Riley J. Hood: The Mother of Exiles

Riley J. Hood is the state chairman of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin. He was a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012, receiving 70 votes.

February 27th, 2016, Constitution Party of Wisconsin website:

“Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger,
as ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 23:9

By Riley J. Hood—Milwaukee County Constitution Party

            “Long live the republic!  All hail!  Last asylum of oppressed humanity!”- The 2/18/1815 Niles Register-p.343 The Dawn’s Early Light by Walter Lord 1972.  I view asylum as the first priority of Immigration and naturalization policy.  I hate the thought of sending a dissident back to certain death under a tyrannical regime.  But that means asylum for the victims for pogroms and genocide, it does not mean asylum for the perpetrators.
What about the Statue of Liberty?  What about the “Mother of Exiles?” What about, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”-The New Colossus Emma Lazarus 1883

  • Emma Lazarus was not a founding father. She was a nineteenth century poet, who was part of the New York elite at that time.  She was born into a Jewish family that was originally from Portugal and had settled in New York before the American Revolution.  Emma was interested in her Jewish ancestry, and became interested in helping persecuted Jews. She wrote articles on the subject and a book called “Songs of a Semite.”  In 1883 she wrote “the New Colossus” and the poem was placed on the statue of liberty in 1903.  Emma never got to see her achievement as she died on November 19, 1887.
  • The “New Colossus” was about America being a refuge to persecuted people, particularly, the Jewish people.  There is a big difference between people running for their lives, and violent people trying to take over.  The above quote from the Niles register was during the War of 1812.  The Madison administration knew the difference between immigration and invasion.
  • The United States Constitution, Article V., Section 4 states: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and Shall protect each of them against Invasion:”
  • The United States Constitution, Article I., Section 8 states that among Congress’ delegated authorities are “To establish an uniform rule of naturalization,”
  • James Madison said, “When we are considering the advantages that may result from an easy mode of naturalization, we ought also to consider the cautions necessary to guard against abuses. … aliens might acquire the right of citizenship, and return to the country from which they came, and evade the laws intended to encourage the commerce and industry of the real citizens and inhabitants of America, enjoying at the same time all the advantages of citizens …”

The Constitution Party of Wisconsin affirms the integrity of the borders of the United States and the Constitutional authority and duty of the federal government to guard and to protect those borders, including the regulation of the numbers and of the qualifications of immigrants into the country. We favor a moratorium on immigration to the United States, except in extreme hardship cases or in other individual special circumstances, until the availability of all federal subsidies and assistance be discontinued, and proper security procedures have been instituted to protect against terrorist infiltration. We insist that every individual group and/or private agency which requests the admission of an immigrant to the required to legally to provide housing and sustenance for such immigrants, bear full responsibility for those immigrants, and post appropriate bonds to seal such covenants. We oppose any extension of amnesty to illegal aliens. We affirm that clearly delineated and secure borders are inherent features of a Nation state.  A borderless state of anarchy means a loss of National Sovereignty.

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