By Lucy Kubiszyn
“THERE can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an America at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” — Theodore Roosevelt 1907
I wonder what old Teddy would think about the current illegal immigration issue and the attack by our own government on the people of the State of Arizona. Drugs dealers run rampant on our southern border, and heinous types of crimes are prevalent. This is not a new problem; rather it is one that has festered for years on our border with Mexico. Some of my Texas friends who live in border town like Corpus Christi, McAllen and El Paso have reported such criminal activity for years.
It isn’t that we discriminate against immigrants. My husband’s grandparents came over through Ellis Island from Poland and Italy. We are a nation of immigrants, but these earlier groups became American citizens. They came legally, followed the rules, learned the English language and became contributing members of society. This is not the case with these new arrivals who sneak across our border.
During the early 1990s, I attended a marketing conference in San Diego where the keynote speaker made a statement I didn’t fully understand at the time, but one that I never forgot. She said: “By the year 2000 the United States will no longer be a melting pot. Rather, our country will have become a salad bowl.” This is what we are now dealing with.
So what can ordinary citizens do? Pay attention to what is happening around you and vote. In November we have an opportunity to begin to take back our country. Support candidates who support conservative causes. It is true. WE ARE ALL ARIZONANS!