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They Who Knock at Our Gates

A Complete Gospel of Immigration

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Author: Mary Antin
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,643 / 72 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.5
Downloads: 1,038
Added to site: 2015.04.23
mnybks.net#: 32034
Genre: Non-fiction
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mmigration is guilty of political heresy. The Declaration of Independence accords to all men an equal share in the inherent rights of humanity. When we go contrary to that principle, we are not acting as Americans; for, by definition, an American is one who lives by the principles of the Declaration. And we surely violate the Declaration when we attempt to exclude aliens on account of race, nationality, or economic status. "All men" means yellow men as well as white men, men from the South of Europe as well as men from the North of Europe, men who hold kingdoms in pawn, and men who owe for their dinner. We shall have to recall officially the Declaration of Independence before we can lawfully limit the application of its principles to this or that group of men.

Americans of refined civic conscience have always accepted our national gospel in its literal sense. "What becomes of the rights of the excluded?" demanded the younger Garrison, in a noble scolding administered to the restrictionists in

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