Letters to the Editor

Roosevelt said it best about immigration: about loyality

Recently, I found this quote in one of my magazines about what Theodore Roosevelt had to say about immigration:

“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 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 loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 1907

I could not put it any better.

Robert J. Prete

Bradenton

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