Sole Loyalty: The Identity Politics of Immigration Reform

The American motto "E Pluribus Unum" reflects the national aspiration that out of many diverse origins, we may become one people, with one culture, and one sole loyalty.  Fidelity to the American social compact -- informed by the traditions and beliefs of this nation's founders -- as opposed to race, ethnicity, or ancestry, is what binds us as people and what marks the metes and bounds of American culture. No issue is more consequential to the cultural future of our nation, or more freighted with the potential for racial polarization, than immigration reform.  The agenda for immigration reform is driven by an ideologically determined group that seeks legalization and a pathway to citizenship -- amnesty -- for this nation's 11 to 12 million undocumented residents.  President Obama is a core supporter of this agenda. The most striking feature of the campaign for amnesty is the blatant plunge into identity politics by the movement's proponents.  This strategy is made...(Read Full Article)