Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Nonsense!

Nonsense!

“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

All Things being Equal, it is Nothing more than the Law

As I have stated in the addendum of this article, what Theodore Roosevelt was stating was the facts as they stand now pursuant to the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1868. Without too much adieu I would just love to show how this man did not use a phone or a pen to make sure that the law was abided by.

“In the first place,  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.

Now Theodore Roosevelt puts some of his own trimmings on the law insofar as it was the  public policy of the fullest degree. “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.” Again we are confronted by the law itself the same as President’s Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Monroe, and within a short period of years, Lincoln would be saying it too.

Albeit where Roosevelt goes at this point is blatant rhetoric and is implied within the law as well, or more specifically contained within the acts and bills that led to the law itself. Actually around since America’s independence we find it of sincere meaning.

Any new immigrant to this nation has basically two precepts to perform. First, every president since General George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and  James Madison are clearly on the record of stating something to the effect of loyalty to the country. Therefore, number one mission is loyalty to the U.S.A. Secondly, one must show respect for the U.S. Constitution and for the rule of law which ensures them the full enjoyment of liberty.

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