The Paris terrorist attacks have raised questions about how Western nations assimilate immigrants.

Heritage Foundation expert Mike Gonzalez explains, countries like the United States and France do little to counter Islamist propaganda among immigrants. This propaganda holds that Western ideals of freedom are hedonistic. In fact, many Western countries make apologies for their culture and as such have abandoned the assimilation practices which used to be standard with immigrants.

Gonzalez points out the high price the U.S. and France have paid:

Many people think the tradition of assimilating immigrants into society is solely an American thing, something not practiced in “blood and soil” Europe. But one European nation used to take immigrants from around the world and turn them into fervent patriots.

Then, just as it happened here, that country’s elites decided to indulge in self-defeating ennui and gave up on assimilation. That country was France.

Reports that some of the Paris terrorists last week were French-born and raised show the high price the nation has paid for abandoning assimilation.

National pride is the basis upon which a strong country is built. Gonzalez quotes demographer Guillaume Marois:

“Confidence in one’s own people is an essential condition for the assimilation of immigrants and it is no longer sufficiently strong . . . Why would anyone want to become French when the intellectual elites and the media ceaselessly denigrate France? Some immigrants want the material comfort and the security that the West provides, but not necessarily its way of life.

In America, America’s core principles are scorned by the media and overly-apologetic intellectual elites. It is all the more reason we must redouble our efforts to restore those principles to their rightful place.

What do you think? Is assimilation important?

Comments (129)

Howard Woodrow - November 20, 2015

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Gary Pigg - November 20, 2015

Will the males be required to register for Selective Service just as natural born males?

William Pfeifer - November 20, 2015

Yes our security is important!
Obama is dead WRONGE!

Cathi - November 20, 2015

Without assimilation, of course immigrants will remain outside the life and principles of their site of refuge.

Jaime Calva - November 20, 2015

Assimilation is very important. The concept of cultural diversity will result in transforming our country to a “Babel’s Tower” If we continue on the present path, our country’s fate and that of our allies similarly indulgent will result in the same fate of ancient rome.

Denise - November 20, 2015

Assimulation is essential….otherwise, it could be a threat to America.

Darla Lee - November 20, 2015

Assimilation should be emphasized and expected of anyone who wants to come to the US and stay here. The immigrants of my grandfather’s time period were still proud of their native country’s culture, but wanted to become American citizens. Sadly this does not seem to be the case today and therefore we are seeing more and more problems with immigration, whether legal or illegal.

Lou Varljen - November 20, 2015

Assimilation is important and all those entering the USA with the intent of becoming citizens should go thru the following steps:
1) vetted as much as possible
2) determine reason for coming to USA
3) require settling in a community that is not of their own kind; i.e.Dearborn, MI
3) if of age and physically able, must join our military and serve for a minimum of two years. This could also give them a “leg up” on becoming a citizen.

David Nelson - November 20, 2015

Assimilation is critical to a nation’s very existence. There has been way too much emphasis placed on diversity. This has caused assimilation to be devalued and criticized, primarily by liberal media and academics.

Mike - November 20, 2015

Assimilation should be a MANDATORY requirement for ALL immigrants – period!

Those who think otherwise do so at the peril of our nation.

Semper Fidelis

leslie bass - November 20, 2015

I am furious that our President Obama
would even consider bringing in these
people who most likely don’t even
like our country and would never
assimilate here. Not to mention the
threat to US citizens from ISIS sneaking
into the groups of refugees. He must
really hate our country since he refuses
to protect us.

Laura Griffiths - November 20, 2015

Assimilation should be for immigrants but should be introduced to our youth who are born here. They have not been taught how to be a citizen. Civic”s , economic and history books should be revamped . We need to find new publishers for our country’s school books. Put teachers and college professors in same programs.

Paul Dobies - November 20, 2015

I am the first grandchild of immigrant grandparents on both my Father’s and my Mother’s side from Poland and Lithuania respectively. As such, I was raised to understand the importance of not being a “hyphenated” American. I am not a Polish/Lithuanian-American. I am an American of Polish/Lithuanian descent. Thank you Heritage for continuing to remind present and future immigrants of the importance of assimilating into our American culture. I am an American with them.

Dave Bowers - November 20, 2015

I think assimilation has always been important, but we don’t seem to think it applies to Spanish speaking immigrants…legal or illegal. So, I wouldn’t just push for assimilation with Muslims who think Sharia Law is a good thing, but also with language.

Jack Boone - November 20, 2015

Assimilation is not just important – it is essential. Immigration without assimilation is more accurately described as invasion.

Don Worden - November 20, 2015

Assimilation is absolutely essential!

Pedro Wasmer - November 20, 2015

All the points made in this message are important. As a nation of immigrants we should continue to be welcoming, as we were tp refugees from WWII, Vietnam, and Korea. But we must be vigilant to excess when we consider that these refugees from Syria could include Trojan Horses.
Our President cannot continue to be cavalier in his attitudes. That in itself reduces the status of America as a destination point. It resonates of elitism and dismissiveness of our values and history.

