Congress is being duped

To the editor:

In 1907 President Teddy Roosevelt stated, "We should insist if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, we 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.

"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 is something else, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for one language here, that is the English language, and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is the loyalty to the American people."

Wise words, which our congressmen do not seem to remember.

We notice what the protesters in Los Angeles did. They hoisted the Mexican flag on top of the flag pole, then the American flag under it upside down. They call this reclaiming the Alamo.

Those who came here in the late 19th and early 20th century came mostly from Ireland, Poland, Italy, Bohemia, Germany, Greece, Norway and Denmark. They had no colonial possessions, they came here in hopes of a new and better life.

Something entirely different motivates the Hispanic. Their inspiration is anti-Americanism which they cheerfully show in banners saying, "This is our continent, not yours!" They claim citizenship to be their right, rather than something to be earned. Their ultimate fantasy is to retake what they think was formerly their ancestors' land.

Tragically, they have been able to dupe idealistic congressmen into advancing their cause behind the facade of ethnic pride and civil rights.

Nothing is more un-American, especially for those requesting American citizenship.

We need to let our congressmen know they are being duped, but good.


Connie Fagerhaug


For the USA

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