ID# 1046:
"America for Americans: Radio address of Hon. Martin Dies of Texas," May 6, 1935, about deportation
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The Harry H. Laughlin Papers, Truman State University, document, C-4-6

&quote;America for Americans: Radio address of Hon. Martin Dies of Texas,&quote; May 6, 1935, about deportation

4 Not only must we permanently exclude new immigration from every country and deport aliens unlawfully in our midst but we must go one step further. We must pass a law similar to that in force in all other enlightened nations that will make it impossible for any employer to employ any alien so long as American citizens are walking the streets in search for jobs. If the 3,500,000 aliens in our midst are deported and new-seed immigration permanently excluded and every job given to Americans before any alien can be employed, the unemployment problem will be solved in the United States and there will be no need to appropriate billions of dollars out of the Treasury to furnish relief and work. This would constitute a major act of permanent recovery and would not violate the Constitution or constitute any departure from fundamental principles of the ancient landmarks of the fathers. I know that there are sentimentalists, internationalists, and some greedy employers in this country, and politicians kowtowing to alien-minded voters, who will denounce this program as un-American. It makes no difference to them that all other enlightened countries have adopted drastic measures in the protection of their nationals. Under the laws of the Mexico, Sweden, Belgium, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Germany immigration is virtually prohibited and aliens are deported without fear or favor, and no alien can hold any job until their citizens are first employed. On May 1, while I was in New York, I witnessed a parade of 100,000 Communists. I did not see an American in the crowd. Many of them are aliens that should be deported and others are foreign born who should have their naturalization papers canceled. Not a one carried an American flag, and they openly insulted and derided everything that we hold sacred in America. Well-dressed and apparently well-fed, they sang the Internationale and treated with base ingratitude the land that feeds them. Although they are infinitely better off than the starving peasants of Russia, they prefer the Russian government to the American. What would happen in Russia if 100,000 people marched through the streets of Moscow singing the Star-Spangled Banner and advocating the overthrow of the Russian Government and the establishment of the American system in its place? The ruthlessness with which the Soviet Government has massacred its enemies demonstrated what would happen. There would be 100,000 less people in Russia than before the parade. Our immigration policy introduced into our midst alien political, economic, and social ideas. There can be no compromise between the American system and the foreign. Our conception of individual liberty, private initiative, and inherent rights of the citizenship is diametrically opposed to the theory of collectivism and state socialism which prevails in most of the foreign lands. Communism, socialism, fascism, and Hitlerism have one underlying cardinal principle in common. They hold that the individual should be the pawn or creature of the state; that the state is everything and the individual nothing. They destroy freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and the right to worship God according to the dictates of one's conscience. None of these systems rest on the active growth and moral value of the individuals, without whom the state is a fiction or a monster. Mussolini's formula is: "Everything for the state, nothing outside the state, and nothing against the state." The American principle, as distinguished from the foreign philosophy, is that the state was created to serve the individual, and that the citizen is a sovereign crowned with the ballot and surrounded with certain inherent and inalienable rights which cannot be destroyed or abridged by the Government. And so the titanic struggle in the United States is between American individualism on the one hand and European collectivism or state socialism on the other. American individualism does not mean the establishment of an industrial or financial feudalism 138266-11493

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