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No Difference Between Foreign-born and Other Americans, Roosevelt Says

President Roosevelt, in a message to the Sixth National Conference of the American Committee for Protection of the Foreign-Born which concluded here today, emphasized that “our country expects those who are known as its foreign-born to be accorded the right to go on as free people precisely as it has been and will be accorded to all Americans”

The President pointed out that America expects from its foreign-born “exactly what it expects from all Americans.” The Conference to which President Roosevelt addressed his message was called in an effort to aid in complete mobilization of Americans of foreign birth for the victory program.

Wendell L. Willkie, in a message to the conference, stated that “the foreign-born within our borders are as important to the United States as a nation as were the pioneer settlers who came here so many years ago. They came in the same spirit as did those other lovers of freedom who made this nation great. Their loyalty and their devotion to this nation and its freedom are perhaps even greater because many of them have lived without freedom.”

The conference was addressed by Earl G. Harrison, recently appointed Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization by the President, Harold Hoskins, of the Department of State, Dr. Malcolm S MacLean, Chairman of the President’s Committee on Fair Employment Practice, Frank J. Lausche, Mayor of Cleveland and others.

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