Immigrants should be treated … how?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP

they will find a disposition in the great majority here to do whatever circumstances will admit for our new fellow citizens, to do as much for them as we do for our own brothers & children settling in new territories, & only to refuse them what the principles of our constitution & government refuse equally to all … we have no motive of action here but the combined good of the whole & all it’s parts … in a whole composed of parts, no one part must come for itself. if particular individuals … excite insurrection with you, the energies of the law must lay hold of them.

Source: Thomas Jefferson letter to William C. C. Claiborne, December 2, 1804


Patrick Lee’s Explanation

Even-handed leaders respect all law-abiding parties.
The President wrote to the Territorial Governor of Louisiana, using the arrival of two Frenchman to explain how all newcomers should be treated:

  1. The “great majority” of our citizens will welcome newcomers.
  2. Immigrants and Americans should receive equal treatment in the new territory.
  3. The immigrant  is denied only what our Constitution denies to all.
  4. America’s only motive is “the combined good of the whole & all it’s parts.”
  5. It is common sense that no one part should expect favorable treatment.
  6. Rebellion by anyone should be treated seriously, as provided by law.

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Self-Educated American, ‘Thomas Jefferson Editor,’ Patrick Lee is a professional speaker, actor and writer. Since 1990, he has inspired, entertained and educated audiences from Maine to Hawaii with his authentic, first person leadership presentations as President Thomas Jefferson, Frontiersman Daniel Boone, and Lewis & Clark Co-Leader William Clark. He also appears as himself, The Hopeful Humorist™, with a program of motivational humor, patriotism and inspiration.

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