Annette - November 20, 2015

First if all, let’s get back to upholding the immigration laws we already have in effect. Should immigrants assimilate? Absolutely! Anyone desiring to move to our country should become Americans.

marvene blackmore - November 20, 2015

Assimilation is ESSENTIAL. All must learn, embrace, and abide by our language, laws, history/heritage, values…. If they want any other they will never to be U.S. citizens and MUST LEAVE immediately.

Chris Headley - November 20, 2015

Yes the US should be using assimilation to any and all immigrants. I can’t believe it isn’t still used. I thought It worked great during the 18th and 19th centuries of those coming to America and it proved to allow immigrants in that lived America more than the country they came from.

John C. (Jay) Adams, Jr. - November 20, 2015

I believe assimilation is important to inculcate the new arrivals in United States culture, not to maintain their foreign culture here in the U. S.

Paul - November 20, 2015

The notion that “diversity” itself is the strength of America is bogus. Diversity WITH assimilation is fine–even enriching–but non-assimilation of people with bad attitudes and bad motives creates a dangerous atmosphere for surreptitious invasions of individuals who only seek to divide, conquer, and “remake” America in a broken, third-rate, highly compromised image.

William Harvie - November 20, 2015

Dear Heritage,
I teach high school physics. My students are 75% immigrants. Their
civics teachers do not teach American
traditions. First, Christmas vacation
became winter break. This year,
Thanksgiving became harvest break.
We have lost all of the glue that holds
this society together. We have nothing
in common.
San Diego, CA

David Applegate - November 20, 2015

Of course assimilation is important! A nation is only a nation if it has (a) recognizable and secure borders; (b) a common language; (c) a common culture; and (d) a rule of law. People who refuse to assimilate refuse to recognize (a), violate principles (b) and (c), and necessarily undermine (d).

Elle - November 20, 2015

Assimilation is imperative. I do not want to see “no go” zones in this country. They are like sanctuary cities: The law is ignored. I also don’t want to have people living in the community and at the same time, not in tune with the values of the country, and plotting to kill us.

James Lansford - November 20, 2015

The learning of the English language is an absolute necessity. How can you expect obedience to something you don’t understand.We know this from the debasing of the language by some of our non-emigrant “citizens”.

David C. Henny - November 20, 2015

Not only is assimilation important for refugees coming to America, it is absolutely necessary – to assure that our laws, customs, and language are adopted. Although we have long been a “melting pot” of different cultures, up to now the various races and nationalities have blended in with our society and taken on the new identity of Americans, proud of this country and it’s ideals. With Muslims insisting on retaining their old country’s language, dress, laws and customs, assimilation is not possible – and they remain a separate society within our boundaries.

nelson Whipple - November 20, 2015

Two hundred years of wave after wave of immigrants proves that assimilation is the best route.

Loretta Hanson - November 20, 2015

jAssimilation is extremely important…..
all coming to our country should want to be Americans…..otherwise go someplace else.

Pete Croisant - November 20, 2015

Without assimilation – common language, concerns, commitments – there is little or no buy-in to the common mission. While all politics are local and this country is made up of local municipalities we are still bound by the common American vision of “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Without assimilation it is too easy to retreat into individual groups that have their own definitions of those Rights – some believing they are more deserving of them than others. And some “them” should not be allowed the Rights because …
Without assimilation we would be very likely to revert to separate states/localities/groups and the great uniting vision that brought this nation together would be lost. No doubt we would stumble on for a while but eventually that decline would set in and the greatness that is America would be lost in the chaos of Babel.

John Andrew, Jr. - November 20, 2015

Yes, absolutely!

gary leuzinger - November 20, 2015

Yes assimilation is important. Abandoning assimilation is contributing to the abandonment of our principals and being forced to conform to a godless, gun less, politically correct, socialistic dictatorship.

Cleve Denny - November 20, 2015

Must become Americans

Henry Cross - November 20, 2015

Absolutely Immigrants need to assimilate, how we became a Country in the first place, ll with the same language, values, & an American culture. Why we are the melting-pot, not a bunch of separate nations within a nation!

Lee Sherwood - November 20, 2015

Assimilation has been ignored for way too many years. If incomers want to live in America they should, they must, be assimilated into our existing body of citizens. Period!

Don Steinbach - November 20, 2015

Why come here if you do not want to assimilate into our society? Stay where you are. We are looking for people who want to be a part of our way of life, and want to help our country be even greater than ever. We give you one thing, and that is OPPORTUNITY.. If you want that we will give you a shot. If you came here to change us, forget it. We are what we are There are just too many of us , and we all have our own ideas and we welcome yours Join us. Do not try to change us, and if you want to sit on the sidelines and watch the parade ,go back where you came from. We don’t need you and we don’t want you so stay where you are. If you really want to be part of us, grab the opportunity with both hands and enjoy the ride. That is what America is all about.. OPPORTUNITY. You have to do the heavy lifting though. That is what America is all about.

