Thoughts on Immigration by the President

 The year is 1907, one hundred years ago……

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

One Response to “Thoughts on Immigration by the President”

  1. steve Says:

    I think that to be an American we should all have to speak, eat, dress and worship the same way our British-American forefathers did immediately after the Revolutionary war. Heck, it works for the Omish. I bet they don’t have a “problem” with immigrants.

    Also, everyone from Canada to Chile is an American. The tendency for US citizens to refer to themselves as “Americans” like they are the only ones drives Juliana nuts.

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