February 17, 2008

A President's Speech On Immigration

"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."

~Theodore Roosevelt 1907

8 comments:

rockync said...

A very sensible stance that is probably more crucial today than it was then. I think once the election is over and we have a new seated president, we should all send this speech to the White House and our state reps.

sheoflittlebrain said...

I've always admired T. Roosevelt, and I love this speech.
United we stand..divided we fall..

The Hermit said...

He had a lot of common sense.

Jan said...

rockync..we could send copies until the cows come home, but I doubt that it would do any good, don't you?

It would be nice if the average citizen did have that kind of influence on our elected leaders, that they would be moved to do something about the problem.

Jan said...

She..yes, and there is also the old saying that a house divided against itself cannot stand, and that is pretty much what we have in this country.

Jan said...

Hermit..yes, too bad that no one was interested, obviously.

The Frank Family said...

This was truly a beautiful man indeed!!!

DNR said...

Amen Jan, amen!!!