Thursday, May 16, 2019

After wearing my red MAGA hat in downtown Brooklyn this morning, I decided out of the blue to write a post about immigration. The gist of what I wrote was that not everyone on this planet is entitled to move to the United States, concluding with a profanity-laced tirade about the necessity for building the Wall. Discretion got the better of me and I decided instead to publish an excerpt of a letter written by Theodore Roosevelt to Richard M. Hurd on January 3, 1919:

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become 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. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as 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, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one, sole loyalty, and that loyalty is to the American people.”

Note: this is my verbatim transcription of the actual letter (except for a couple of typos, which I corrected). There are many versions floating around the internet, many of which are not complete.

I did not learn about Trump’s unveiling of his intelligent, common-sense immigration plans until later in the evening, probably because I had buried in the back of my mind the date of his speech and was subconsciously avoiding it because there have been so many disappointments regarding immigration reform, going back for decades. I was simply following Benjamin Franklin’s advice: don’t expect much and you won’t be disappointed.

After watching a video of Trump’s speech, I have only one comment: LONG LIVE DONALD TRUMP!

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