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As we celebrate Independence Day, millions of Americans wonder if we’re witnessing first-hand democracy’s end, and our historic, sovereign nation’s slow but steady dissolution.

Evidence abounds that the grim possibilities are already well underway.

Look no further than South Dakota, where President Joe Biden’s administration, via the National Parks Service, arbitrarily denied the state a permit to hold its magnificent annual Mount Rushmore fireworks display. The administration offered the insincere, dishonest excuse that the COVID-19 threat still lurks.

The true reason Mount Rushmore has been banned from holding its traditional fireworks show is to punish South Dakota and Republican Gov. Kristi Noem. A possible 2024 GOP presidential challenger, Noem unabashedly supported President Donald Trump, who carried the state by 62 percent. She also refused to shut down her state during the coronavirus crisis.

Biden is using the hammer to punish his Republican political opposition.

To rub salt into South Dakota’s wounds, the Bidens will host 1,000 guests at the White House for a Fourth of July barbecue, and to watch a pyrotechnic display over the National Mall.

Biden’s ham-fisted, petty Mount Rushmore bungling will soon fade from the headlines. But behind the scenes, in a less publicized development that will have long-term, nation-breaking consequences, Congress is plotting to pass an amnesty — or perhaps a series of small amnesties — that will forever alter the country’s future.

Although nation-breaking sounds alarmist, consider that amnesty for an unknown total of unlawfully present illegal immigrants — estimates range for 12 million to 25 million — means that eventually they’ll petition nuclear and non-nuclear family members.

Princeton University estimates that, based on historical trends, new Green Card holders petition an average of three relatives — brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and even in-laws.

Doing the simple math, a 2021 amnesty creates potentially anywhere from 36 million to 75 million new immigrants. This is exclusive of the illegal aliens that continue to cross into the country unimpeded.

Combined, these are totals that the nation can’t support either environmentally or fiscally.

Without taking into account the illegal alien surge — U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 520,000 border apprehensions in March, April and May, a 21-year record — the Census Bureau projects that by 2050, the United States will have more than 100 million additional residents, a 31 percent increase, for a total population of 439 million.

No one on Capitol Hill dares go on the record that their constituents’ communities might expand 31 percent during the next three decades if amnesty is enacted.

Although chain migration is immigration’s biggest multiplier, and even though no one has a clue what today’s actual illegal immigrant count is, the Biden administration is determined to force amnesty upon a reluctant public that wants less, not more, immigration.

The Associated Press and the Miami Herald reported that lead Senate Democrats like Sens. Alex Padilla of California and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, spurred on by immigration expansion advocates, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-migration organization FWD.us; and former President George W. Bush, want Biden to include amnesty as part of his $6 trillion infrastructure bill or any other major legislation that may come to the floor of Congress.

In addition to the existing illegally present population, included for Green Card status would be those holding or eligible for deferred action for childhood arrivals, so-called DACAs (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Temporary Protected Status enrollees, and whoever the government designates as essential employees.

Traditionally, columnists write inspiring Independence Day columns that praise the Founding Fathers’ wisdom and American excellence.

While George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton brilliantly formed a new independent government in 1776 based on freedom, equality and opportunity, principles and ideals that still serve the country well, the country is undeniably at a critical turning point with her democracy and founding principles at risk.

— Joe Guzzardi is an analyst and researcher with Progressives for Immigration Reform who now lives in Pittsburgh. He can be reached at jguzzardi@pfirdc.org, or follow him on Twitter: @joeguzzardi19. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

Joe Guzzardi

Joe Guzzardi

Joe Guzzardi is a nationally syndicated columnist writing about immigration and related social issues. A California native who now lives in Pittsburgh, he’s a Progressives for Immigration Reform analyst who can be reached at jguzzardi@pfirdc.org. The opinions expressed are his own.