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August 9, 2007 at 4:56 pm #1730AnonymousInactive
My Grandparents came to this country,through Ellis Island, just as discribed
in this letter. They recived no special hand outs…just worked hard to live
here in FREEDOM, and learned ENGLISH ASAP so they would be AMERICANS! Their
sons, (my Fathers) WWII, and their sons,(my husband)Vietnam, and now their
sons Middle East,defended this country an our way of life……… One
Flag, One People, One Nation!
This is a very good letter to the editor. This woman made some good points.
For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when
arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions.
This lady made the argument pretty simple.
NOT printed in the Orange County Paper……………….
Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either deem
politically incorrect (read below) or which do not agree with the philosophy
they’re pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor
that should have been published; but, with your help it will get published
From: “David LaBonte”
My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register
which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by
sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined.
Dave LaBonte (signed)
Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made
up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the
Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated
the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr.
Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of
immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of
Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand
in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on
their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the
laws and support their new country in good and bad times.
They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households
and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new
life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate
into one culture.
Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to
protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had
brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity. Most of their
children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along
side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy,
France,Russia, and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave
any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were
Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan .
They were defending the United States of America as one people. When we
liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the
French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of
France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one
country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up
another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would
have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred
the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.
And here we are in 2006-7 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same
rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a
different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a
guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not
what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who
landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all
the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a
land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life.
I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by
those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens
to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I
wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.
(signed) Rosemary LaBonte
P. S. Pass this on to everyone you know!!!
KEEP THIS LETTER MOVING!!
I hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation!!
MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!August 9, 2007 at 7:33 pm #8558AnonymousInactive
Some of the issues not delt with in the letter are that standing in line after the long trip on board steam ships, which where cramped and had poor food, air circulation, stench from people who did not travel by sea well was not a guarantee that you would be admitted to the USA after standing in line and swearing to obey the laws of the country. There where many who where put on the next ship out of the country because of fears that they would not be healthy and productive citizens. If you had blue lips, (sign of cardiac conditions) or TB or even where suspected to have a criminal past, you where sent home. America was looking for hard working men and women to help build the country. Once you got in, it was not easy. If you where Irish, or German, you may not get hired. Jews and Catholics where quite unwelcomed by most factories. It was not an easy life. But they did it. They came over and became Americans. This did not mean forgetting their past, but rather adding it to the tapistry that is America.
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