Letter to the Editor

TR's thoughts on immigration

Friday, April 28, 2006

To the editor:

I recently received an interesting e-mail. I sent it to those on my address list and thought it should be passed on to others. This was written by Teddy Roosevelt on immigration in 1907. I wish it were true today.

"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."

Amen. I agree 100 percent. Well-spoken by a Republican, of course.

PAM KELSO, Jackson