America Is Not a Nation of Immigrants, and Why Sanctuary Cities Are a Foolish Notion

American has never been a nation of immigrants. America has been a nation of assimilated immigrants.

America is unique in world history for its melting-pot characteristic. An astonishing mix of nationalities, races, religions, and ideologies dwell together in peace in America. But in other countries those differences produce chaos and conflict. Why is America the exception?

There is no possibility of peaceful community without shared values. When people or groups are introduced into a community with different values, the result is predictable: Chaos and conflict. The earlier immigrants to this great nation came because they wanted to become Americans. They were attracted to America’s values and the peace and freedoms those values produced. They desired to embrace the American values of the equality of every person, the rule of law, and the personal responsibility to act virtuously and lawfully.

The chaos and violence we are currently witnessing in the streets of Germany, France, Sweden, and other European countries find their source, not in the fact their recent immigrants are Muslim; it’s because they don’t share, or even respect, the Western European values of their hosts.

The foolish notions of sanctuary cities and open borders are rooted in the idea that all cultures are of equal value (the false and dangerous doctrine of multiculturalism). Just ask the subjects of chaotic cultures like the Sudan, Nigeria, Cuba, Iran, Afghanistan, and the like (as if they were free to give their opinion on the matter without fear), ask them if they think their culture is of equal value to America’s. I think the answer is obvious to all but the one who has willfully escaped from reason.

The concepts of sanctuary cities and open borders clearly violate the immutable principle of shared values in peaceful community. They also violate another treasured value of Americans: The rule of law. Anarchy is the penalty for forfeiting the rule of law.

If laws mean something different to each individual or group then they are only preferences, not laws. In America, if we think it is necessary, we can change our immigration laws through Constitutional legislative procedures-a process that has served us well for over 200 years. Judges, Governors, Mayors, town councils, or disaffected citizens have no authority whatsoever to reject or nullify our laws. To do so is to invite anarchy into a nation of unprecedented peace and freedom rooted in the rule of law. To do so would mark one as either a naive fool or an enemy of our exceptionally peaceful nation of assimilated immigrants.

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