The story of legal immigration in America has always been of immigrants entering our nation and then assimilating to our culture.

But Barack Obama has turned that on its head.

The latest scandal surrounding Obama’s encouragement for immigrants to reject assimilation has many questioning his motives.

Legal immigrants seeking American citizenship have taken the Oath of Allegiance ever since Congress passed the Naturalization Act of 1790.

Throughout the years, Congress has amended the oath.

The Internal Security Act of 1950 added language about bearing arms on behalf the United States.

The current oath reads as follows:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

But Obama stepped in and made the controversial decision to allow immigrants to opt out of declaring they will “bear arms on behalf of the United States.”

Breitbart reports:

“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.

This radical change was announced a year ago, in July of 2015. Congress did not enact the change in new legislation. There was no congressional debate, no filibuster in the US Senate, and no sit-in in the House to demand that a bill to repeal the USCIS action be brought to a vote.”

In Obama’s America, immigrants are encouraged to maintain the cultural identity of their birth nation.

Critics contend that allowing immigrants to opt out of saying they will defend the United States is another move by Obama to erase our national identity and discourage assimilation.

Our founding principles of limited government, individual liberty and freedom are dependent on Americans understanding and defending the pillars of our society.

18.7 potential naturalized citizens will be permitted to put aside pledging to fight for our national values.

If a new America emerges where those living inside her borders have no concept of what makes the nation special and unique, then the country will have lost its moorings.

America would then be assimilated to her immigrants as opposed to immigrants assimilating to America.