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    U.S. Undergoing Largest Wave Of Immigration In History

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    Official: U.S. Undergoing Largest Wave Of Immigration In History

    By Steve Caraway
    The Morning News
    SPRINGDALE - The United States is going through the largest wave of immigration in its history.

    So said Alfonso Aguilar, chief of the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services' Office of Citizenship, in his keynote speech at Hispanic Woman's Organization of Arkansas' annual conference Friday. He estimates 14 percent of the residents of the United States will be foreign-born in 2025 and 19 percent by 2050.

    "The immigrants aren't settling in the usual spots - New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami," Aguilar said. "They are spreading across the country. Arkansas is one of the top of the new gateway states."

    The Office of Citizenship aims to educate immigrants on the benefits of naturalization, with the intention of assimilating new citizens into the country. The target audience for Aguilar includes an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants now living in the country.

    "These people are living on the margins," Aguilar said. "They are not integrated into the community."

    Aguilar called the existing immigration system broken and listed President George W. Bush's points for reform - border security; enforcing the law domestically; a guest worker program; a revised naturalization program; and encouragement of assimilation.

    "We need a new Americanization movement in the 21st Century," Aguilar said.

    An Americanization movement in the early 20th Century immigration wave helped new arrivals feel like Americans, Aguilar said. Those immigrants were mainly European, while the new wave is not, Aguilar said.

    "It should be political values that unite us, not cultural values," Aguilar said. "This country's residents, both citizens and immigrants, need to learn what the U.S. political system means. We want people to develop a sense of patriotism."

    Three new citizens were introduced at the conference. Gloria Calvera, Cecilia Smith and Felix Lopez said how proud they were to be U.S. citizens.

    "I have lived in the United States for 17 years," Lopez said. "Citizenship is my way to live a better life."

    Near the conclusion of his address Aguilar warned, "If immigrants don't assimilate now, we will have problems 20 or 30 years down the road."

    Integrated immigrants is a two-way street, said Margarita Solorzano, executive director of the Hispanic Women's Organization.

    "You have to create a sense of belonging to a community," Solorzano said. "If new immigrants are welcomed, it will create the desire to interact with others. If they are not welcomed, it can create a feeling of isolation which is not good for either group."

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    Assimilation is great, but absolutely no form of any amnesty, "earned legalization" or whatever euphemism the OBL wants to use. Any further amnesty will only exacerbate the problem.
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    "You have to create a sense of belonging to a community," Solorzano said. "If new immigrants are welcomed, it will create the desire to interact with others. If they are not welcomed, it can create a feeling of isolation which is not good for either group."
    I can tell you right now, this lady will not acknowledge the difference between and immigrant and an illegal alien.

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    "It should be political values that unite us, not cultural values," Aguilar said. "This country's residents, both citizens and immigrants, need to learn what the U.S. political system means. We want people to develop a sense of patriotism."
    It's pretty early in the morning, and maybe I'm even a little dense, but exactly what the heck does this statement really mean? Personally, I say that shared MORAL values would be a good start! Isn't it "political values" and political correctness that has screwed this country up in the first place? What kind of twisted thinking equates politics to patriotism anyway??? This guy must write Obama speeches as a second job...

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    The target audience for Aguilar includes an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants now living in the country.
    When will they stop using outdated stats ! We know the number of illegals in this country is more than double that figure.

    Remenber, no one is being asked to denouce their Mexican citizenship. They will be able to move back to Mexico, and take their US benefits with them. They will also vote in both countries.

    Illegal is ILLEGAL !
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    The Office of Citizenship aims to educate immigrants on the benefits of naturalization, with the intention of assimilating new citizens into the country. The target audience for Aguilar includes an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants now living in the country.

    "These people are living on the margins," Aguilar said. "They are not integrated into the community."
    The "undocumented" are not supposed to integrate into the community, they're suppose to go home to their own countries.
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    You all know that the US population recently surpassed the 300 million mark (well, 'officially' - according to the US Census)...

    So... anybody want to the guess what the population of the US is today?
    (You may be surprised! - not in a good way)

    Hint: Remember that the increase due to native births is approximately equal to the decrease due to the increasingly older population dying off.
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    Answer: Today it is likely the US population will surpass 304,000,000.

    (Currently at 303,995,630 + adding new bodies every couple seconds)

    That's a growth of almost 4 million people in a little over one year - notwithstanding that our births ~= deaths; eg. the increase is due almost exclusively to.... immigration (legal and illegal). Keep in mind also, that more people enter or remain in the US illegally now than they do legally.
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    Here's a very informative YouTube video for newcomers and other onlookers that might not be aware of it (it overviews the demographics of the situation very nicely):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7WJeqxuOfQ

    (Roy Beck's "Gumballs" Video)
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    The "undocumented" are not supposed to integrate into the community, they're suppose to go home to their own countries.
    How many times do we have to tell them that !?
    IT'S NOT HOW YOU GET IN, IT'S HOW YOU GET OUT

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