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An American Conversation on Immigration

July 15, 2007

jeffreysewell.jpgby Jeffrey Sewell

Today, America finds herself in a bit of conundrum. Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty are feuding over immigration. Lady Liberty, an immigrant herself, continues to stress that America is an immigrant nation and a melting pot of various peoples. Uncle Sam’s blood pressure rises for many wish to give amnesty to those that break laws.

They go back and forth. Lady Liberty quotes the poem which graces her pedestal, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Uncle Sam counters with the Constitution firmly in his hands. He proclaims, Article I, Section 8 states that “Congress shall have power…to establish a uniform rule of naturalization” and Article IV, Section IV states “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion…”

Uncle Sam, gripping the Constitution even tighter, bemoans that the federal government is failing to uphold its Constitutional duties. Local law enforcement is handcuffed for it cannot serve and protect properly. Gangs of illegal immigrants such as MS-13 bring unwanted crime and drugs to streets across America. Their presence is widespread and yet when they commit a crime, we do not deport them, instead we allow them to spread and fester. As a result, our nation is worried and weakened and we have no idea how many illegal aliens reside within our borders.

Uncle Sam continues, dusting off Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Virginia, and then quotes our Third President, who wrote, “Suppose twenty millions [sic] of republican Americans thrown all of a sudden into France, what would be the condition of that kingdom? If it would be more turbulent, less happy, less strong, we may believe that the addition of half a million of foreigners to our present numbers would produce a similar effect here.”

Lady Liberty interjects that we are immigrants ourselves and our ancestors came here longing for opportunity and who are we to turn away people looking to work hard. She pulls out a newspaper clipping. It congratulates 325 immigrants, who are serving within the U. S. Armed Forces in Iraq for being made American citizens on July 4th, in Iraq.

They soon find common ground. America is an immigrant nation with laws that must be obeyed. We must continue to welcome immigrants, who come here looking for opportunity and wanting to contribute to our melting pot. And it should be easier for those who choose to come here legally to serve America in uniform to become citizens. However, we must first secure our borders, demand enforcement current federal laws. Enforcing the laws means documentation, detention and deportation of those immigrants, who commit violent crimes and traffic drugs, as they should be deported automatically, while preventing those who wish to disturb the peace and commit crimes from entering our nation in the first place.

This debate is nothing new. It is one which our founding fathers labored over as they drafted the Constitution. The same concerns are present today as they were two hundred thirty years ago. They were feared open borders and gave the federal government the responsibility to protect states from invasion. However, the federal government has failed in their responsibility to protect the borders and the American people and once again we the people are in need of a functional immigration system.

Mr. Sewell is the principal consultant of Sewell Consultancy, a political consulting firm in Lexington County. He is also co-owner of


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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2007 10:40 AM

    I have read the article by Jeffrey Sewell titled “Implement and Identification System, not an amnesty plan” and I totally agree with the comments and substance of this article. Jeffrey did mention the need for “fixing the source of the problem, our borders”.

    However, as a person formerly employed in electronic security and surveillance for sites of national high level risk, I feel strongly that the ultimate priority should be placed on closing the borders. Nothing can be achieved in the way of security for the citizens and interests of the United States until the borders are securely and firmly closed.

    A two-fold program must be undertaken to eliminate unauthorized intrusions into the USA. First, a physical barrier must be erected to deter the casual intruder…. those who are seeking employment or have other relatively mundane objectives in trying to come into the USA undocumented.

    Secondly, an electronic detection system needs to be implemented to catch those who are intense security risks and will come equipped to defeat any physical barrier which has been erected. This system would detect the dedicated intruder who will stop at nothing until apprehended or killed.

    I have designed and implemented many types of intrusion detection systems for several branches of the US Government and know that the capability exists to totally seal our borders.

    The sorry situation under the Bush administration is that nothing is being done. Will it take another major crisis to make our government aware that we cannot wait to close the borders?

    Thank You

    R. Ken Merrikin

  2. Denis Sined permalink
    July 16, 2007 6:47 PM

    So it is not impossible it is just not getting done period, why?

  3. August 8, 2008 7:46 PM

    This is a lovely parody on conversations between ‘Lady Liberty’ and ‘Uncle Sam.’ It would be nice to think that any negotiation or debate could be handled as well by real-life, living human beings. Just a couple of issues:

    It is very important to acknowledge that the poem that graces the pedestal on which she stands wasn’t written by a person who lived in America. Moreover, during that critical period in the World’s history, immigrants were far more grateful, ‘legal’, and thankful. Indeed when their time came—they were not Italian-Americans, or any other hyphenated ‘Blank-Americans’. They were proud just to say, “I’m an American.”

    In this debate ‘Lady Liberty’ should stop while the getting is good. You see, those folks in Iraq who became citizens of the U.S.A. were already here legally. Which leads me to the finale:

    At one point in history every country is a “nation of immigrants.” The sooner that La Raza, MS-13, the 9s, and ugly politicians come to realize this fact, then I’m afraid this debate may never be settled.

    Great article by the way.


  4. August 18, 2008 11:12 PM

    Oops! I noticed a mistake!

    The person who wrote the inscription that is actually located inside of the pedestal is in fact a lady and she was American. She was the daughter of Jewish immigrants who came, legally, to the new nation called America.

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