Rep. Tom McClintock’s Response to Pres. Calderon

Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) gave an eloquent and astute response to Pres. Calderon’s rude interference in a sovereign nation’s domestic issues while speaking to a joint session of Congress.

Congressman Tom McClintock Representing The 4th District of California
M. Speaker:

I rise to take strong exception to the speech of the President of Mexico while in this chamber today.

The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderons behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.

It is highly inappropriate for the President of Mexico to lecture Americans on American immigration policy, just as it would be for Americans to lecture Mexico on its laws.

It is obvious that President Calderon does not understand the nature of America or the purpose of our immigration law.

Unlike Mexicos immigration law — which is brutally exclusionary — the purpose of Americas law is not to keep people out. It is to assure that as people come to the United States, they do so with the intention of becoming Americans and of raising their children as Americans.

Unlike Mexico, our nation embraces immigration and what makes that possible is assimilation.

A century ago President Teddy Roosevelt put it this way. He said:

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

That is how we have built one great nation from the people of all the nations of the world.

The largest group of illegal immigrants now comes from Mexico. A recent RAND discovered that during most of the 20th Century, while our immigration laws were actually enforced, assimilation worked and made possible the swift attainment of the American dream for millions of immigrants seeking to escape conditions in Mexico.

That is the broader meaning of our nations motto, e pluribus unum from many people, one people, the American people.

But there is now an element in our political structure that seeks to undermine that concept of E Pluribus Unum. It seeks to hyphenate Americans, to develop linguistic divisions, to assign rights and preferences based on race and ethnicity, and to elevate devotion to foreign ideologies and traditions, while at the same time denigrating American culture, American values and American founding principles.

In order to do so, they know that they have to stop the process of assimilation. In order to do that, they must undermine our immigration laws.

It is an outrage that a foreign head of state would appear in this chamber and actively seek to do so. And it is a disgrace that he would be cheered on from the left wing of the White House and by many Democrats in this Congress.

Arizona has not adopted a new immigration law. All it has done is to enforce existing law that President Obama refuses to enforce. It is hardly a radical policy to suggest that if an officer on a routine traffic stop encounters a driver with no drivers license, no passport, and who doesnt speak English, that maybe that individual might be here illegally.

And to those who say we must reform our immigration laws I reply that we dont need to reform them we need to enforce them. Just as every other government does. Just as Mexico does.

Above all, this is a debate of, by and for the American people. If President Calderon wishes to participate in that debate, I invite him to obey our immigration laws, apply for citizenship, do what 600,000 LEGAL immigrants to our nation are doing right now, learn our history and our customs, and become an American. And then he will have every right to participate in that debate.

Until then, I would politely invite him to have the courtesy while a guest of this Congress to abide by the fundamental rules of diplomacy between civilized nations not to meddle in each others domestic debates.

Please thank Congressman Tom McClintock

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  • SFIndie -

    I just called McClintock’s Washington office and offered my thanks. Nice to know there’s one sane voice here in California!

  • NormaJean -

    Watch these news clips about the number of OTHER nationalities besides Mexican or Latin American that have been caught trying to infiltrate into the United States. This is the news that you won’t see on the Mainstream Media. Many people who have been caught have origins in the Far East including Muslim countries that could be using this method to try to infiltrate our country and set up sleeper cells for terrorism.

    This is a link to a broadcast out of Atlanta about who is crossing the border in AZ. According to the Border Patrol, the public is not being fully informed as to WHO is coming into the US from Mexico. This is what a reporter from WSBTV in Atlanta discovered.

    Video 1

    Video 2

  • “There is no Obama administration as such; there is only Obama, who appears to run the entire show out of his Blackberry.” – David “Spengler” Goldman

    • I beg to differ – Obama is not the one running the Obama Administration. Rahm Emanuel and Mishy are the ones running their little empire.

  • It was a nice speech, but I would have been more proud if he and his fellow Republicans would have stood up and walked out.

  • 17 states will follow AZ’s lead on enforcing the illegal alien laws.
    Lawmakers and politicians in Texas, Rhode Island, Utah and Georgia are among those who, in the month since Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law, have announced plans to introduce similar legislation.

    The officials say states need to take matters into their own hands to tackle illegal immigration and in turn reduce the taxpayer cost associated with large undocumented populations in their hospitals, schools and prisons. They draw inspiration directly from the Arizona law, bucking the trend of local and state officials who have protested Arizona and called for boycotts against the state.

    Rhode Island state Rep. Peter Palumbo has filed a bill that looks nearly identical to Arizona’s. It requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally — provided they don’t stop someone on that basis alone. The proposal empowers police to turn over illegal immigrants to federal custody and also bars local jurisdictions from limiting immigration enforcement. Several other provisions in the bill are based on Arizona’s law.

