One of the chief concerns of America’s Founders in the early days of the Republic was the possibility that foreigners would usurp American political power. As Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 68, “[the] most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally be expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain improper [ascendancy] in our councils.”
The possibility that foreigners might gain political power and subvert traditional American values is even more acute in today’s climate of mass illegal immigration.
The latest case in point is that of former New York State Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa, a Democrat, who pled guilty last week to immigration fraud charges that could land her in federal prison for up to ten years. The New York Times reports that Rosa, a native of the Dominican Republic, paid an American $8,000 for a fake marriage so she could illegally obtain American citizenship. (Since Rosa’s American “citizenship” was based on fraud, it would presumably be accurate to call Rosa an “illegal alien.”) Rosa subsequently got herself elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2012.
In January 2013, the New York State Legislature passed the most draconian and unconstitutional gun control law in American history: the so-called New York “SAFE” Act. The SAFE Act forever banned virtually all military-style firearms issued in the last 60 years, including the FN-FAL, the AK-47, the M-14/M1A, the H&K G3, and the most popular target rifle in the U.S., the AR-15. The original version of the law banned any “ammunition feeding device” that could hold more than seven rounds. The SAFE Act requires a background check for every ammunition purchase and requires the registration of every ammunition purchase with the State Police. It requires any doctor or nurse who thinks you are unfit to own a firearm to inform the State Police, who are then required by law to confiscate all of your firearms (and it grants the doctor or nurse who filed the complaint immunity from civil lawsuit). The law bans nearly all private transfers of firearms – even transfers between brothers and sisters. It was passed at two o’clock in the morning without any debate; members of the Republican minority were presented with the 39-page bill fifteen minutes before the floor vote.
Democratic Assemblywoman Rosa – a foreigner, an illegal alien, and now an admitted criminal — co-sponsored and voted for the law that destroyed the Second Amendment rights of 20 million New Yorkers. Rosa is the fifth Democrat who voted for the law to be indicted or convicted.
Pro-amnesty Republicans who think that illegal aliens are nascent conservatives-in-waiting who will uphold the Constitution and traditional American values are simply barking mad.