William J. Parker - November 20, 2015

Absolutely! It is sickening to see what liberals are doing to the country our ancestors sacrificed so much to build like no other in the history of mankind.

john heil - November 20, 2015

who in their right mind would not have a concern for their current countrymen. our president is too engrained in how he will look after he leaves office. this could be his game plan – his international policy has bee a disaster. of course what can you expect when you have no leader. let’s go fishing.

Tim House - November 20, 2015

For America, we need to go back to the old way, and the oath of allegiance. Maybe a grace period, and if, by the end of it, they have not learned English, gotten a job, and fit into the fabric of American life, send them back. Our laws, not theirs, such as Shari’a.

Marcie Stimmel - November 20, 2015

If someone wants to come to this country they must be willing to uphold the Constitution and the Laws of the land, including the pledge of Allegiance and pay taxes and Social Security fees and live as an American citizen…however until they at least receive a Green card they have to report to Immigration every 6 weeks….If they are involved in a criminal activity they are to be deported to the country of origin, return rights are recinded!!!!

Lynn - November 20, 2015

It is important for this country and for any immigrants to become assimilated. If not, this country will be fragmented and just a conglomeration of different groups. The whole will not be more than the sum of its parts.

Kathryn - November 20, 2015

Of course they should assimilate, why else should we allow them to be in our country. If they don’t want to be one of us and respect our laws and become a loyal citizen then they do not deserve to be living in America. My family assimilated and created jobs for other family members.

Janice Evans - November 20, 2015

It is absolutely essential and would be a welcome return to national discipline about who and what we are.

phyllis talmadge - November 20, 2015

I grew up in a town with a lot of imigrants and we knew that the kids in school had to speak English and that they would translate for their parents. That worked out well so why not now. Speak English and know this we are a Judeo-Christian nation

PHILBROOK COLLINS - November 20, 2015

The whole concept of “immigration” is to assimilate to a culture that is better than where you came from !!
IF YOU DON’T ASSIMILATE, IT IS AN INVASION !!!

R.P. Merchant - November 20, 2015

If People of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family and accept the way things are in the US and become an important part of America and not try to change it to their beliefs and learn and speak the English language. But ever effort must be made to Identify and keep out the terrorist- this must be done with a positive plan of action and carry it out properly without any hesitation as the American people must be protected at all costs..

William Belcher - November 20, 2015

Assimilation is important, but then assimilating to what? We have far to many people in this country, in positions of power, or at present even seeking power, who’s ideology isn’t that far removed (despite non-stop rhetoric to the contrary) from Muslim extremist. This fact is evidenced by the extreme prison population in the U.S.and yet you still are hard pressed to find enough politicians to speak out against the lunacy (which is no different than Islam, let alone RADICAL Islam) that has created the problem. I speak of course of the Drug War, and the continuance of Statist to attempt to control what people put into their bodies. Do we expect them to assimilate into an ideology no different than their own in many respects ( that shouldn’t be all that hard) or assimilate into the culture that GENUINE AMERICANS should, and do embrace of, tolerance, and civil lliberty.; t

Gloria Ormond - November 20, 2015

It’s as if Obama & Clinton are working for our enemies, rather than trying to protect the American people. Have’nt they even armed them, while destroying our capabilities to protect ourselves.

Diane - November 20, 2015

Yes assimilation should absolutely be required

Vieva Johnson - November 20, 2015

If the refugees have beliefs that conflict directly with the U.S. Constitution, HOW can they be expected to assimilate? Do they EXPECT to be free to practice laws that oppose ours, or of any other host country? Accordingly, I have read that some American Judges are using Shariah law to process court cases involving Islam. Shariah law permits stoning to death females for committing certain acts. It allows husbands to commit physical violence against spouses & daughters. Both are NOT permitted under United States laws. We cannot accept that in our country. We are free to pursue happiness, but not at the death or physical oppression of others. No one can practice such beliefs here, or it WILL change this country forever, for the worse.

John C. Hyland - November 20, 2015

Yes and by all means possible. “If” we can keep the two houses and elect a Conservative President, there may be an opportunity!
Pray for us and get several good Conservatives to bring up the problem in the national news.

Bonnie Smith - November 20, 2015

You bet it is ! How my own grandparents
Desired to learn English and “wanted
To be American” . They loved the
Melting pot !
Bonnie

Marilee Schanuel - November 20, 2015

The topic we need to discuss now is the wisdom of putting ALL immigration on hold until we get our act together. Including the wall on the southern border. Meanwhile, I’m sending a few dollars to help you get your messages out.
You cannot assimilate folks who want their own laws, courts, etc., and are permitted by their religion to lie to help the “cause”.