    Palumbo, a Democrat, told Fox News that Arizona residents were “merely trying to protect themselves” and that the Rhode Island bill could help the state save millions every year.

    “You don’t need to be a … border state to have problems with illegals,” he said, estimating the number of undocumented residents in Rhode Island at 40,000.

    Palumbo acknowledged that his state might not be as receptive as Arizona to such a bill. He said he’s got about a half-dozen co-sponsors but hopes media coverage can build support.

    “It’s difficult. We have a lot of progressives in Rhode Island,” he said.

    Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, an anti-illegal immigration group, has tracked 17 states to date where lawmakers are pushing for Arizona-style enforcement bills.

    The copycat bills and proposals are generating the same kind of opposition in other states as they did in Arizona. The Providence Journal reported that about 100 protesters demonstrated against the bill inside the Rhode Island House chamber Thursday.

    Arizona’s neighbor to the west, California, has taken a lead role in slamming the state for its immigration policy. Los Angeles is among the California cities that have instituted a ban on Arizona travel and businesses. But Arizona’s neighbor to the north could take a different approach.

    Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, a Republican, told the Deseret News, after the Arizona law was signed, that he’s already drafting a bill based on the Arizona law for next year’s session. He said Arizona’s action makes similar action in Utah all the more necessary, because, “when we’ve seen tougher legislation in Arizona a lot of illegal immigrants just move here.”

    A Texas representative is looking to do the same in her state. And in Georgia, a Republican candidate for governor is pledging to work toward signing “similar legislation” if he’s elected.

    “I agree with the Arizona governor and Legislature that the federal government has failed miserably at protecting our borders and enacting sensible solutions that would protect our states, counties and cities from bearing the enormous costs associated with illegal immigration, from emergency room visits to public schools to the criminal justice system,” said Nathan Deal.
    H/T Fox (not copyrighted)

  • ReverendCirca53 -

    States can’t take actions against criminal illegals when they have cities that provide hands off sanctuary, it doesn’t work, and most don’t even know about it..Google Sanctuary Cities and watch what comes up..

  • Anthony Bertolini -

    Rep. Tom McClintock for PRESIDENT !!!!!!

  • Gene Zaworski -

    Thank you for understanding the fustration of the American people. The lack of immigration enforcement has reared it’s ugly head. I believe all illigals who want to become American citizens need to come through the front door and we will welcome them as we have in the past with all people seeking America.

    • Like possibly your ancestors and mine? I blame Reagan setting a very bad example when he gave amnesty. I remember screaming at my TV back then. Just another reason I really dislike that guy.

  • William J. Padilla -

    I commend Rep. Tom McClintock for expressing exactly my sentiments. I came from the Philippines and my parents work hard, long, and waited so many years to have our petition to be US residents approved legally.
    It’s a shame that a President of Mexico very inappropriately made comments about our immigration policy ( this man doesn’t know anything about decency and protocol). To add to the injury, those people from Congress who applauded him (probably thinking about Mexican votes)are basically telling him that he was right and we are wrong. That anybody can stand and make a speech in front of those people and they will be applauded. Why don’t they invite the President of Iran? They should be very ashame of themselves … well, not really as long as they have Mexican votes … they don’t give a s$%^&*.

  • I really appreciate the speech by Senator McClintock.
    I think it is way past time to start shipping illegal immigrants to their home country. We should not have to give any benefits (welfare, hospitalization,school lunches) to any of them.

  • Dawn Stimmel -

    Great speech. If Tom McClintock would run for President, he would definitely have my vote. Too bad more of our Congressmen and Senators don’t feel that way. The American people are not against people coming to our great land, we are against them staying here illegally and we, as hard working people, have to support them. And for the Democrats to give the Mexican President a standing ovation….that was totally unacceptable! Makes you wonder where their true allegiance is…..apparently not with America! The President has been apologizing for America being arrogant. It is not the citizens that are arrogant, it is our government that is arrogant. Their mind set is they can do whatever they want without caring what “we the people” want. They are employed by “we the people” and they seem to forget that.

  • Brian Bailey -


    A Congressman with balls, and common sense….Thanks for you words they were right on.


  • Thank you for the courage to stand up for what is right.
    I thank God for you and support you.

  • this man should run for PRESIDENT, what a shame it is that we dont have a president that stands up for AMERICA, i never thought i’d see this day, NOVEMBER cant come soon enough

  • AMEN !!!! Thank you for standing up for what is RIGHT…

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