How Should We Treat Immigrants?

I received an email not long ago with a supposed speech by Theodore Roosevelt.  While not actually one of his speeches (it was a letter) and not written while he was president, it was true.  Here is the content of the email:

‘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.’

The actual letter, held by the Library of Congress, can be viewed here. Personally, I feel that Roosevelt is correct.  One of the major problems I see in the country today are immigrants, who come to this country and refuse to assimilate into American culture.

Roosevelt had this to say about language:

“Let us say to the immigrant not that we hope he will learn English, but that he has got to learn it. Let the immigrant who does not learn it go back. He has got to consider the interest of the United States or he should not stay here. He must be made to see that his opportunities in this country depend upon his knowing English and observing American standards. The employer cannot be permitted  to regard him only as an industrial asset.

What do you think? Should those refusing to learn American English be sent packing? If not, what justification can you offer for not requiring English?

Another pet peeve of mine was also mentioned by Roosevelt:

Col. Roosevelt said he came to St. Louis to speak on Americanism; to speak of and condemn the use of the hyphen “whenever it represents an effort to form political parties along racial lines or to bring pressure to bear on parties and politicians, not for American purposes, but in the interest of some group of voters of a certain national origin or of the country from which they or their fathers came.”

One hundred years later, we have the same problem. So called “African-Americans,” “Mexican-Americans,” “Hispanic-Americans” and so forth. These groups are not formed for the betterment of America but rather their own self interests.  Granted, folks can call themselves anything they wish but those calling themselves hyphenated Americans should be ostracized and if not citizens, sent packing. Let’s face it, if their mother country was so great, why did they leave?  Do you agree?

3 thoughts on “How Should We Treat Immigrants?”

  1. E-Verify should be on the national agenda to countermand any illegal alien infiltration into the working environment. Whatever needs to done should take priority to remove the unauthorized labor in our jobless nation. More funding, more modifications until the illegal immigrant fraudulent use of documentation becomes a thing of the past. Using whatever technical programming that is available, to make it’s operation inadvisable? Any database including state criminal, FBI, Social Security, Homeland Security, and any other means possible. Ultimately the final version would contribute photo verification, national ID system with biometric data which has been recommended by the Brooking’s Institute and Duke University MIT. Supposedly small employers who don’t operate computers should have common access in such locations as Post Offices or other approachable government building to identify the workers they are hiring.

    There should be no excuse to not install a nationwide mandatory system of worker identification. My suggestion is that–ALL-I-9’s should be copied and a duplicates sent to a Homeland Security Clearing House? Creating such an office would be a simple affair, if our state and federal government would be more beneficial to the working American male and female. If our government is sincere in securing our borders, ports and airlines and introducing new immigration enforcement tools, then E-Verify will become the final deterrent and not be weakened by Sen Harry Reid and his administration. I have made a point of speaking to a few business human resources departments, and found most are enthusiastic about the use of Verify. Only 1 of the 6 companies that I investigated determined some false negatives” and “false positives. But they always have a backup system of contacting the Social Security agency nearest to them, until the irregularities are resolved. Most immigration enforcement laws that have survived, such as 287 (g), is under attack, including the ICE raids. They have already silently rescinded the No-Match-Letter and other indicators show that the parties have many pro-illegal immigrant legislators amongst them?

    All that remains is citizens and legal residents to stop the Obama people from throwing a wrench in the cogs and stopping any technological advancement with E-Verify. E-Verify can be used on a universal level in checking bogus drivers license applications, auto insurance, home purchase, health care and other personal data. It would certainly alleviate the kidnapping of social service programs by the 20 to 30 illegal immigrants in America. It would displace foreign nationals so down-trodden legal single mums with children, homeless vets, senior citizens and even students could get employment. It all depends on all of us to contact our Representative in Washington at 202-224-3121. Tell them you don’t want half measures by full permanent implementation? NO MORE DRAGGING THEIR FEET? Tell them your remember them on next election day. YOU ALSO WANT TO COMMAND THEM. NO MORE AMNESTIES.

    There could be massive civil unrest if illegal immigrants get preference over the millions of potential immigrants waiting in foreign countries for an entry visa, who took the legal road here. Only a few major riots like ‘Watts” have ever incubate into a backlash of violence, not seen since the British loyalists were hunted down by the revolutionaries. Their is a building crescendo on the Internet, that sees the Democrats forcing through any kind of citizenship as a dangerous precedence?

    How can you count illegal immigrants, when they don’t even exist other than on ICE arrest lists. Sen. Vitters is right you cannot enumerate those who purposely broke the law. Small states will miss out big time on federal dollars in the 2010 Census, while mass illegal immigrant states will gain more seats in Congress and too much power and influence in general elections? California specifically, because of the handicapped zombie Liberal Democrats In Sacramento, who should be thrown out of office into a garbage dump, owing to the billions they used underwriting the illegal alien population. They caused the financial crisis in the once-Golden state, by ignoring the millions of illegal aliens, gang bangers bleeding San Fran and Los Angeles dry of revenue. Of course ICE could check the immigration status of those who are counted, even though it’s supposedly against US law? Or is counting 20 million plus (?) non-legal residence against the US Constitution? But then these politicians do not recognize what is illegal from illegal anymore? Democrats are still endeavoring to give the children of illegal immigrants, access to colleges and university. Our children should come first because we are citizens and permanent residents. My son is a citizen and born here and deserves the consideration from the legislators, not as in some states given special treatment to children whose parents condemn them to a life of being hunted by ICE.

    Don’t let them distract you, but repeat your demands without hesitation to these open border jerks. Invest a little time and check what your politicians are doing to our immigration enforcement safeguard at NUMBERSUSA. Read about the consequences of future OVERPOPULATION at CAPSWEB and our collapsing infrastructure, that has been ignored for decades nationwide. Last read factual information at JUDICIAL WATCH that discloses the lawmakers, that are running the country for themselves, friends and business associates. ITS ALL FREE. Read that some of the White House Czars are not true Democrats, but are shadowed by their past Liberal Marxist backgrounds.

  2. I not sure I can agree on a ‘national id system’ of any nature. The next thing you know, we’ll have a chip implanted and be fully controlled by the government, being able to do nothing without getting chipped. However, my post speaks to the legal immigrants who refuse to assimilate into the American culture. What are your thoughts there?

  3. I feel the need to caution you about how you draw the boundaries between that which is “American” and that which is not. Of course, legal distinctions of citizenship are important, but in entering the realm of cultural demarcation, you may be playing with fire.

    When Roosevelt writes of thorough cultural assimilation, we would do well to remember that this man signed Executive Order 9066 – the government decision to place American citizens of Japanese ancestry in internment camps. Should one’s distaste for the hyphenated “Japanese-American” go so far? Even when, by war’s end, not one of these individuals turned out to be a spy for Japan?

    So racial discrimination endorsed by the government may not be wise. Still, things are easier when everyone speaks the same language, right?

    But then, whose language is it? The U.S. Government acknowledges no official language. English simply serves as the default by virtue of its popularity. And many native speakers of English only know it because of the legacy of the British Empire. Should we guard with special reverence the language of an imperialist force that conquered the world through processes of “colonization” that often centered around displacing, abusing and killing foreign peoples? There’s nothing wrong with the language of Shakespeare, but you’ll have to excuse me if the notion of demanding that a foreigner learn it seems eerily familiar.

    I just don’t know why the Anglo-Saxon Protestant tradition should serve as the official cultural core of the United States. In fact, I suggest that the racial majority does not have the prerogative to impose its way of life on anyone. As it is, many immigrants do make an effort to learn English and even broken or accented English can often serve well enough for economic and social integration. If you’re unsatisfied with their efforts, perhaps you’d also like to admonish “brittanicus” for the spelling and grammatical irregularities of his or her post. If I were you, I’d just be happy that this person saw fit to write such a long post on your blog.

    The United States is a diverse place, and I, for one, am pleased with that fact. I like having sushi, tacos and tortellini all within walking distance of my place. I enjoy multicultural society, and I don’t mind having seeing “choking hazard” written in Spanish, French and English on the outside of the happy meal toys at my local McDonald’s. I don’t why it should bother me. Are we wasting ink? I’ll take that in stride.

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