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American Constitutional Rights - for the Rest of (Wo)mankind

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Jan 31, 2017 at 13:36

Dear Mr. Erich Wieger,

I think you are making a fundamental mistake in your assumption regarding the protective scope of the American Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights. Those rights apply to all Persons within the jurisdiction of the United States, not merely our Citizens. For example, a person with a Green Card is not (yet) an American Citizen. However, when accused of a Crime, he or she has the exact same Due Process and Equal Protection Rights.

However, those who wish to come here, as Immigrants, Refugees, or Tourists (with Visas), or those who came here (by the millions from South of the Border) Illegally, do not have the full benefit of our Constitution. And if it is (as it seems to be) extremely costly) to vet out "undesirables" (those who will refuse to Uphold and Defend the Constitution), it is not required that our Customs and Immigration officers be as FAIR as you desire.

The United States is not merely a Haven for the Unfortunates of the World. It is also a Home for those who wish to Practice and Obey our wonderful Constitution and Way of Like; for example, we are not currently the victims of the Arab Spring which has turned into a Muslim Nightmare.

By diluting our American population with 100,000's of people who will not Assimilate and become True Americans, in the Western Tradition, we are not ultimately doing the world any good. I think you might wish to re-consider Safe Zones in the Middle East where Muslims may live less victimized by ISIS. Perhaps you should examine the fact that President Obama has instituted a disastrous policy by permitting Muslims to massacre each other Abroad!

If I didn't know better, and if I had an insensitive heart, I would accuse Obama of only being half-American; the other half being unconsciously Kenyan and Muslim (from his father's side). There are many hateful words one can use, and I know it is better for me not to use them. But the fact is that this country was founded by his maternal ancestors through his mother Ann Durham), and (according to Wikipedia):

"She was of predominantly English ancestry, with some German, Swiss, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry.[10] Wild Bill Hickok is her sixth cousin, five times removed.[11] Ancestry.com announced on July 30, 2012, after using a combination of old documents and yDNA analysis, that Dunham's mother was descended from African John Punch, who was an indentured servant/slave in seventeenth-century colonial Virginia.[12][13]"

Our Constitution does not prohibit the United States, through the Division of the Presidency, to favor demographics consistent with Defending and Protecting our Constitutions, and to err, in practice to the Benefit of the United State, with the unfortunate Real World disadvantage that a worthy individual should have been allowed to come here. But the legacy of Obama is to favor the rest of the world over our own. Doing so, I believe, will only hard the whole world in the long run.

In Religious terms (metaphorically speaking) we will remain a City on the Hill, and a Beacon to the World, only if we are not overwhelmed by those who aren't true Believers in our own Constitutional Bill of Rights. Unfortunately, we have no choice but to err to our own benefit. So if the proposed Questionnaire is to Costly or Time-Consuming it is not the American People who should suffer that consequence. And if you permit a Christian metaphor, I wish to remind you that even Jesus overturned the tables on the steps of the Temple. There are those who wish to come to this country to peddle their Currency (Religious Money) of Sharia Law. Shouldn't we have a right to stop it?

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