April 13, 2006
A Few Words Of Wisdom On Immigration - From Theodore RooseveltTopics: Immigration and Border Issues
Via Hyscience forum member "nym2000" comes a few words of wisdom for the politicians in Washington and all immigrants to America - from a Republican named Theodore Roosevelt.
Here's Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN:
"In the first place, we 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 person's becoming in every facet 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... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."And let's not forget that "coming here in good faith" begins with coming here legally in the first place, and that indeed, we need not feel that we are being unfair by insisting that people wishing to come to America, do so by obeying our laws in the first instance.
(...) No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it...
(...) The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.
To come across our borders illegally, is a criminal violation of our laws. From that point on the only right that exists for such violators is to return to their country of origin. They are not Americans now, and lack what is required to become an American.
As Theodore Roosevelt said, "We have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people".
That loyalty begins with obeying our laws, and if you are here illegally, you have already broken our laws!
Posted by Richard at April 13, 2006 6:45 AM
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