John Luposello - November 20, 2015

Absolutely. It’s respectful for immigrants to assimilate to the country that want to call “home”.

Donna Ellingsen - November 20, 2015

Of course it’s necessary. If one is unwilling to assimilate and embrace their new country, they will never be happy there, and will always be living on the fringe of society.

C - November 20, 2015

Yes, absolutely! ! I can’t believe we haven’t been assimilating immigrants into our society. They need to become US citizens and then take pride in our democracy. We can’t encourage them to speak their native language but only English. This seems to be a very difficult thing to do but it needs to happen or they should stay out.

Brigitte Palmer - November 20, 2015

I believe whole heartedly in assimilation. An Immigrant myself, I arrived on these shores,legally with a good knowledge of the English language.That was 50+ years ago.I love my country and am proud to be an American. Things changed last year, when I went back to Europe. I speak my language still fluently. When I would mention that I was American, the conversations stopped and I was left standing….dumbfounded.

TD Gensler - November 20, 2015

Control of the refugee in process is absolutely essential. That process should include the usual vetting with special emphasis on Muslims. While I believe non-Muslims should be more speedy, a smart jihadist would have no problem in declaring his “Christian” beliefs. Assimilation, insofar as Sharia is in conflict with our laws and civil codes, must be a requirement. How we see to that compliance in detail, is not clear to me, yet, but it should include a trial period of supervision/limited privacy. This would be very expensive, perhaps too much so, but certainly requiring bulking up the FBI.

lynn hillman - November 20, 2015

yes, assimilation is important.

Sherry Yarger - November 20, 2015

Yes, assimilation should be required. In the case of Islam, our laws should reject the practice of Sharia law. It has been known, as in Paris that the Islamists group together and where they live is very threatening to its citizens. Police wouldn’t even venture into Islamic held neighborhood in France because they were so dangerous. The people we should not turn away are Christians who are persecuted for their faith living in a Muslim nation. They are the ones we should be able to trust, as for them, fleeing is a matter of life or death. And these are the ones Obama refuses to allow entry of.

John Killingsworth - November 20, 2015

Absolutely!
NO ONE should be allowed to live in this country without first becoming AMERICAN!!

Arthur M. Seltzer - November 20, 2015

Absolutely!!!
All four of my grandparents were Jewish immigrants from present-day Ukraine, and instilled in me a love of and respect for this country from as far back as I can remember.

Charles Marsh - November 20, 2015

It is more than important. It is imperative if we are not hosting future terrorists.

Helen K. Overy - November 20, 2015

As American adult it is my primary duty and responsibility to provide for the safety and security of my family. It is the responsibility of the American government to provide for the safety and security of t’s citizens. President Obama fails to meet this criteria abysmally. I think he should be impeached immediately. My anscestors were immigrants and without fail they came here because they wanted to be Americans. The illigal immigrants who cross our southern border don’t demonstrate that and neither do most of the Muslimsenterein our country. They are only coming as an escape and want to maintain their own cultures not become Americans with complete allegience to America. We must enforce the laws that are currently in effect before we are destroryed in so many different ways. I demand that my government be be stronger, uncorrupt and inviolate. NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!

James - November 20, 2015

I agree with assimilation. It is unifying eg one nation. People can celebrate their culture in their homes just as my Italian grandparents did. We were told we were here to become Americans first but kept our culture in the private sphere.
PC is nonsense and as we are witnessing can be dangerous via its divisiveness.

Alvin Strickland - November 20, 2015

Refugee program should be placed on HOLD for 90 days. During this time the American people should be provided details or government’s plan of action to assure us terrorists are not among those they are bringing in.
Further ALL REFUGEES should be required to fully assimilate into American life. Anyone refusing is denied entrance. And anyone failing after one year to make progress should be deported.

Robert Appleby - November 20, 2015

If the migrant does not want to assimilate then why come here. Stay where you are, or go somewhere else, but assimilation is a requirement.

Randall Carney - November 20, 2015

YES!

Jim Brackett - November 20, 2015

Absolutely!

Lewis Thompson - November 20, 2015

The US should be extremely vigilant about assimilating immigrants into the American society, esp. Syrians. How can we know if these people will love our country, without testing their allegiance to our principles?
I agree with many Governors to vet each and every immigrant entering our states. Protecting our citizens is our Prime objective.

Mike Rice - November 20, 2015

Assimilation is very important and should be taught. Without it, there will never be true loyalty by the immigrant to the USA.

Sara Broussard - November 20, 2015

Assimilation is extremely important!!!
We want people who want to be here and want to be Americans and reach for the American dream – not people who want to keep their old way of life in their native country. Why come here and make it like the country they left? They should stay in their native country if that is the case.

