Events during the last few years illustrate the dangers of encouraging immigrants to retain their customs and beliefs rather than assimilate into American society. And that danger is multiplied when non-assimilated immigrants enter the political arena and spread anti-American doctrine on a national platform.
Democratic leadership has repeatedly blasted Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., with little effect. Most recently, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., took his fellow committee member to task Friday night for her repeated anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli attacks.
Engel said that although he welcomed debate on policy, “it’s unacceptable and deeply offensive” to suspect the loyalties of others because their politics may differ from her own, according to his statement.
“Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issue without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives.”
This was in response to a statement she made earlier in the week at a Washington, D.C., progressive town hall meeting. She claimed that the allegiance of Jewish lawmakers and those who support Israel should be suspect.
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” she said.
Omar apologized last month after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., denounced previous anti-Semitic statements she’d made. It didn’t take.
The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra observed that the congresswoman:
- Pushed anti-Semitic conspiracy theories used by Nazis
- Supports BDS
- Said "Israel should not be allowed to exist as a Jewish state"
- Compared Israel to a terrorist state
- Says her "Jewish colleagues" are out to get her
He concluded that the ultimate problem was, “Omar is still on the Foreign Affairs Committee.”
Omar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1981 and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1995, eventually settling in Minneapolis, home to a large Somali population.
A study released February 2018 by George Washington University titled, “The Travelers: American Jihadists in Syria and Iraq,” reported that Minnesota, and especially the twin cities of St. Paul/Minneapolis, accounts for an unusually high number of supporters of terrorism.
That study confirms an earlier report from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, indicating that, “Minnesota recruits lead the nation in the number of people who have left the country to fight with terrorists aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.”
This is the product of an immigration system that allows people from other countries to enter the United States without assimilating into American culture.
We’ve now ignored the traditional concept of America as a “melting pot,” where immigrants learn the language and adapt to the customs to become, in every sense, Americans.
That melting pot has since morphed into a salad bowl, where each group is distinguishable from the others, like the lettuce from the tomatoes, from the radishes, and so forth. Instead of questioning immigrants’ refusal to assimilate, it’s celebrated as diversity.
And refusal to assimilate has led to greater problems, Including:
- The May 2015 “Draw Mohammad” attack in Texas
- The December 2015 San Bernardino massacre, leaving 14 dead, 22 injured
- The June 2016 Pulse Nightclub attack, leaving 49 dead, 53 injured
- The November 2016 vehicle attack at Ohio State, leaving 11 injured
- The October 2017 vehicle attack on a lower Manhattan bike path, leaving 8 dead, 12 injured
Here’s another, though less violent example: Omar was the first person to break Congress’ “no headgear” tradition by wearing a hijab within its chambers. But a hijab is not a religious requirement of Islam — it’s a Middle Eastern tradition.
Wearing a “hijab is not a fundamental aspect of Muslim tradition,” according to a report from Women In The World.
Therefore, wearing a hijab in the House of Representatives is an indication of Omar’s refusal to assimilate into American culture and an illustration of her contempt for congressional rules and tradition.
Perhaps the need for immigrants to assimilate can be best summed up by the oft-heard terrorist rallying cry, "Allahu akbar." It doesn’t mean, as many believe, “God is great.” It’s literally translated as "Allah is greater."
Let that one sink in and then explain the merits of cultural diversity.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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