Immigration

I received an email with this letter in it about immigration and I whole heartily agree. Immigrants of today are not the same as those of yesteryear. The ones today do not want to obey the laws and take the proper steps to citizenship. They want a handout and free medical care for them and their families without most contributing to our country. They do not want to “pledge allegiance” to our country because they want to stay faithful to Mexico and wave the Mexican flag in our country instead of the US Flag and then they wonder why nobody wants them here. If you are here legally, then welcome to our great nation, if you are an illegal, go home, we don’t want you here until you go through legal channels.

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ORANGE COUNTY ( CALIFORNIA ) NEWSPAPER-New Immigrants
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 does 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 via cyberspace!

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. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in
the Orange County Register:

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 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 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 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

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