The U.S. must have a common language, culture

The citizens of the United States must have a common language and a common culture. Absent borders, a common language and a common culture, a nation loses its identity and cohesiveness and eventually ceases to be a nation. Witness the fragmentation of the Roman Empire, the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia (to name a few nations) into smaller uncooperative states. Canada faces the same outcome if the Quebec separatist movement is successful.

Allowing illegals, who have already broken federal law by sneaking across the U.S.-Mexico border, to hold a driver’s license further cheapens the value of American citizenship by extending the rights and privileges of citizenship to those who are not citizens, do not speak English, who are poor, who are illiterate, and who bring their culture into the USA; this perversely encourages more illegals to come here and discourages assimilation.

The elected officials of New York state have taken an oath of office to defend the U.S. Constitution. By putting the interests of illegals on par with those of its residents who are American citizens and by ignoring Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution, which empowers only the federal government to establish immigration law, New York state’s elected officials have broken both their oath of office and federal law. By doing so they have unjustly trampled on the rights of those American citizens who happen to reside in New York state.

Finally, the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes inter alia that the Constitution and federal laws made pursuant to it constitute the supreme law of the land. The states cannot enact laws that conflict with or preempt federal law.

So citizens should have standing to sue New York state in the state’s Supreme Court to have the law overturned. Should these citizens lose in the state’s court system then the suit would hopefully be heard in front of a federal judge.

In the meantime and given that the wheels of justice turn very slowly, or not at all, the members of the legislature and the governor would do well to read “When all Else Fails, the Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice.” by Jason Brennan. Brennan argues that when the government violates our rights, we may resist with acts of uncivil disobedience and that we may even have a moral duty to do so.

CHARLES F. HEIMERDINGER

Edinburg