Seal the Border, 1901

“While we Roosevelts are Democrats in the broadest sense we are not in favor of the scum and criminals of other countries being dumped on our shores.”

— Local resident Laura Fitch, daughter of Russell Fitch and Rosetta Roosevelt, quoted in the Skaneateles Free Press of October 15, 1901.

Miss Fitch was commenting after her cousin, Theodore Roosevelt, became President following President William McKinley’s assassination, an act she blamed on anarchists, whose presence in the U.S.A. she attributed to immigration. It was her wish to end immigration and eliminate any anarchists who had already arrived.

Miss Fitch died in New York City in 1905. She was a descendant of immigrant Claes Maartenszen van Rosenvelt, a Dutchman who came to New Amsterdam circa 1638. (His farm is today the site of the Empire State Building.)


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