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Louisiana Governor Discusses Why Immigrants Should Assimilate

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal thinks it is necessary for immigrants to assimilate in their new country.

Jindal’s views on assimilation immigration will be given in a foreign policy speech as part of his European trade mission on Friday, Jan. 16.

The potential presidential candidate will draw from his own experience as an immigrant coming to the United States from India, according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by Politico. Jindal’s parents immigrated to the United States 45 years ago.

“My dad and mom told my brother and me that we came to America to be Americans — not Indian-Americans,” Jindal will say. “If we wanted to be Indians, we would have stayed in India. It’s not that they are embarrassed to be from India. They love India. But they came to America because they were looking for greater opportunity and freedom.”

Jindal sees immigration as something that can strengthen or weaken a country, depending on how the immigrants assimilate.

“It is my view that immigration can make a country stronger, or it can make a country weaker,” Jindal will say. “It really depends on whether the immigrants coming to your country are coming to join your culture, your morals, your laws, and to become a part of your history.”

If the immigrant does not appear to want to join your country fully, Jindal sees no issue with discriminating against them, even in a "melting pot" like the United States.

“Over time, a different philosophy has crept in, and that philosophy now dominates the thinking of the American left, and perhaps even the mainstream of thinking in Europe,” Jindal will say. “This philosophy holds the view that it is wrong to expect assimilation — that assimilation is colonialist, assimilation is backward and assimilation is in fact evidence of cultural bigotry and insensitivity.

“They think it is unenlightened, discriminatory and even racist to expect immigrants to endorse and assimilate into the culture in their new country,” Jindal will add. “This is complete rubbish!

“But I am explicitly saying that it is completely reasonable for nations to discriminate,” Jindal will say, “between allowing people into their country who want to embrace their culture, or allowing people into their country who want to destroy their culture, or establish a separate culture within."

For Jindal, ethnic heritage is not something that should be hyphenated nor forgotten even with assimiliation.

“I do not believe in hyphenated Americans,” Jindal will say. “This view gets me into some trouble with the media back home. They like to refer to Indian-Americans, Irish-Americans, African-Americans, Italian-Americans, Mexican-Americans and all the rest.”

When it comes to speaking English, Jindal will say it is something those who become American citizens should learn while still embracing their ethnic heritage.

Jindal also plans to speak on the sectarian tensions in Paris, where some Muslims want to live in a “no-go zone” and under religious Sharia law, reports Newsmax.  The scrutiny of such walled-off communities has intensified following the terrorist attacks in Paris recently as the terrorists were reportedly from one such area in Paris.

Sources: Politico, Newsmax / Photo Source: Wikipedia Commons