Saturday December 15, 2018 Public Policy from a Constitutional Viewpoint – Immigration

Saturday, December 15, 2018 9:30 am to 12:00 pm 

Featuring Kevin Portteus, Professor of Politics, Hillsdale College

Cobb GOP Headquarters

799 Roswell Street Marietta, GA 30060

(2 blocks west of the Big Chicken)


Americans have debated the issue of immigration since the time of the Founding. Constitutional immigration policy should recognize the responsibility all citizens have to preserve the character of the American regime. Such a policy must be grounded in the Founder’s principles of equality and the consent of the governed. Dr. Portteus gives an excellent explanation of why birthright citizenship was a terrible mistake by the Supreme Court and how the Founders’ viewed immigration policy.

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Hosted locally by: Jim Jess,  Franklin Roundtable Vice Chair

There is a short break after the 1st hour.  During the lecture there are periodic discussion “breaks” when participants share their relevant perspectives.

Coffee and donuts provided.

There is no fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

While we encourage everyone to attend every lecture in this series however there is no requirement to attend them all. Come whenever you can make it.


Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in a Letter to the president of the American Defense Society on January 3, 1919

“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”