Teddy Roosevelt on Immigration and Terrorism

Theodore Roosevelt became President in 1901 when President William McKinley was murdered by an anarchist. When Roosevelt delivered his first State of the Union address a few months later, he had this to say about his predecessor’s assassin:
“They and those like them should be kept out of this country; and if found here they should be promptly deported to the country whence they came; and far-reaching provision should be made for the punishment of those who stay….The American people are slow to wrath, but when their wrath is kindled it burns like a consuming flame.”
Roosevelt’s words are even more apt today, as we face dangers far greater than those posed by the anarchists and sundry other terrorists of 100 years ago.


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