Listen to Teddy Roosevelt on immigration  

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To the editor:

Over the last few weeks, we have seen a concerted effort by organized groups protesting the government’s attempt to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.

Could it be that our elected officials have forgotten that for all these many years we have been a nation of legal immigrants who became loyal citizens of the United States? Have our elected officials also forgotten that we are a nation of law?

It would be good to mention here that in 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt gave the following short speech; which should be the basic position of our president and the members of the entire Congress:

“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, 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 but for 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.”

 While talking about immigrants, President Roosevelt states: “And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people,” which in my considered opinion should be directed to all our elected officials. For some unknown reason they have forgotten that by not listening to our forefathers who shaped this great nation they are slowly dividing us into a nation with little or no respect for the law.

We are indeed on a slippery slope.

Louis C. Ripa
Ocean City


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