Sunday, April 02, 2006

Immigration

In the wake of all the protests on immigration policies this week, here is a quote worth reading....

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

I just don't understand people protesting that the our policies are discriminatory against illegal aliens. HELLO....they're here ILLEGALLY!

12 comments:

Ed Bacchus said...

I agree with you 100%. If they don't like it, go back home.....

SalGal said...

I think it's pretty ballsy of people to protest waving Mexican flags and speaking Spanish...

b said...

I agree. If you do something ILLEGALLY you should have to pay.

feelin' fiesty! lol said...

okay, so i just recently talked with a lady who is of hispanic origin and got her views on this whole deal... she is currently working at Macy's and told me that she has started telling the spanish speaking customers that she doesn't speak spanish, because she feels that they need to learn english, she had to learn it, her father had to learn it, and her daughter had to learn it.... and as far as my own opinion.... i think that we (meaning America) must have immigration laws, which may mean excluding people, but honestly, if i chose to move to mexico, or france, or germany, or china for that matter, i wouldn't expect everyone to speak english and treat me special... if that is where i choose to live, i need to be obedient to the society's laws that were set in place long before i came along as well as societies customs.... i adjust, society doesn't adjust to my needs... and if that makes us cruel and heartless, take a good look in the mirror world....

Chicka said...

Preachin' to the choir. We enjoy dancing in our Polish dance group, but we don't speak exclusively Polish, nor did our ancestors. THey came here and LEARNED THE LANGUAGE. They kept some of the customs to pass down, but that's what heritage is!

But when in Rome.... (And if you want to be a "Roman," you'd best speak the language.)

GeminiWisdom said...

ditto with goob/kris. I blogged on this myself because that damn protest made me late getting back to my job from lunch. Check out my "Illegal Woes" post.

peebugg said...

I agree as well, they just know that we are a country that will fight amongst ourselves over any cause.....so they stir the pot and get a free ride.

Those saying we are cruel to non-citizens should visit a South American jail and see how nicely Americans are treated there!!!

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Big Gay Sam said...

blech! spammers! Now those are the people that should be deported.

Generalizing is such a dangerous past time. Germany started it's holocaust on just such generalizations.

90% of these people are hardworking, God fearing, law abiding non-citizens. Undocumented immigrants contribute 15 billion dollars to our economy each year.

Because of our biased immigration laws most of these people had no other choice than to enter this country undocumented. They had no place else to turn. Their own governments are corrupt and economies are bankrupt. Either that or they are escaping sure death from death squads in several of these central American countries. That or starvation. They came here to survive or to make something of themselves. Just as any human being would. If you live close enough to a country like America while you're starving or fearing for your life, wouldn't you do the same?

I know most of you have visions of unwashed hordes stealthily crossing the border, but the fact is most of these people came in legally. Either with work permits or passports/visas. They just stayed after their permits expired.

I would also like to point out that here in the southwest, Spanish was the second language spoken in this country. Native languages were the first.

Native peoples are encouraged to keep their heritage and language alive. Why is it so different for hispanic people?

Waving a Mexican flag isn't a sign of divided loyalties, it's a sign of pride for one's heritage.

I would also like to point out that these immigrants aren't refusing to learn English. They are doing the best they can. It's not like they can go to the local college and take classes. That requires I.D.'s like social security cards and drivers license. Not to mention proof of residency. How many undocumented immigrants do you know who are willing to publicize their address? How convenient for the Immigration Department. Might as well hang a sign in your yard stating your status as a non-citizen.

Legalize them. They're here. They're part of our economy.

drama mama said...

Thanks for the great comment Sam! I had been waiting for a good one from a different perspective!

You da best!

I also think it's sad that many of the Native languages are being forgotten because the youth aren't learning them to pass down to future generations.

Gem said...

I will say, though, that some of the most ardent protesters against illegal aliens are LEGAL immigrants. I work at a daycare in Mexicantown part of Detroit. One of our childcare workers, Abuelita she's called, came here 52 years ago -- legally. It just burns her up (she'll talk your ear off about it) that people come in now illegally and get on welfare, get free health care and childcare, when she and her husband had to work very hard to get her legally and make it. She has 7 kids, all of whom they put through parochial school. She never took aid or welfare. Anyway, that's another perspective.

Big Gay Sam said...

One person does not a majority make. I have spent most of my life living around and working with undocumented immigrants. None of whom are on welfare. You have to be a legal citizen to apply. Nor do any of them have free health care or free child care. The extended family members take care of the children while parents work.

I'm glad that your friend was able to become naturalized 52 years ago. Things have changed since then. Immigration laws were a lot different and a lot less biased in their "quotas."

I have spoken to many legal Mexican/Americans and my own relatives regarding this issue. So far I haven't run across anyone that is against allowing these poor people to become citizens. Not one.