Richard DeVries - November 20, 2015

Assimilation ought to be a necessary component of immigration. Example, A mother in Rockford, IL was recently quoted in the newspaper that she told her children, “We’re in America now, speak English.” She hoped others would do the same.
I was told the same thing as a child by my foreign-born mother, “We’re in America, speak English.”

Paul Prochko - November 20, 2015

A number of polls concerning assimilation have been aired lately namely, Muslims when asked their views on ISIS do they support them, and would they accept our Constitution in deference to Sharia law. The polls which have been aired do not show that there is a preference to assimilate much less accept our Constitution and laws per say. Thus when you ask the question is assimilation important…you at least have to ask, is assimilation even possible or probable. In light of the surveys of late, I think you asking the wrong question. Anything except assimilation will result in serious problems for our U.S. population and a alternative solution should be sought that is: Arranging for refugees with a low probably of assimilation the opportunity for staying in the middle east with our protection and support, until they can safely return to their own cultures, norm, ways and traditional country areas at the earliest safest convenience.

Rev. James Houchens - November 21, 2015

We criticize Hispanics for not assimilating. We want them to learn English and seek citizenship.

The stated strategy of Islam to take over the world and establish the caliphate is to intermarry, reproduce like rabbits and out vote us. That is the strategy they used to take over Indonesia, a country larger than the United States.

Cliff Ebel - November 21, 2015

Assimilation should be the first rule for anyone coming to the US.

Charles Pirnat - November 21, 2015

Assimilation is not important, it is ESSENTIAL. Immigrants who will not accept living within the laws of the United States will never be assimilated and will use all means to change over to their own laws.

Fredericka Thompson - November 21, 2015

Many immigrants will not assimilate because they come to America for the wrong reasons. We cannot take in the world and we cannot continue to bankrupt our citizens by allowing all comers through our doors. It is time for a pause and re-examination of all our immigration policies.

Robert Barlog - November 21, 2015

Yes, absolutely. And given this assimilation, they should be willing to fight for the USA!

Janet Spyksma - November 21, 2015

Yes we need to screen all people coming into the USA. They need to learn English in the first year here. My grandparents all 4 of them and my husband did. They had to have a job, health insurance and someone to sponser them.If people don’t like the way Americans do things , they should leave and go back to where they came from. We don’t ask them to come here, they want to come here for a better way of living. But they don’t want to change the way ewe do things. If we go to there country we would have to change to there way of living. All people should have to learn our Constitution, that way they know our rules.are.

Mac Hayes - November 21, 2015

Of course assimilation should be required. Assimilation used to be the goal of every immigrant to the USA; it is a shame that it now has to be considered as a requirement for citizenship. I blame Bill Clinton’s administration for the current poor attitude towards assimilation – it was under his watch that the citizenship requirements were relaxed beyond good sense; such as requiring states to provide foreign language documents to accommodate those who did not want to learn English.

Duane Headley - November 21, 2015

Yes, I believe assimilation is the single
most important method of immigration,
without which the people become reluctant
to permit any immigration.

Robert Spahn - November 21, 2015

Assimilation is ESSENTIAL and was a part of early discussions related to our Constitution and immigration.

James Egan - November 21, 2015

Assimilation of immigrants is critically important. I agree fully with former presidential candidate Jindal that “Immigration without assimilation is an invasion”.
We have every right, and a responsibility to ensure that assimilation is required. Unfortunately, so many of our countrymen do not hold our American principles in high regard and that includes so many of our “educators”.

Karen Davis - November 21, 2015

It is a grave mistake when we don’t require assimilation of anyone wanting citizenship. English is our language and English should be required, along with a job.

Timothy R. Buttner - November 21, 2015

If a stranger lands on my porch and seeks solace, helping him is Charity, but when he sets up a bodega on my porch and his family shows up the next day, that’s home invasion.

Carl Malberg - November 21, 2015

Assimilation is not just important, it is essential. Without it, the Nation will become ethnic or religious pieces. Unfortunately, this poses a dilemma with respect to Islam since that religion calls for the religion to also be the government. This tenet is in direct conflict with our Constitution’s 2nd Amendment which prohibits the Government from establishing a religion.

Gerald A. Pilley - November 21, 2015

Assimilation should be stringently enforced as a prerequisite for immigration to this country. The language and customs should be unconditionally adopted, and the immigrant should in all respects, become an American. If a person wants to live in this country but continue in his native traditions, he should be denied as it is contrary to the very principle of emigration.

Gary L - November 21, 2015

Assimilation should be a key element for legal citizenship for any country. How can a country survive when legal immigrants, not to mention illegal immigrants, refuse to engage in the customs, traditions and especially the native language of their newly adapted country? Anyone who would migrate to another country and benefit from government welfare, job opportunities and schools certainly does not deserve any of these things! Do you think Mexico would allow Americans to immigrate to Mexico (I don’t know why anyone would) and accept them, pay them benefits, allow them to work, buy property and vote in their elections? Try that and let me know how that worked for you !!!

