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Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN

"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 man's becoming in very fact 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, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...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

Well said Mr. Roosevelt, well said.

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The key word is ‘illegal'
By CECIL HERNDON [email protected]

Whenever we hear someone defending the presence of millions of illegal immigrants in this country, part of a dialogue comes to mind from an old movie, "Undefeated."

The scene's setting was somewhere in the South at the close of the Civil War. A messenger rides into a Union camp and informs the officer in charge that the South had surrendered, ending the long and bloody war.

Days later, having taken the formal steps to end his service, the Union officer is on his way home when he comes across a small company of Confederate soldiers in full battle gear.

The Union officer asked for the Confederate officer in charge, and out steps a bedraggled uninformed rebel with one arm, the other apparently lost in battle.

"Haven't you heard?" asked the Union officer. "The South has surrendered."

"Yes, sir, heard yesterday," said the southerner.

"So the war's over," the Union officer said.

"No sir," said the southerner.

"You mean you're still going to fight? But why?"

The Confederate officer said, "This is our land. You're on it."

If that defiant rebel were real and alive today, he no doubt would feel the same way about the foreign invaders who entered this country illegally. This is our land, they're on it.

Americans are generous people who've always welcomed strangers to share the blessings of our land, but only if they respect our laws and the integrity of our borders.

Those who enter our country illegally demonstrate their contempt for our laws.

Worse, thousands of defiant aliens have taken to the streets of our cities to protest a House bill that would strengthen our border security and make violating our borders a felony.

Bills pending in the Senate would grant legal status to millions of illegals already here. Those who have gotten away with violating our laws longest would get the most preferential treatment. That is absurd.

All such bills are labeled as immigration reforms. In reality, they amount to an open admission that current laws haven't been enforced. Had they been enforced vigorously, no new laws would be needed. Employers who knowingly hire low-wage illegal aliens do so illegally and no doubt favor legal status for those workers.

But it's precisely because they are here illegally that these workers settle for low wages. Given legal status, they could and would demand wages on par with American workers. Employers would lose the edge gained from low-wage workers.

In any case, the word "illegal" speaks for itself. That is our land, they're on it -- illegally.

Cecil Herndon is an outdoor writer for the Kentucky New Era. His column runs every Wednesday and Saturday.

Copyright © 2000, Kentucky New Era, All Rights Reserved.

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now that they have advanced this far they will

have many children and win there point by satcheration by numbers .,

they are wining as they stand right were they are in the game ,and every child that they have makes there present stronger

just as the catholic [and im catholic ] encouaged large famileys of corse

its a better thing that there majority christians [peaceable by history the
mexican south american issue but i need more input on that

its still a law thats been broken you can match it up with a lot of guys doing time for lesser crimes [that are born american ] shades of rome burning ithink i said that before
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