Apr 14, 2007 at 1:19 PM
Here is what Teddy Roosevelt said about immigration:

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.

OK That's what Teddy thought. (Now that you've read it, please stop emailing it to me.) What I think about the immigration issue is this: simplicity is in order.

When someone is HERE - unless they are visiting - they are an American. Immigration papers are labels. Labels are nothing more than complexity added to what IS.

A newly arrived person wants to raise a family, joins the American consumer base, joins in on 4th of July activities, works a job AND IS ALREADY an American. In the VAST majority of cases.

We had a huge influx a little over a hundred years ago and at that time, decided to put order into that chaos. Instead, our lovely trusty government added huge heaping masses of complexity, bias and slows -- and every new immigration bill adds MORE complexity rather than making it easier. This complexity is all that allows the criminal element from other countries to exploit the immigration system.

That is the truth, the government needs to stop labeling people incorrectly and get it right. You're an American as soon as you set your sights on living here and want to contribute.

1 Responses to Immigration

  1. Amber Says:

    Desi, as always, this is very well put and very well said. This is a point of view well worth seeing, and reminds me (for ALL issues, not just this one) that there are MANY facts and ideas to consider before judgement; that there should be no such thing as a FINAL judgement or SETTING one's mind to close on a thing.
    Thank you and this is why I need you (and LOVE you to pieces!) Am