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An Immigrant's Dream

An Immigrant's Dream

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by Marshall Miller, Lawrence J. Greene, Joshua Mikael
"My grandmother is 99-years-old. She'd have made one helluva President, regardless of the fact that she was born in Yugoslavia. Same with Arnold, and in his case, this book explains why. Now isn't the time to limit the pool of presidential aspirants, it is the time to expand it!"

Michael A. Smerconish, Esq.
Radio Host on 1210AM WPHT The Big Talker in Philadelphia


"My grandmother is 99-years-old. She'd have made one helluva President, regardless of the fact that she was born in Yugoslavia. Same with Arnold, and in his case, this book explains why. Now isn't the time to limit the pool of presidential aspirants, it is the time to expand it!"

Michael A. Smerconish, Esq.
Radio Host on 1210AM WPHT The Big Talker in Philadelphia and Author of Flying Blind

Is it logical that a naturalized U.S. citizen can become Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, or even National Security Advisor, but cannot be elected our President? More than 50,000 U.S. immigrants are currently serving in our military-is it morally right that they defend with their lives a constitution that bars them from becoming our Commander-In-Chief?

How would it feel to be told as a young immigrant that you are ineligible to become a U.S. President because you are not American enough?

How is it possible that the United States, a nation of immigrants, is one step behind Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and India concerning the issue of naturalized citizens assuming the highest office in the land? At the adoption of our constitution, did you know that every foreign-born citizen living on U.S. soil was automatically granted access to the U.S. Presidency?

An Immigrant's Dream was written to promote and irrefutably defend the swift ratification of the Equal Opportunity To Govern Amendment, also known as the Hatch Amendment, which would grant naturalized American citizens with a minimum of 20 years of U.S. citizenship the right to run for President of the United States-effectively amending the natural born clause in Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

This book explores the Founding Father's rationale for inserting the natural-born clause into the U.S. Constitution in 1787; why the Framers prohibited naturalized citizens from becoming President after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution; and why this "grandfather clause" granted naturalized citizens access to the Presidency at the signing of the document. Our investigation into the origins of the natural-born clause draws the inescapable conclusion that the Founding Fathers would agree with the Hatch Amendment in modern America.

Rigorously examining the safety concerns surrounding the Hatch Amendment in a post-9/11 world, this book allays national security xenophobia and spotlights the naked truth of native-born treason in America.

Proving that naturalized citizens are no less American than Native-born citizens, An Immigrant's Dream unearths the stories of some of America's most influential immigrants. Their patriotic legacies expose an inherent ambiguity in the definition of the word "American" and confirm that patriotism is a choice-not a birthright.

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"This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. It has become one country because all the people who came here had an equal chance to develop their talents." -President John F. Kennedy

Our republic rests on the sturdy legs of our Constitution. This formidable document encapsulates the three core principles that have driven our society since its inception: equality, freedom, and opportunity.

The vision and wisdom of our Founding Fathers have produced a society that, despite occasional failings and minor imperfections, has been and continues to be a dynamic model for how a representative democracy can and should work. The embodiment of our essential beliefs and values has also served as a prototype of how a democratic nation can assimilate millions of people from other lands, cultures, and traditions and help them become contributing and patriotic Americans who are committed to the ideals that this republic embraces.

During the two hundred and twenty-nine years of our history, we have amended our Constitution only twenty-seven times. That this document remains resilient and relevant after two centuries clearly bears witness to the remarkable vision and wisdom of our Founding Fathers. This notwithstanding, our nation has seen fit to make occasional changes in the covenants that encapsulate the core principles of this nation. Examples include: the 13th Amendment that prohibits slavery or involuntary servitude; the 15th Amendment that guarantees the right of all races to vote; the 19th Amendment that guarantees the right of women to vote; and the 26th amendment that guarantees the right of eighteen-year-olds to vote.

The American Congress justifiably moves very carefully when it comes to making changes in our Constitution. The thinking behind this caution can best be explained by the oft-cited expression: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. There is, however, an essential corollary to this principle: If it is broke, it must be fixed.

