by SHARI GOODMAN:
It was only a few months ago that a prominent mosque in Arlington, Virginia hosted a controversial imam who urged immigrant Muslims in the United States to wage war for Islam.
“The enemies of Allah are lining up. The question for us is, are we lining [up] or are we afraid because they may call us terrorists?” Shaker Elsayed told a crowd of Ethiopian Muslims during a lecture at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. (Daily Caller 2/26/13)
Americans should be outraged. Prior to 1965 we were primarily a Judeo-Christian country with a controlled immigration policy that placed priority upon skilled immigrants from Europe. We sought immigrants who would be an asset to America. Our then policy had a criteria and standards in place that immigrants were required to meet before gaining entry. One could not be a member of the Communist Party, destitute, sick, nor have allegiance to a foreign country. Due to controlled immigration of around 300,000 annually we were able to drain the swamp of cheap labor and produce the largest middle class in the history of the world as well as a common national identity missing today.
America benefited from that policy for many decades, but it all came to a halt with the introduction of the Immigration and Nationalization Act of 1965 championed by Senator Ted Kennedy. Without much debate in Congress and with the disapproval of most Americans, it was enacted into law by President Lyndon Johnson who stated then “This bill that we will sign today is not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions,” Johnson said at the signing ceremony. “It will not reshape the structure of our daily lives or add importantly to either our wealth or our power.” (FrontPage Magazine/Anatomy of a Disaster/ 12/10/2002) History has proven him wrong.
Where we once sought immigrants who shared our western values shaped by our common Judeo-Christian heritage, Americans have since 1965 been absorbing immigrants from Third World poverty stricken areas torn by religious conflicts. And too often they bring their conflicts and foreign allegiances with them. What is best for America and Americans has taken a backseat to what is fair and just for the immigrant. They believe that all cultures are equal has led to a deterioration of our national identity and a weakened national security. The latest Boston terror bombing Muslim suspects arrived from war torn Chechnya and they symbolize the failed immigration policies we now have in place.
It matters not what country they came from, the common denominator is Islam. By allowing entry to Muslims into our country we are importing the culture and traditions of Mohammad into our midst and with it a warmongering army of Mohammadans. It is not in our interest to bring the conflicts stirred by Islam as witnessed throughout much of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia to our shores. While no one knows the exact number of Muslims in the United States which are estimated to be anywhere between 2 million to 7 million, we do know 50,000 Muslims arrived here in 1992 and received permanent residency status. In 2009 that number jumped to 115,000. Many enter on student visas which they frequently overstay. Five of the 9/11 terrorists were here on overstayed visas. 80,000 enter this country as refugees and 75,000 of them are from Islamic countries. Refugees are entitled to collect from the public trough and thus they are a further drain on our economic health.
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Shari Goodman is an educator and a chapter leader for ACT! For America. Her views are her own and are not necessarily representative of ACT! For America. Her columns have appeared in Family Security Matters, Israel Today, and the Los Angeles Times.