Under the Obama administration’s expansive interpretation of executive authority, legal immigrants seeking citizenship through the nation’s Naturalization process are now exempt from a key part of the Oath of Allegiance.
Immigrants seeking to become citizens no longer have to pledge to “bear arms on behalf of the United States.” They can opt out of that part of the Oath. Nor do they have to cite any specific religious belief that forbids them to perform military service.
The pledge to help defend America was good enough for the 6.6 million immigrants naturalized since 2005 and good enough for the over 15 million naturalized since 1980, but Obama’s appointees at the USCIS think that is too much to ask of the 18.7 million estimated legal immigrants eligible today for eventual naturalization or the 750,000 who will be naturalized in the coming year.
The change allowing naturalized individuals to forego the Oath of Allegiance was decided by unelected bureaucrats at the United States Naturalization and Immigration Service, and it reflects the attitude of our chief executive. And while merely saying the words will not ensure that newly naturalized citizens will be truly committed to the United States, it is a symbol of how new citizens should feel as they adopt this country as their own.
Obama has done serious damage to this country, and his declaration that he would bring change has surely been accomplished in more ways than one. That he has had such disdain for the nation, its people, and its vision is shocking, given the blessings he has enjoyed as the president of the United States, and his final departure cannot come soon enough.