Immigration Debate Update: Senator Alexander And The Politically Correct Citizenship Oath
March 30, 2006, 06:02 PM
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Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) plans to offer his bill (S.1815 ) as an amendment.

The Strengthening American Citizenship Act is:

"A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prescribe the binding oath or affirmation of renunciation and allegiance required to be naturalized as a citizen of the United States, to encourage and support the efforts of prospective citizens of the United States to become citizens, and for other purposes."

The oath new citizens are supposed to take is as follows:

'I take this oath solemnly, freely, and without any mental reservation. I absolutely and entirely renounce all allegiance to any foreign state or power of which I have been a subject or citizen. My fidelity and allegiance from this day forward are to the United States of America. I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution and laws of the United States, and will support and defend them against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I will bear arms, or perform noncombatant military or civilian service, on behalf of the United States when required by law. This I do solemnly swear, so help me God.'

The Alexander bill has a few provisions for those who are uncomfortable with our oath as written.

They do not have to say "so help me God" (oh, there's a shock) and if they do not like the part about "I will bear arms on behalf of the United States..." they can skip that part as well.

New citizens must also learn English and the Alexander bill provides a ton of funding to help them in that endeavor.

Yeah...I don't like the Strengthening American Citizenship Act...it should be called the "Politically Correct, User-Friendly, We Sure Hope We Don't Offend Anyone New Citizenship Act."

And then it should be rejected.