President Theodore Roosevelt on immigration in 1907

US President Theodore Roosevelt

Every nation has the right, indeed the obligation, to preserve its culture and heritage for future generations. Immigration, while an important consideration with respect to a countries growth should be monitored and effectively controlled. Even the father of American Progressivism, President Theodore Roosevelt understood this fact. In a 1907 speech on the issue of immigration he said the following:

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American who assimilates 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.”

Levels were higher before WWII and have also declined recently. Immigration probably helps the economy overall and illegal and legal immigrants often pay more in taxes than they receive back in terms of government services.

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