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“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected 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

Interesting fact about the Fourth of July:

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, 50 years after Congress declared independence, on July 4, 1826. According to the White House, John Adams "whispered his last words: 'Thomas Jefferson survives.' But Jefferson had died at Monticello a few hours earlier."