The early days of American immigration had certain standards for those entering the country.
It was an orderly process. There were designated areas where immigrants were screened. If you check immigration records, you can see dates, names, point of entry, etc. My oldest son is investigating the records of his great-grandparents who immigrated from Italy. He found the Petition for Naturalization for the DeMar side of the Family.
Integration into the American way of life was a high priority. Learning English was a must, even though my grandparents struggled with their new language. On my mother’s side, my grandfather moved the family closer to the city of Pittsburgh with his large family (12 children) for more opportunities.
Immigrants had to make a case for their entry into the United States. There was a process and rules to follow. The vast majority of immigrants embraced the underlying Christian values of the nation.
Can we trust our government to do a thorough screening process? That’s the big question. We’re getting promises, but we’ve given promises before.
How times have changed. The United States is about to change because the standards for immigration have changed. Islamic radicals are using our nation’s very liberal immigration laws to seek entry.
The following is from Front Page Magazine. The entire article is worth your time to read:
“Before 9/11, the trial run for the attack was the World Trade Center bombing. The key figures in that attack, from Ramzi Yousef, the nephew of 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to the Blind Sheikh, whose ambitious plans involved bombing New York bridges and tunnels, asked for political asylum.
“Ramzi Yousef showed up with a fake passport and claimed to be an Iraqi refugee seeking political asylum. He was released on his own recognizance and told to show up for a hearing. He never did.
“His co-conspirator, Ahmed Ajaj, went on filing for political asylum even while under arrest for his role in the World Trade Center bombing. Their pals, Mahmud Abouhalima, who routinely told passengers that ‘In Islam, the people are the weapons,’ and Mohammed Salameh, were illegal aliens who had applied for amnesty as agricultural workers. But they didn’t go on to pick lettuce or blueberries.”