights. 

One of the many horrible consequences of our 2020 election being stolen from the American people is that our borders are now effectively open as if we are governed by the Communist Manifesto instead of the U.S. Constitution. 

Construction of our border wall has been stopped, and many millions of dollars have been wasted. Violent criminals and outright enemies of our country are flowing into the U.S. and harming Americans in many ways. Marxist Democrats are violating and ignoring our U.S. Constitution and laws, much as Democrats did to maintain slavery until they lost the U.S. Civil War, which they started and fought to try to protect their slavery of black Americans. Because of their open borders, some states, including Florida and Texas, are taking steps they should not need to take to protect U.S. citizens.

Ironically, Florida and Texas were states which helped Democrats in their Civil War against equal freedom for black Americans 160 years ago. Also, recent reports show that an apparently growing number of Hispanic American citizens oppose the Democrat administration's failure to secure our borders. Hispanic American citizens want to live in a secure country, just as all of us do. 

Real Republicans do not oppose immigration, but they expect it to be regulated by U.S. laws enacted by a legally elected Congress for the benefit of all Americans, and they expect our laws to be enforced. 

Many of us have long believed that true Republicans should call ourselves Frederick Douglass Republicans after the man who was instrumental in founding and leading the early Republican Party to stand for the God-given equal freedom and rights of all Americans. 

The life-empowering values of Frederick Douglass are the same as those of our founders and the same as those the Republican Party was founded to enforce. 

On Dec. 7, 1869, Douglass was asked to address a Boston audience on the question of Chinese immigration. He delivered a speech entitled: "Our Composite Nationality." Douglass masterfully articulated "why" and "how" immigrants should be received in the United States. He convincingly explained that immigrants are welcome in our country because we all first have human rights. 

Douglass supported Chinese immigration and naturalization — granting them full rights of citizenship, jury duty, voting and elective office because "there are such things in the world as human rights." For Douglass, there was a direct correlation between "human rights" and "inalienable rights" — both are God-given. 

Douglass contended that human rights supersede racial rights and national rights. He wrote:

"I know of no rights of race superior to the rights of humanity, and when there is a supposed conflict between human and national rights, it is safe to go on the side of humanity."

When asked for his thoughts on the citizenship process for those wanting to settle in the United States, Douglass stated:

"We shall mould [shape or form] them all, each after his kind, into Americans; Indian and Celt, Negro and Saxon, Latin and Teuton, Mongolian and Caucasian, Jew and Gentile, all shall here bow to the same laws, speak the same language, support the same government, enjoy the same liberty, vibrate with the same national enthusiasm, and seek the same national ends."

Douglass further added:

"We should welcome to our ample continent all nations, kindreds, tongues and peoples, and as fast as they learn our language and comprehend the duties of citizenship, we should incorporate them into the American body politic. The outspread wings of the American eagle are broad enough to shelter all who are likely to come."

Notice the process Douglass advocated. To assimilate, immigrants should: (1) Bow to the same law—respect the rule of law; (2) Speak the same language—learn to speak English; and (3) Support the same government—become involved in the duties of citizenship. The first duty of citizenship is to obey the law.

Like Douglass, Frederick Douglass Republicans welcome those who choose to legally come to America for the opportunity to make life better for themselves and their families. Nonetheless, we insist that they: (1) Obey our laws; (2) Learn to speak English; and (3) Study and value the importance of what is now their own Constitution. 

To contact KCarl or request him for a speaking engagement, go to www.diversityengagement.org. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of 1819 News. To comment, please send an email with your name and contact information to Commentary@1819News.com

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