To amend the Constitution, two-thirds of Congress must ratify the amendment and three-fourths of the states must vote in favor of the amendment. This ratification process can be timely and subject to political machinations and infighting. Clearly, many of our elected representatives and, indeed, many American citizens are resistant to making revisions. These legislators and citizens must be convinced, and rightfully so, that the revisions are justified.

We are currently facing an historic legislative crossroads where an amendment to the Constitution is both appropriate and long overdue. On July 10, 2003, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) introduced S.J. RES. 15, also known as the Equal Opportunity To Govern Amendment, to the 108th Congress. Here is the exact language Hatch uses in his proposal. "Section 1: A person who is a citizen of the United States, who has been for 20 years a citizen of the United States, and who is otherwise eligible to the Office of President, is not ineligible to that Office by reason of not being a native-born citizen of the United States. Section 2: This article shall not take effect unless it has been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the States not later than 7 years from the date of its submission to the states by the Congress."

Arnold Schwarzenegger-a man who was recently elected Governor of California after the incumbent, Gray Davis, was recalled in a special election-is just one example out of 13 million Americans currently ineligible to seek the Presidency under the provisions of the Constitution. Ironically, as a foreign-born citizen, this man could be nominated to be Secretary of Defense, an Ambassador, or Secretary of State, such as naturalized citizens Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright. Were he a professional soldier, Schwarzenegger could be named Chairman of the Joint Chiefs such as naturalized citizen General John Shalikashvili. Were he a lawyer, Schwarzenegger could be appointed Attorney General or could even be named to the Supreme Court, assuming he receives Congressional approval, such as naturalized citizen Justice Felix Frankfurter.

Despite the fact that the U.S.A. is a land comprised of immigrants past and present, naturalized citizens are prevented from aspiring to the highest elected office in our country. And in spite of the fact that 50,000 foreign-born men and women are now serving in our military and protecting our nation; that a total of 716 of the 3,406 Medal of Honor recipients have been foreign-born; and that countless invaluable contributions have been made to our nation by naturalized citizens, such as Einstein and Bob Hope, they are still excluded from the Presidency. This exclusion creates a two-tiered system of entitlement that is artificial, unfair, unnecessary, and demeaning. The contradiction is especially glaring in view of the fact that our republic is a multicultural society that from its inception has served as a model for democracy and equality throughout the world. The restrictions that currently exist are decidedly un-American and serve no other function than to prohibit talented individuals from making a Presidential contribution to their adopted nation.

In this book we will make an irrefutable case justifying the expedient ratification of the Hatch Amendment so that the law affords every U.S. citizen an equal opportunity in our nation's democratic process. We will also prove that in America, patriotism is a choice, not a birthright.

Meet the Author

Marshall Miller and Joshua Mikael are co-authors of An Immigrant's Dream. Miller, a Republican, and Mikael, a Democrat, have debated the constitutional and political issues surrounding the Hatch Amendment live nationwide on radio and television news shows from Fox News to CNN Inside Politics. Having taken their campaign for the Hatch Amendment all across America, Miller and Mikael act as spokesmen for the equality of all U.S. citizens, both native and naturalized.

Lawrence J. Greene, best-selling scholar from Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, is an author of 20 books and a co-author of An Immigrant's Dream. His book Getting Smarter, which was originally published by Fearon in 1984 and subsequently acquired by Simon and Schuster, then by Prentice Hall, and ultimately McGraw Hill, was in print for over 18 years and sold over 400,000 copies.

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An Immigrant's Dream 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the most Pro-American book I have ever read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about equal opportunity in America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not have been more surprised at the case that the authors made for amending the constitution. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first and that is why I decided to read this book. After reading this book I feel that there is an urgent need to amend the constitution for naturalized citizens. When I bought this book, I also thought that it would be a book that strictly promoted Arnold for President. But it did not because its main point was that all naturalized citizens should be considered equal to native born citizens. A great read and very well written. I would definitely recommend An Immigrant's Dream!!