Carle Riley - November 21, 2015

Assimilation is not just important; it’s crucial to the future of the USA.

Woodie McCarty - November 21, 2015

Immigration Assimilation must be a mandatory requirement for any person entering the US seeking long term residency or Citizenship. No Gov’t benefits should be available to immigrants without a rigorous enforcement of the immigrant assimilation process that includes immediate deportation consequents for an immigrant’s inadequate assimilation performance.
In fact, we may need to pause all new immigration until we clean-up the out of control immigration mess that exists currently.

nancy Johnson - November 21, 2015

IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!

Ronald - November 21, 2015

Without assimilation Balkanization!

Anne Barrett - November 21, 2015

No question that assimilation is important. It is one of the reasons this country and its strength has survived. The idea that certain groups of people can immigrate to the USA and set up their own special living areas and their own laws is not the American way and it was never intended to be so.

Chauncey Isenhour - November 21, 2015

Yes assimilation is important so I ask if this country is becoming another SPANISH nation since all of our voting and business transactions have to be in Spanish as well a English.

Meredith Varner - November 21, 2015

I strongly bieve we should not take in any refugees or illegals until America can feed & clothe all it’s citizens. Obama says we can’t afford Social Security payments and yet the adminstration is taking 4 billion dollars out of Social Security to shore up migrants coming into our country.
Most of the Zyrian refugees are young males, fighting age and can stay in UN camps or Turkey. Turkey is much closer to home & the Syrians can can return home after we bomb ISIS out of existence.
As for the preposterous numbers of illegals arriving here, we should turn them away….drug dealers, criminals. They have Mexico, return there & make that country prosper. We need to let in Christian & Jewish refugees in legally. as they truly are being persecuted. Thank you, Meredith

lois elliott - November 21, 2015

Not only is bringing these people in dangerous, it is also very expensive. We cannot support the whole world. Bringing them here is not the only solution.

Victoria Dorshorn - November 21, 2015

Assimilation is important; however, it cannot be forced. That is why we should allow no one to immigrate who is not willing to take an oath of allegiance to this country, to its constitution, and to its Judeo-Christian principles. That would rule out most Muslim immigrants. How could we know they weren’t lying? Give them lie detector tests. Anyone who really wants to be an American would gladly do whatever it takes to become one. They would also learn the English language and learn our history and customs (rapidly fading, as our own schools do not teach the full facts of our history).

Lavertia Johnson Ekrok - November 21, 2015

Assimilation is as necessary as language (that also is no longer required). I feel so strongly that I have suggested my US Rep and Senator call for a moratorium on ALL immigration for an unspecified time, for the purpose of assimilation of those immigrants that are now here legally

Peg kalash - November 21, 2015

Yes, refugees need to assimilate. It’s ridiculous to let them do their own thing. They need to learn English so they can get jobs & support themselves. There are veterans who need our help rather than the refugees! It’s disgraceful.

Michael - November 21, 2015

No people should be allowed to enter that thinks according to there religious beliefs they most kill! Especially the infidels of the country there trying to enter!

Rebecca Gill - November 21, 2015

Assimilation is crucial. English as our National Language is rotting in committees: HR 997 & S.464 must be released to the floor for vote, now, and let Obama try to veto them.

Rose Marie Russell - November 21, 2015

Assimilation is absolutely necessary!

Joan Mathews - November 21, 2015

We should not accept more immigrants. It is better to help them eventually get back to their own country.

Nate Frost - November 21, 2015

Yes, assimilation is vital to maintaining the integrity of our American culture. Without it, this country will lose its identity; in fact, I believe the process od losing it began years ago and is already well advanced.

Linda G. White - November 21, 2015

I think legal immigrant assimilation is very important. If there is no sacrifice or determination to learn English, read, write and speak it, it dilutes or ignores our American culture. We do welcome immigrants when they are self-supporting, raising normal families (one man/one woman marriage), assimilating as an example that they want to be a part of American society (not some subset of those who mostly communicate in other languages, do not have respect for our laws in a civil society).
We should not adapt to their cultures; they should be learning ours. If not they should return to the country they came from. No other countries coddle those who disrupt their societies. If they want to be here, they should show it. Otherwise they are destructive to our American way of life.

Patricia - November 21, 2015

If they don’t want to assimilate they can just stay where they are, we don’t need them here.

Donna Smith - November 22, 2015

I agree with Mike Gonzalez. The conservative constituency has too long been the strong, silent presence. We need to vocally show we stand for principles we have always had. Freedom is never free and we must get rid of the negativism about our culture.

Ken Grimm - November 22, 2015

Without assimilation the immigrants will not understand nor embrace our ideas of liberty, freedom, gun rights, human rights etc.

