It’s like he can’t help it: ridiculously anti-immigrant “pundit” Mark Krikorian, executive director of the hate group/think tank Center for Immigrant Studies (CIS), has penned another racist, nativist gem, making him once again one of those people we’re kind of glad to have around.
In a National Review Online post written during yesterday’s totally objective and fact-finding (we wish!) Congressional hearing on “Making Immigration Work for American Minorities,” Krikorian slammed the “pseudo-congressman” from Puerto Rico for daring to consider himself an American and implied that we should strip Puerto Ricans of their citizenship.
Here’s the post in its entirety:
I’m at a hearing of the immigration subcommittee, and the pseudo-congressman from Puerto Rico is going on about how “we” are a nation of immigrants. “We”? Puerto Rico is a foreign country that became a colony of the United States in 1898, no different from the French colony of Togo or the British colony of Uganda (or the U.S. colony of the Philippines). Congress granted residents of the island U.S. citizenship during World War I, but Puerto Ricans remain a distinct people, a distinct nation, with their own (foreign) language, their own history, their own culture. Like other remnants of late-colonialism (like Belize, Djibouti, Comoros, etc.), most Puerto Ricans don’t want independence at this point, because it would end the gravy train. But that’s not our problem — we need to end this unnatural situation and give the nation of Puerto Rico an independent state as soon as practicable.