The problem of a large number of illegal immigrants to the United States has been in the news in recent years. I dealt some with this problem in my 34 years as an employee of the United States Government. Most of these concerned workers in the apple and peach orchards of Southern Illinois.
When I started work for the federal government in June 1961, I stood there in Richmond, Virginia, in a federal building and swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. It did not say anything about any law passed by Congress, any judicial decision, or any presidential edict.
I had studied government, also known as political science, in college, and even taught government in a high school for a short time. However, after I took that oath in 1961, I started thinking about what I had sworn to uphold and enforce. I started studying the writings of our country’s founding leaders who wrote the Constitution. They wrote about what it said and it is to be enforced exactly as written with none of this argument about what it means. Judges and other government leaders have sworn to uphold the Constitution as written like I did, and if any word’s meaning is not understood, it is supposed to be looked up in the dictionary, not give the judge or other person’s opinion as to what they would like for it to say. There is a constitutional way to amend laws, and it is not by someone putting their own beliefs on a law.
But, back to immigration. I recently read and studied the oath applicants must take for naturalization as a citizen of the United States. It reads as follows: “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.” This oath of allegiance is administered in the English language. All citizens born in the United States should read this oath.
People come to the United States to get away from political or religious persecution and to better themselves and to have more freedom.
I have talked to and interviewed many people who have fled countries where they did not have freedom. One man who fled Communist Russia told me about how his parents and younger brother had been killed by the communists. He traveled at night to flee Russia and hid out in woods and barn lots during the day to get to an American Embassy outside of Russia. He cried while telling his story.
Another man and his father, who was a doctor, fled Castro’s Communist Regime in Cuba. Most Americans don’t know how bad it has been in Cuba.
I had a mathematics professor in college who had originally lived in North Korea. His father was an editor of a newspaper in North Korea. When the Communists took over in North Korea, his father was on their hit list because he was a newspaper editor. Yes – no more free press. His family fled to South Korea.
In 1964, I ate breakfast at a restaurant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The owner of the restaurant sat with me and talked to me while I ate. He was from Hungary. When the Russian Communists (the Soviet Union back then) took over Hungary, this man and his two sons were in the Hungarian resistance. A picture was taken, which I have seen, as the Hungarian resistance armed only with pitchforks and axe handles tried to stop the Soviet Union troops and tanks as they rolled into Hungary. This man and his two sons are in this picture. One son was with him in Canada and the other son was in Illinois working for Caterpillar at the time when I talked to the man in Canada.
I could go on and on with stories I have been told.
It is both sad and frightening when people who come to the United States try to get these forms of government here, but it is even more sad and frightening when Americans born here join movements to take away our freedoms.
I will write more about this in my next article.
Meanwhile… I will mention we have CATNAPPERS in our neighborhood. One lady who lives alone has two pet yellow cats that are missing. They are both about 10 years old; she has had them since they were kittens. There is a third cat, a sister to the two taken ones and is cross eyed which makes it hard for her to see where she is going, is still at home; she won’t eat or sleep and cries and whines because of missing the other two. The three cats were almost always together. The lady says she will pay a reward for information to help her locate the cats. The lady is very upset and can’t sleep either. All of her cats have been spayed, had their shots, and everything else that is needed for their health, probably at least $600 in basic expenses.
Another neighbor is missing a calico cat that has three week old kittens. She has small children who miss their pet and are having to bottle-feed the kittens.
Anyone with information should notify the police or the newspaper.
A while back a little girl lost her small dog that had gotten out of the house. She was crying and going to all the neighbor houses asking if anyone had seen her little dog.
These stories break my heart. We have lost a pet earlier this year that got sick and died. We had him for 10 years and still miss him very much.
If anyone has any information or pictures to share with the readers of these articles, please contact me at Edward Oliver, P. O. Box 456, Norris City, IL 62869, or email me at email@example.com.