Emily Ditzler - November 22, 2015

If assimilation is the question, then where do people thrive best when assimilated?
I have considered the Syrian people who are seeking refuge. I haven’t heard any dialogue about the refugees entering into Saudi Arabia where the culture is rightfully fitted for them. The land is accommodating to the land of their heritage. If and when they might be able to go to their homeland of Syria they would not have to travel far.
I say these things with the utmost regard only for what would be acceptable to their lifestyle, their beliefs, and their politics.
Assimilation is hard enough on the human soul. I remember on 9/11 when a respected business owner in my town, who had been assimilated from Vietnam, hurried over to my business to check on me. She said to me, “Calm down, we are used to this. We saw this so much in Vietnam, we are used to it.” At first I was shocked, the I realized, her life had been used to war.
Another woman came to my shop the morning of 9/11, she was so scared, because, when I first met her, Her first statement to me was, “Did you know I am your enemy? I am from Iran. I said to her I didn’t know I had any enemies. She was then afraid what she had said to me would bring repercussions for her young son, her husband who was a ER Physician, and herself.
At that time there was no way I could have understood how badly that would play out for America in the future. Now we all know, We are hated. We are kind. We have the right to protect ourselves without apology. We care about the safety of others in the World.
In summary, there are lands around the Syrians that would complement their future. The whole purpose is for people to thrive.
Carelessly shipping people across seas, foreign lands, and total uncertainty for all, is more dangerous than can be imagined.
Respectfully, This may be simplistic however, you cannot throw caution to the wind expecting caution to be brisked away, with the idea, “Oh Well, maybe we should have taken a very serious look at all options before moving forward.
Emily

Rene’ R. Barrios - November 22, 2015

Of course immigrants have to assimilate. Are they going to sing their national anthem? Are they going to go by Sharia Law? Are they going to salute their flag instead of the red, white and blue? Are they going to follow our Constitution or their Koran? It happened in France and it’s beginning to happen here. Think about Maine and Minnesota and the cultural changes that are going on there with no assimilation of the Muslims at all apparent or their willingness to do so. To hell with this apologizing for our culture which has done more to help people of all countries, races and religions than any other country. Finally, why do we have to take them? Let’s resettle them in countries with their beliefs, customs and languages. Stop changing the culture of this beautiful, great, magnificent nation that is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!

Barbara Shicks - November 22, 2015

I believe we should look back at the history of our immigration policies. When it was dangerous to bring in refugees, we stopped it. During times of relative peace we allowed it. How did those decisions work? True refugees should desire to share our common beliefs and why we are a peaceful people. Since the jihadists have stated their evil intentions of sending militants disguised as refugees, there is plenty of reason for all Americans to be worried.
Thank you for your work for” We the People”

Gisele Clancy - November 22, 2015

This is a war that is made more dangerous by denying that it exists. We should do all we reasonably can to help those torn by war in the place or country they are presently in. When the danger of war subsides (please God, soon), we should set down the requirements necessary for assimilation. This process must be more intense–and probably over a longer period of time than that required by those who came (or come) from countries who share our basic values. Otherwise, we weaken our country.

Gary W. Kelly Sr. - November 22, 2015

George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796 – “Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”

George Washington – “[T]he policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures and laws: in a word, soon become one people.” …”You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.” (letter to John Adams, 15 November 1794) Reference: The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799, Fitzpatrick, Ed., vol. 34

George Washington – The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” –Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association of Ireland, 1783 -The Patriot Post Founders’ Quote Daily

John Tamborini - November 22, 2015

The skeletal bones of assimilation should be picked up and reconstituted in the United States and this process begins with a timeout on all immigration so that we can begin the long assimilation process that we abandoned with our changed immigration policies that were passed in 1965. The people that we allow to migrate here need to appreciate what it means to be an American and they should want to come to this “once great country” to be Americans and not just to live in America. Our greatness has been lost in large part due to our abandonment of God, our Judeo-Christian principles, the Constitution and our grossly failed immigration policies.

Mary Kelly - November 23, 2015

Who is going to pay for all these refugees Obama wants to bring in? We can’t even take care of our Veterans that are in bad shape and need help. Our roads and bridges need repair. We need to take care of America first.

Ruth Pike - November 23, 2015

There are so many problems with allowing Muslims to immigrate to our country. The Muslim religion does not allow assimilation. If a Muslim buys land or a home in our country, they cannot sell it to anyone other than another Muslim. This policy eventually ensures that more Muslims will immigrate and, as has happened in other countries, Muslims end up owning much of the real estate. I am astounded that this information is not shared with Americans through our conventional media outlets. The media either does not believe this, or they are determined to believe that if we all hold hands, sing Kum ba ya and play nice, we will all get along. According to the Khoran, Muslim fathers may murder their children if they convert to any another religion. There have been several cases of this happening in the U.S. and for the most part the media has looked the other way. According to a recent Pew research study, even “moderate” Muslims believe that Sharia Law would be preferable. Wake up, Americans! Or soon we will have our heads lopped off for believing in Jesus Christ, and women will be forced to wear a hajib and submit to a tiny peckered tyrant!

