Quotes Don’t Mean Anything

I found this article on Vox today. According to these people immigration is what made the United States great. They ignore the ideas that were pushed forth during the founding. They ignore just about every historical fact we have. Instead of historical policy or actions they stoop to the level of quotes.

“America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions,” he told newly arrived Irishmen in 1783.

– George Washington

The question arising to anyone with a brain is what else did Mr. First President of the United States say in regards to immigration? Well I have compiled a list of some good ones since that is apparently an objective way to measure our current immigration laws.

There is no need for encouraging immigration:

“My opinion, with respect to emigration, is that except of useful mechanics and some particular descriptions of men or professions, there is no need of encouragement, while the policy or advantage of its taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits, and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them.” [In a Letter to John Adams, November 15, 1794, The Writings of George Washington, edited by Worthington Chauncey Ford, Vol. XII, p. 489, 1889.]

Foreign influence:

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens, the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican Government.”  [From his Farewell Address to the People of the United States, September 17, 1796, The Writings of George Washington, Vol. XII, p. 315, 1889.]

Aliens enlisting in the military:

“You should be extremely cautious in your enquiries into the character of those who are not natives who offer to enlist. Desertions among men of that class have been so frequent that unless you find ‘em on examination to be of good  and unsuspicious conduct, they should not be taken by any means. Otherwise, most probably, they will deceive you—add no strength to our arms, but much expense to the Public account and upon first opportunity will join the Enemy.”  [Letter from General Washington to a Colonel Baylor, June 19, 1777, from The Writings of George Washington, Vol. V, p. 441, 1889.] 

To further drive the nail in the coffin of this idiotic insinuation, let’s have a look at the first act of Washington’s congress: the Naturalization Act of 1790. Which  explicitly states that:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That any Alien being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen…

-Naturalization Act of 1790

Washington followed that up with similar legislation in 1795 that stated the same criteria, white men of good moral character. So clearly the immigration Washington was talking about was strictly European and he was even skeptical of it. Vox aren’t the only people to try to change history with quotes, but I found this to be particularly egregious. Immigration is a negative to this country and its people.Don’t let them rewrite history; push back on these ridiculous narratives as if your life depended on it, because it does.



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