The year is 1907, one hundred and 3 years ago.
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
These words and thoughts are timeless. Over 100 years later, these words are even more relevant to what is happening in our country today than they ever were before.
This country has been made up of immigrants from its inception, including the visits by Cristobal Colon. The immigration laws in place in this country are neither bigoted nor racist as some activists with specific political agenda have alleged. The existing immigration laws are there to protect our country and to ensure that all who come here are able to become citizens because of a sincere love for this country -- after having been legal residents for the required length of time.
I am proud to say I became an American citizen after over 40 years' residence as a LEGAL immigrant. Every immigrant who comes here LEGALLY proves their intent and desire to follow our laws and support our country. Why should the laws not be followed by everyone?
It is revolting and repugnant for Mr. Obama, as the current President of the United States, to impugn the integrity of the entire law enforcement community, as well as the entire legislature of a state. His and the liberal left's claims that enforcement of federal and state immigration laws will supposedly allow his imaginary jackbooted agents to drag any immigrant and his children from an ice cream shop to subject them to interrogation are absurd, disgusting, and frankly of grave concern, when one considers who is expressing these views.
It is the horrendous and disgusting perspective, exemplified by Mr. Obama's comments, perpetuated by the liberals, which have caused this country to come to this difficult pass.
It is time for Americans to stand up for the truth. We who are reasonable people -- thankfully, still the greater majority of Americans -- must respend, must set the record straight, and must not allow the misrepresentations and lies to continue, even if the lies and misrepresentations are perpetrated by the man holding the highest and most important office in the land.
It is imperative that our country's laws be followed by, and applied to, ALL who wish to come here, as long as they wish to meld and assimilate into our Country, support our Constitution, and not expect some special considerations not afforded to the millions of others who wish to come to our country.