Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses
I received this in an e-mail this morning [hattip to Obi-Wan] and it speaks to the core of the immigration issue and to America's soveriegn right to determine who is given the priviledge of becoming an American citizen.
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
During the recent Cinco de Mayo celebrations here in the SF bay area scads of cars cruised the streets brazenly desplaying the flag of Mexico, but only a few included the American flag as a token display. I was not persuaded that they give a rip about American. I've never been racist, but living in a neighborhood over-populated with non-english speaking residents who show no sign of learning the language or assimilating into the culture (becoming American) I find I'm really tired of seeing the Mexican flag on every car and hearing the Mexican stations blaring out of their music from their car stereos. There is no demonstrated desire to assimliate, learn the language, or become "good neighbors" in their neighborhoods. It is hard to be supportive of a people that clearly isn't interested in being part of the American society.
I'll leave it to you all to decide whether or not you agree with Teddy, or the voices of la raza, A.N.S.W.E.R, and the other anti-American organizations lending their support and muscle to the "immigrants' rights" fight.
For my part, immigrants do not have rights unless they come here legally. Illegal immigrants have only the right to be deported. Period.