Scott Brooks - November 24, 2015

Islam is one of the most radical religions on the planet, and typically in what would be considered 3rd and 2nd world countries. Islamic cultures are very different from Western democracies. The religion is often integrated with the state and has draconian protocols known as sharia law.

Therefore Islamic- Muslim immigrants should be introduced in relatively small numbers so that they have a chance to acclimate, if they can do so at all.

Henry C. Holder - November 24, 2015

Yes assimilation must be mandatory. Achieving it may be messy and will require tough overview to insure we do not let refugee communities become self governing to prohibit our rules and rights to be excluded with non compliance with American Laws. Sharia law should not ever be allowed.

George J. Fischer - November 27, 2015

All one must do is read the comments of one of the greatest presidents. Theodore Roosevelt. ALL IMMIGRANTS MUST LEARN TO BE AMERICANS. This man in my opinion was one of the few magnificent leaders of this country.

Debbie Smyth - November 28, 2015

Assimilation is vital.Only you can’t force people to love a place. I fear where they live they become new states in their hosts countries.Instead of relocation here,refugees should stay in neighboring countries and either wait or fight in their country.Neighboring countries should feel constrained to return their their visitors by helping with remedying the problem.

velma steele - December 5, 2015

All immigrants coming to the U.S. should be assimilated into American culture and values. The U.S. is a melting pot of immigrants and some of these immigrants don’t know anything about America’s founding principles or the Constitution. They need to assimilate into the American society to be Patriots not traitors.

Stephen Larson - January 28, 2016

The United States of America does have a culture; a rich culture that is an amalgamation of the best parts of the cultures of the people who have emigrated to this land since the early days of colonization. That culture will continue to evolve as more immigrants arrive and bring their food, art, dance, music, and other cultural treasures with them.

America is a miracle. It will be destroyed if it becomes a Balkanized country. The immigrants that we admit must, as Teddy Roosevelt said, “in good faith become an American” and assimilate. They must abandon those customs that are anathema to the fundamental concepts upon which the United States were founded; liberty, freedom, and personal responsibility.

Those people who arrive on our shores with the intention of changing this nation to become the culture in which they believe should be rejected and sent home.

Dennis Mitchell - January 3, 2017

Is assimilation to the laws of our Constitutional Republic a requirement to become a U.S. citizen ? The reason I am asking is that Islam is an ideological government and their followers are dedicated to only Islam and Sharia law. Islamist will tell you that they assimilate to the laws of our Constitution and use our Constitutional law to finesse their way into our businesses,schools and government but plainly live in Islamist communities and remain practicing Islamist and with every chance they get try to advance Islam as our government and Sharia as the law of the land claiming that The Koran is greater than our Constitution. They take their tithe they have earned while living in the U.S. to Mosque where that tithe is then sent around the planet to Islamist terrorist organizations who perform the Jihad for all of Islam. Their leaders are telling us now that they are not here to assimilate but to dominate. We hear more and more about schools here in the U.S. taking children on field trips etc. and having Islamist literature forced upon them . As you can see …this is of great concern to me as it should be to every U.S. citizen. So before I put my foot in my mouth any further assuming that assimilating to our Constitutional Republic is a requirement to become a U.S. citizen ,,,would someone please answer my question so that I will know whether or not to contact my congressman in this matter.

Kind regards.
Dennis M. Mitchell

Sarah - February 2, 2017

Assimilation has to be required or The United States will look like the Middle East.
There is a reason these people are leaving their country, they have destroyed it! Now they want to come to The United States to do the same exact thing. God help America! Obama, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. should be charged with Treason for selling the American people out in exchange for their own personal gain and power.

Brian Hammer - March 17, 2017

Assimilation is key to our survival or death i myself dont understand why people fleeing areas that persecute them or war torn or whatever the reason is that they are fleeing from their HOMELAND then why would they want our country to become just like the one they are fleeing for their lives from and then we stick them in a community that is nothing but the old ways they are used to in some instances so they are scared to assimilate for fear of retribution n suck our welfare for 20 years just one of many reasons to assimilate and something to think about

Diann Stephens - April 30, 2017

Are we a nation of laws? Do we abide by our Constitution which is the law of the land? If we do, yes they must assimilate into the American culture. They may keep their own identity but they may not go out and campaign against our American values.

GLORIA RUSSELL - February 1, 2018

ABSOLUTELY! ASSIMILATION IS NECESSARY. BRING IT BACK! LET IT BE A PART OF THEIR EDUCATION BEFORE COMING INTO THIS COUNTRY. THEY SHOULD EXPECT TO ASSIMILATE EVEN BEFORE THEY ARRRIVE. TAKE ENGLISH ONLINE, https://WWW.LEARNAMERICANENGLISHONLINE.COM

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