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December 01, 2005

On Immigration and Safety

Comentary by Missouri Rep. Ed Emery
(R-126 including the counties of Barton, Dade, Jasper and Polk)

In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American... Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.
Words of Theodore Roosevelt (1907)

There is not a simple answer to why we have departed so far from President Roosevelt’s vision of immigration and discrimination, but several things have contributed to the lack of patriotism and commitment to national sovereignty. One factor is the incomplete or inaccurate knowledge of history common with today’s youth. Another is the cultural drive toward “political correctness” rather than legitimate cultural analysis. Beyond that, I will let the quote speak for itself.....

We probably all agree that law and order are legitimate government jurisdictions. You may not know, but over the last ten years, Missouri’s prison population has grown at an exponential rate. As a result, Missouri’s state government has spent nearly $570 million building additional prisons where we now house over 31,000 inmates across 20 correctional facilities. We have over 49,000 people on probation and nearly 16,000 people on parole. When combined, our Department of Corrections is now responsible for more than 96,000 violators, has a $568 million budget, and employs 11,000 people statewide.

An important role of good government is keeping our citizens safe and establishing an environment that punishes evildoers and rewards those that do right. We must be consistent in apprehending and punishing those who commit crimes against society. We also have a responsibility to keep our correctional workers safe and provide them the tools they need. Missouri employs a lot of great people who enter the prisons daily to ensure public safety. We are all grateful for the great job they do. Please keep them and your state government in your prayers. The growth of our prison population is a continual reminder of our need for divine intervention.

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