Basic Immigrant Statement



I recently received this letter from a friend and thought people needed to be reminded on the basis of which the status of immigrants was then, and should still hold true today.

I fail to see how basic this statement and who still doesn't get it.

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." A hyphenated American has yet to become a citizen.

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Joan Griggs


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