Immigration and border security issues are demanding a lot of our attention as we debate the pros and cons of legal and illegal additions to America’s population.

It is easy to forget America is a nation of immigrants, and always will be. The vast majority of immigrants are good people. They come here voluntarily looking for a better life for themselves and their families. Who can blame them for that?

No one seems to have a problem with legal, documented immigrants. The problem is with the flood of uninvited, illegal immigrants. Who do you know that complains about the number of foreign children brought here via legal adoption?

There are human tragedies all over the world. Billions live in terror, without food, clean water and sanitation. The message cannot be: send us all of your unwanted people without any restrictions.

Many people are suspicious and resentful towards those who come illegally. We’d be more tolerant if it didn’t appear the illegals were coming mostly for free government money, free health care and other free benefits.

Many lower-middle-class citizens see the immigrants taking away their minimum wage jobs, leaving them to survive below the poverty level. Many of the illegals even qualify for government aid that isn’t available to current citizens. Illegal workers even send money home to their families.

Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst for the Cato Institute in Washington, wrote recently, “The laws of economics cannot be repealed…so long as the U.S. is a prosperous country and American employers and consumers want to employ foreign workers, they will come regardless of the laws.

“More aggressive border enforcement and immigration restrictions will not stop unlawful immigration…then what happens is, the illegals find ways to bring their children and relatives to be reunited.”

We need to reaffirm our American values. We need to reaffirm what we stand for, and what we won’t stand for. We should never apologize for what America was founded on and it is our duty to pass this one to those who want to come here.

America’s culture was developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of dedicated and hard-working men and women who sought freedom. It was not an easy road and what we have today is a result of those sacrifices. It’s why so many people dream of coming here.

The following opinions were taken from an unaccredited essay, but are thoughts shared by many.

Because of that, I think immigrants, not Americans, must adapt to our culture. It should be a ‘take it or leave it’ proposition. Citizens are tired of apologizing and being defensive. We should not feel guilty about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. They should not try to change the American culture that has been in existence for 230 years.

We speak mainly English in America, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of this great society, learn the language.

Most Americans believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation and this is displayed on the walls of our schools, court rooms and government offices.

If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture. It’s part of America and what makes it attractive to so many outsiders. Allow it to be changed and America will no longer be America.

We are tolerant of your beliefs and differences, but you shouldn’t ask us to change 230 years of our culture and replace it with yours. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.

Remember, this is our country, our land and our lifestyle, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining and griping about our flag, our pledge, our Christian beliefs and our way of life, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other great American freedom, the right to leave.

If you aren’t happy here, then feel free to leave. We didn’t force you to come here, you asked to become a part of this great experiment, so accept the country that has accepted you. We want you to become a productive, contributing member of society.

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A Conundrum is defined as: something that is puzzling or confusing. The following has been floating around for quite awhile. Here are the six conundrums of socialism in the U.S.

1. America is capitalist and greedy—yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized—yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims—yet their representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government—yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer—yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about—yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

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Here are three things conservatives struggle to understand.

1. We are advised by liberals to not judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works!

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare and food stamp programs running out of money? What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t.

3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens and foreign aid to enemy countries?