I am first generation American, that means my parents came from another county in my case being Greece. They did not leave a hostile environment they left because America as corny as it may sound to some today was the land of opportunity where immigrants had the vision that they can better themselves economically in America whereas in a poor nation like Greece the odds were against them.
One thing they were more than willing to do was adopt our ways, they were to assimilate the American culture. This was not a will that came under pressure, this was the common sense of the day to fit in as fast as possible and they were very eager to do so. They went out of their way to learn English and attend night school if need be. My father served in World War I and was sent to France and when World War II broke out he wanted to serve once again but the age requirement did not allow him to do so. My mom as I was growing up constantly preached to me that America is the best country in the world and that I should always love my country. I will tell you that this was the attitude of all immigrants coming to America and I will also say that this is the way it has been until very recently.
This brings us to the present where the attitude of many immigrants today do not want to assimilate, they are here for the wrong reasons and one of them being “what is America going to do for me.” they are here for welfare, food stamps, free health care and the list goes on. On top of this you have many immigrants from the Middle East who are leaving hostility and they are coming here and bringing all their anger and customs without wanting to fit in, they want to be left alone with their own laws and customs and demanding Americans to change American customs and values to fit in with theirs. In other words they do not want to assimilate and this is very wrong and they should not be allowed to migrate to our country with this kind of attitude.
To make this all worst we have Obama who seems to care less about all this in his actions and his talk. I never would have believed that in my lifetime I would witness a president who acts so un-American. This is a disgrace for the people who have migrated to America, many of them with just the shirts off their backs to start a new life and asking for nothing but to be given the chance to come here and prove themselves to be good Americans and apply for America citizenship. This is why we say we are a country of immigrants something these new immigrants should learn what it will take to become Americans.
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 believe that Obama has never taken the time to read this.