If you listened to some people, you’d think that the Trump Administration hates immigrants and wants to build a wall around the entire country. But as I’ve said many times, the left can’t win an argument using the facts as they stand, so they have to create their own set of facts and constantly redefine words. This is how, in their parlance, “illegal aliens” became “immigrants” and violent, drug-pushing criminal illegal aliens in the MS-13 gang became “all Mexicans.” It’s meant to paint Trump as a racist/white supremacist just for trying to enforce immigration laws that both parties passed, and it’s worked with a lot of people.
But if you’re one of those rare folks who is still concerned with actual facts, you might find this interesting: A narrative-shattering new report from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows more people became American citizens in fiscal year 2018 than any time in the past five years. (Reminder: that timespan includes the Obama Administration.)
USCIS, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, released a statement reading, “In the last fiscal year, USCIS adjudicated more than eight million requests for immigration benefits, which is a 28 percent increase over the last five fiscal years. USCIS also helped make the American dream become a reality for 757,000 new citizens, a five-year high in new oaths of citizenship.”
The numbers reflect a 6% increase in the number of naturalizations from 2017 to 2018, as well as a 61% increase in the number of immigrants granted asylum. Wait, I thought that when immigrants requested asylum, Trump personally ripped their children from their arms and put them into dog pounds? Well, maybe that slander stems from this stat: the Fraud Detection and National Security division also followed up on 149,300 leads in 2018, a 14 percent increase over 2017. Detecting fraud is not something many Trump critics are too keen on, whether it’s asylum claim fraud or their own fraudulent claims and investigations.
Speaking of fraud, the charge that Trump hates immigrants is plainly fraudulent, as proved not only by these numbers but by his own actions and words. At the link above is a video of him hosting a naturalization ceremony at the White House where he warmly welcomed new citizens. He told them:
“By taking this oath, you have forged a sacred bond with this nation, its traditions, its culture, and its values. This heritage is now yours to protect, promote, and pass down to the next generation and to the next wave of newcomers to our shores. Our history is now your history. Our traditions are now your traditions. And our Constitution is now yours to safeguard, celebrate, and cherish.”
Immigrants who gladly go through the entire difficult process of becoming US citizens understand that, which is why it’s insulting to assume that they’ll vote for anyone who supports illegal immigration by giving the rights they worked so hard to earn to people who disrespected and evaded our system. I have talked to many who see that as a slap in the face to them and to their adopted home.
As Trump said, these immigrants love America and want to adopt our culture and traditions as their own. Knowing better than natural-born Americans what it’s like to live under socialism or other systems that don’t respect individual rights, they fervently want to safeguard, celebrate and cherish the Constitution.
Going by that, I’d say it’s no wonder Trump’s critics want to redefine the word “immigrants.” They have very little in common with immigrants as traditionally defined.