May 6, 2011

The Secret of America

“This was the secret of America: a nation of people with the fresh memory of old traditions who dared to explore new frontiers, people eager to build lives for themselves in a spacious society that did not restrict their freedom of choice and action.” – President John F. Kennedy (1958) (“A Nation of Immigrants”).

“Immigrants today come from all corners of the world, representing every race and creed. They work hard. They practice their faith. They love their families. And they love this country. We would not be a great nation today without them. But whether we remain true to that history and heritage is a major challenge.” – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (2008) (Introduction to “A Nation of Immigrants” – essay by President John F. Kennedy).

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