Monday, June 11, 2007

Roosevelt and Immigration

Since I am on the topic, an e-mail from my mother-in-law in Arizona.
Teddy Roosevelt, 1907

"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."

Outside of the Bull Moose Party stupidity, he was outstanding.