An American is English, French, Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Greek … An American may also be Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani, Afghan … An American may also be a Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, or one of the many other tribes known as Native Americans.

An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim … In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each one of them chooses. An American is also free to practice no religion.

An American is from one of the most prosperous lands in the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes the God-given right of each man and woman to the pursuit of happiness.

An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every nation in the world in their time of need …

Americans welcome the best, but they also welcome the least. The national symbol of America welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America. Some of them, including dozens from foreign countries, were working in the Twin Towers in the morning of 9/11, earning a better life for their families.

One can try to kill an American. Every bloodthirsty tyrant in the last century did. However in doing so, you would just be killing yourself; because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit everywhere is an American.

So, look around you. You may find more Americans in each land than you thought were there. One day they will rise up and overthrow their old, ignorant, abusive tyrants that trouble their own lands. Then they too, we hope, will join the community of free and prosperous nations — and America will welcome them!