May Day… “Earn Your Citizenship Like These Folks Post”

1 05 2007

Cross posted from StikNstein has no mercy

Besides all the dug up by the media heartrending weeping children/sick mother stories, we’ll see a lot of stories today of folks “DEMANDING” citizenship to our country.

A couple of posts worth bumping:
This post is a little different……It’s a tribute to some Americans we can be poud of………

America is a country of immigrants……Legal Immigrants. Our immigration laws are perhaps the most generous of any country in the world. At CAII our purpose is to draw attention to people who come into our country illegally, the people who illegally hire them and the people who illegally harbor them.

All these people do a disservice to our country, our way of life, and most of all to the millions of people from all over the world who come to our country to be Americans, wait their turn, follow our laws, and become our newest citizens.

What’s missing from today’s new wave of illegal immigrants (and it was evident during the recent work stoppages and demonstrations) is the willingness to assimilate into American society. Assimilation, the process that leads to unity among America’s diverse population, goes hand-in-hand with immigration.

That doesn’t mean you have to abandon your cultural or religious heritage. It means you have to be willing to make some sacrifice to become an American.

The majority of Americans, including most immigrants, believe new citizens should learn to read and write the language of their adopted country. Most Americans believe the immigrants should know the basic history of their new nation. They should know who George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were. They should be able to tell you how many stars and stripes are found on the American flag and what they symbolize. They should know the Pledge of Allegiance by heart and take it to heart.

Becoming a U.S. citizen is not just a way to improve your economic lot in life. It’s not an elaborate “guest worker” program to send money to third-world countries like Mexico. It’s believing and promising with all your hear that you will defend and support the Constitution of the greatest nation the world has ever known. If you’re not willing to do that, you can’t call yourself an American.


And then there is 90 year old Anna Subach….. As each new citizen was called forward, relatives and friends clicked cameras proudly.
The Subach cheering section included her daughter and son-in-law, Evelina and Valery Zemelman, who had tutored this tiny Russian lady for the past five years as she learned to read, write, and speak English, and studied U.S. government and history.Following the ceremony, Anna Subach rode down in the elevator from the fifth-floor courtroom, surrounded by her family. Tired, but unable to stop beaming, she summed up the feelings of all the new citizens that day as she said quietly, “I am happy. I am so happy.”
………………..Anna Subach…….. Welcome to America


From the LATimes
Take Sona Babai for example…………………

She became an American last Wednesday in Pamona California. She said she wanted to naturalize as a sign of gratitude to America for embracing her children.

Sona is from a rural village in Iran and came to America 6 years ago on a green Card obtained for her by her son. She was married off when she was 12, hid in a well when her village was raided and holds a dim view of the Islamic revolution. Many of her relatives have been killed.

She said……..

“America is a big umbrella that lets a lot of people underneath to be safe,” Babai said in her native Azari language, which was translated by her son, Antoine Babai. “Because of the good hearts of American people, I want to be part of them.”

(Sona) managed to obtain waivers excusing her from the English and civic tests required of most prospective citizens. Immigration officials apparently didn’t mind…..She’s sharp as a tack, has 20-20 vision, and doesn’t need a hearing aide, and Sona sailed through her interview with immigration officials — telling them, among other things, that she would bear arms to defend the United States


“By becoming a citizen, I can show to the world that it is never too late to give back.”…….Her slow walk to the front of the cavernous hall, stooped but steady, unassisted except for a cane, caused the crowd to burst into applause and cheers.

Asked what she would do as a new citizen, she replied:

“I’m an American. I’m going to vote.”

Oh, by the way………….Sona is 105

This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration

If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let us know at what level you would like to participate.




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