June 29, 2007

More On the Immigration Issue....

....I have to whole heartedly agree with President Theodore Roosevelt. I have published this quote before on the blog but I think it is fitting to revisit it in this current time of heightened awareness of immigration issues.

"[W]e should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...
There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

-- Former President Theodore Roosevelt, in a letter to the president of the American Defense Society dated January 3, 1919, three days before Roosevelt's death

1 comment:

Always glad to have some form of reaction/response to my posts. Caustic or otherwise.