A U.S. Presidents Thoughts on Immigration

Although there is some controversy on when this was said and where; the words are true and as written.

Most commonly it is said this was a speech by Teddy in 1909 but through a little research I found it is actually an exert from  letter that he wrote to Richard Hurd in January 1919 shortly before his death.

Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1919:

“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 1919

Every American citizen needs to read this!

The full letter has be posted on Ballseye’s Boomers Blog and PDF version from the Library Of Congress can be seen at Snopes.Com

Now for my opinion ….Teddy was the MAN! Why can’t a modern day president have thoughts like this. This nation is headed down a road that will lead us to the same place all those other waring nations have found. These immigrants leave their countries because it is so bad there and better here.Then they want us to change the US so it is more like the country they came from. If they wanted that they should have just stayed there! I called a company the other day and when I got through the computer voice on the other end said press 2 for English. WTF we don’t even get #1 anymore!


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