nullBefore last night’s Detroit Tigers game against the Cleveland Indians (the Tigers won on Miguel Cabrera’s two-run walkoff homer in the ninth, thank you very much), Tigers shortstop Placido Polanco joined many others on the field to be sworn in as American citizens.

For Polanco, here’s why:

“I wanted to be here in this country — it’s a country of opportunity,” Polanco said. “I work here playing baseball, and baseball has been very good to me and my family. God bless America.”

Too bad Polanco didn’t say this on the 4th of July, because the exploding heads of angry, America-hating uber-libs would have been the perfect compliment to all the fireworks. And, if you were an uber-lib watching this last night, it got even more frightening:

United States District Court Judge Gerald E. Rosen read from the Declaration of Independence and later led the newest group of Americans through a recitation of The Pledge of Allegiance.

I only mention this as a reminder that, yes, people still become citizens the legal way. In spite of all the anti-American anger, both domestic and abroad, that we see and read every day, there are still many, many people who aren’t U.S. citizens who appreciate this country, view it as the land of opportunity, and strive to come here legally. These are the people America should and does welcome with open arms.

There’s been so much talk about illegals lately who come to America just so somebody else can pay the freight for their entire lives that’s it’s refreshing to see the spotlight where it belongs: on those who longed to be Americans not just for what the country can offer them, but most importantly what they knew they’d be free to offer it.

John F. Kennedy’s famous quote is still heeded — it’s just not reported nearly enough.

Welcome to America, Placido Polanco and company!

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