Let me clarify; that’s legal immigration by people who want a better life, are willing to work hard to make it happen and who have as their goal to become Americans, not some other nationality living in America.
After all, without these people most Americans, me included, would not be here. Immigration is essential to the growth of our Country.
Today something is different; assimilation seems to be replaced by accommodation which in the long run benefits no one, including the immigrant.
Today I called my cable provider and was greeted in English and Spanish. Virtually every product I buy has instructions in both English and Spanish.
Yesterday my granddaughter greeted me with “hola abuelo.”
I’m all for learning a second language or more, but why the need to discourage quickly learning and using the language of your adopted country?
Here is what Teddy Roosevelt had to say in a letter nearly 100 years ago.
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 every one 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 man’s becoming in very fact 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. . . 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 soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.
Something is different in America today. The question is not what, but why?
To expect some reasonable standards and expectations of today’s immigrants is not being discriminatory or anti-immigration. Perhaps my knowledge of history is blurred, but it seems to me past waves of immigrants needed no encouragement to learn English or to become Americans while still maintaining their family traditions and heritage.
The hyphen-American is going to be our downfall.
What’s your opinion?
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