Those who support increased power for federal immigration
authorities usually do so because they are concerned about the
cultural effects of increasing numbers of people who do not
understand the principles of liberty upon which America was
founded, and who are easily manipulated by left-leaning
Because I am a libertarian and oppose
immigration laws I have been called an "anarchist."
Actually I believe in MORE government than those who support
"the government." I believe in self-government.
Here's how self-government works to protect American
values better than the federal government:
Rather than being met at the border by jack-booted gun-wielding
federal immigration authorities, immigrants should be met at the
borders by voluntary
associations of friendly Americans who will offer American
hospitality, job training, values education and other works
of mercy which will help the immigrants carry on great
American libertarian traditions.
Once settled in America, there are continuing opportunities for
self-governing Americans to help new arrivals become great
Families: Children who are not victims of government
schooling and who have been trained to appreciate America's
libertarian values can pass these values on to their neighborhood
playmates who come from foreign lands. American parents have
always been careful to know who their children play with, and
always make an effort to meet the parents of their children's
playmates and invite them to learn more about our culture.
Employers should actively seek out new arrivals to
America and hire them, showing them how American employers
appreciate the loyalty, hard-work, creativity and dedication which
characterize most immigrants, and how generous American employers
are in the wages they pay and benefits they offer. Lunchtime Bible
studies and employee training sessions can pass on America's
Landlords should rent to immigrants and help them become
self-governing tenants, thus passing on American respect for
property. Weekend classes in property management, concern for the
environment, and household budgeting can be required of tenants in
Merchants should seek out immigrants and deal fairly
with them, explaining to them how American capitalism rewards both
buyer and seller in a voluntary exchange, and how capitalism has
made America a more prosperous nation than the nation from which
the customer has emigrated.
Teachers should pass on American values to their
students, even in classes that do not directly teach social and
cultural subjects. Like the Apostles (Acts
5:29), teachers should defy court
orders prohibiting a discussion of American values before and
after school, and at lunch.
Media sources which propagate anti-American values
should be boycotted. Americans should invite immigrants to join
them in viewing movies, television, plays, concerts, and other
events which transmit American values. Americans should invite
immigrants to neighborhood reading circles in which great
American books are read and discussed. Americans should host ESL
classes (English as a Second Language) in
their homes. Parents are qualified to teach their children
English; immigrants often bring a child-like love of learning.
Immigrants who commit crimes should be responded to in the same
way we respond to natural-born Americans who commit crimes.
It is only because Americans are no longer self-governing
that they appeal to "the government" to use armed force
against immigrants. This desire for increased government power is
lazy, unAmerican, and anti-Christian.
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