International Relations

Ronald Reagan's views on immigration

2019-04-17 09:58 #0 by: Niklas

This is an excerpt of Ronald Reagan’s last speech as president. It was held on January 19, 1989.

“This, I believe, is one of the most important sources of America's greatness. We lead the world because, unique among nations, we draw our people -- our strength -- from every country and every corner of the world. And by doing so we continuously renew and enrich our nation. While other countries cling to the stale past, here in America we breathe life into dreams. We create the future, and the world follows us into tomorrow. Thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we're a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge, always leading the world to the next frontier. This quality is vital to our future as a nation. If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”

”We lead the world because, unique among nations, we draw our people -- our strength -- from every country and every corner of the world.”

That was 30 years ago. The world has changed a lot since the 1980s. The United States was unique for its diversity. Since then we got the internet with new cheap ways to communicate and cheaper travels across the globe. Other countries have become better at diversity. At the same time the US is becoming a more closed country where many foreigners are no longer welcome.

”If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”

How do you view the US today?

» Remarks at the Presentation Ceremony for the Presidential Medal of Freedom | Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - National Archives and Records Administration

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2019-04-19 21:45 #1 by: Leia

The US is taking steps rather than forward, its so sad to see. We can see it happening in the UK with brexit too Sad

All the best, Leia

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