Why aren’t citizen children of illegals not rabid patriots? 

It is a simple question that puzzles me: Why aren’t children born of illegal aliens into United States citizenship rabid patriots for America?

Depending upon who you ask, there are 10 to 20 million folks in the United States who have slipped into the country illegally, most of them across the porous southern border to Mexico. Indeed, again depending upon who you ask, most are from Mexico and a smaller portion from South American countries.

They come here ostensibly for a better life–freedom, liberty, a job, the ability to feed their family, an education, the many benefits America offers. So, if these are the reasons, why do they not march in the streets waving Old Glory, and supporting the Constitution that guarantees the very things they came to this country to find? Why do they not vocally oppose loss of the very liberty and freedom they risked their lives to gain?

 “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” — Emma Lazarus, as quoted on the Statue of Liberty.

So, why is it there is no apparent outpouring by illegals in the United States, and their children born into citizenship here, outwardly defending the Constitution of the United States? Why is it you see so many of them carrying the flag of the country they fled, rather than the flag of these United States? Are the many benefits American offers not enough? Do they want the benefits, but not the responsibility? Are they here for the short-term, until they can amass the funds and receive the education they need, only to return to their native land?

These are all questions I find intriguing.

It would seem to me there should be huge crowds of new citizens out on the Fourth of July, cheering for the land that gives them freedom and liberty. Instead, for example, Cinco de Mayo garners more attention than America’s birthday. Children and youth are not allowed to wear patriotic American clothing on that Mexican holiday for fear it will offend those who came here illegally.

I welcome those who would march with me on July Fourth, celebrating the wonder that is the United States of America. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee.