frbnkslady 49F
3442 posts
4/19/2006 4:15 pm

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4/27/2006 3:37 pm


Amen to this! 99 years later.

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


danteszippo 53M
4058 posts
4/22/2006 12:15 am

I wholeheartedly agree. speak the language, abide by the law. my ancestors went through hell to be here, they learned the language, did what immigration asked of them and became assimilated into our culture, still retaining great qualities of their own ancestry. No Italian in 1941 picked up a phone and had the option "If you speak Italian prees one." they WANTED to be Americans, and pruodly achieved that goal through much effort. (and for those who stupidly assume I am a rascist, how could I be when my own blood is from another country? illegal is illegal. )

frbnkslady replies on 4/22/2006 4:53 pm:
AMEN I know, my ancestory is hugely varied.. but we embraced America... and learned... T

norprin5 56M

4/19/2006 5:09 pm

no arguments from me...

here in Canada we go with the 'mosaic' theory of immigrant integration, as opposed to the American 'melting pot'...which means that we have 2 official languages, dozens of cultural issues to tiptoe around all the time...

King Nor XVIII

frbnkslady replies on 4/19/2006 10:20 pm:
Yes, I agree. If I moved to another country.. I would not expect special treatment or for them to change the national language to pacify me and mine.. I MOVED there... T

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