Monday, December 05, 2005

More on Immigrants

As I was trying to reduce the size of my e-mail backlog (thanks Nick!) today, I came across the below item in one of Chuck Muth's newsletters. You know you are on the right side of an argument when Teddy Roosevelt agrees with you.
"(I)f 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 man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. . . . There can be no divided allegiances 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. . . . (W)e 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." - Teddy Roosevelt, 1907

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