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Opening Arguments

Yes, we're ALL immigrants

Typical progressive, politically correct mixture of smugness and ignorance:

President Obama quite succinctly summed up the absurdity of the Republicans' issues with his immigration reform in Chicago yesterday, arguing that perhaps the only people who can legitimately be pissed off about illegal immigrants are Native Americans.

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"If you look at the history of immigration in this country, each successive wavethere have been periods where the folks who were already here have said, 'Well I don't want those folks,'" he said. "Even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans."

How many times do we have to through this before it sinks in? There is no such thing as a "native" American. Every single one of us came from somewhere else, including the Indians. The fact that they got here first does not make them an indigineous people.

It's a valid point that during each wave of immigration the people already here mostly resented the newcomers. But then the newcomers assimilated and became part of the entrenched population resenting the next wave. What Obama doesn't seem to grasp is that his actions will decrease the likelihood of such assimilation for this particular cohort of immigrants. Or maybe he does know it and just doesn't care.

Also, in what sense could the Pilgrims be defined as "illegal immigrants"? There was no such thing as a national government of American Indians, therefore no such thing as an "immigration policy," therefore nothing "illegal" about anybody coming here.