Welcome, with strings

Come join and be one of us Americans.

If, however, your plan is to change us into you, than our best wishes to you, wherever else you choose to settle, so long as it isn’t here.

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.”

–George Washington, Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association of Ireland, 1783

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