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Letter To The Editor of Orange County About Immigration – Never Published

November 4, 2007

Dear Editor:
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 ge t 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
countr y 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 Ger! many, I taly,France and Japan . None o f 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 with a new kind of immigrant who
wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to ac hieve 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.

Rosemary LaBonte

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2 Comments
  1. November 17, 2007 1:06 pm

    Thanks TRM, this nonsense must be stopped. Revealing inequities is crucial to recovering our original mission as a ‘melting pot’ for humanity.

  2. TRM permalink
    November 17, 2007 12:44 pm

    Well put///

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