June 27, 2007

One Loyalty

"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

1 comment:

An American once born in Canada said...

This whole issue is politics at its finest on the national level, from both sides of the aisle. It seems like both dems and reps think the 'illegal vote' moves together with the "hispanic vote" and all other "immigrant votes" and will be collectively won solely on the illegal immigration issue/bill. In reality, the vote shouldn't matter at all because the illegals don't have any! If things are done as they should be, most illegals will be forced to go home because they won't find work from any honest employer here (because employers should be heavily fined for hiring illegals) and the rest will be picked up, one by one, over time, and sent home. Regardless if this is the solution, illegals shouldn't have a vote because they aren't citizens. Stop playing politics and start thinking about the system we have in place: Legal entry to the country, citizenship exams, work visas, etc. This is a smack to all legal immigrants (like my parents from Canada who waited 14 years to take their exams and will consider themselves Americans until they die) and has outrageously huge costs on the nation, even beyond the stagerring financial affects posted previously.