Some ideas about Immigration

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 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.”  ~ Theodore Roosevelt 1907 ~

With these hard economic times, it will be a little crazy to see what happens with what President Obama wants to do. You can check some stuff written about this topic and Obama here.

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2 Responses to “Some ideas about Immigration”

  1. Teddy’s quote brings to mind Jesus’ words: “You cannot serve two masters.”

    I don’t think ole Teddy meant to be religious or god-like. His intent, I think, is right and powerful: we should not have a divided nation. A nation divided against itself cannot stand.

  2. I think you may enjoy this.

    The quote is authentic but some of the wording is different than the original from Teddy Roosevelt. Also, it was not a quote from 1907 but was written in a letter by then Former President Roosevelt on January 3, 1919 to the President of the American Defense Society. It was read publicly at a meeting on January 5, 1919. Roosevelt died the next day, on January 6, 1919

    Teddy Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States and the youngest to ever occupy the Oval Office. He was Vice President to President William McKinley. In 1901 McKinley was assassinated, Roosevelt took over at age 42. (At age 43 President John F. Kennedy was the youngest to ever be elected President.)
    The actual text from Teddy Roosevelt’s letter is below. There are a few minor differences from the original such as changing “man” to “person” but the content is virtually identical.

    We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.

    But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . .

    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 soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.

    Theodore Roosevelt, January 3, 1919

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