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OT - Bless OUR Country

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.

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!

New Immigrants
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 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 in 2006 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 bei ng 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 (signed)


Wed. Mar 14, 7:46am

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There's a reason this letter shows up on urban legend websites for a year.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 7:59 AM

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Thanks for rebutting.

This is just racist rhetoric. As a child of immigrants, I know my parents worked very hard and considered themselves Americans. They volunteered, and really worked to uphold the American ideal.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 8:04 AM

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Oh, and by the way - an omnipotent being that created the *Universe* isn't going to "Take sides".

Get over that idea already. God bless the universe, please.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 8:05 AM

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What is the point of this letter? That French and Irish immigrants (aka white immigrants) are okay but Mexican immigrants aren't? I bet if CNN were around when those arriving on Ellis Island "kissed the ground" we would have seen an equal amount of European pride.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 8:11 AM

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I think the point is that mexican immigrants tend to not embrace english and not assimilate. Victor Davis Hanson wrote a book about this phenomenon called "Mexifornia."

I personally think the immigration debate has created a witchhunt environment. We need the labor, they need the money to feed their families in Mexico- which is an economic and legal basketcase.

It is important however, to try and not dismiss an arguement by calling it a name. That is a cop out. The idea that all immigrants should be grateful to be here and speak the language is one I happen to agree with.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 8:47 AM

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Ellis Island myth vs. reality

I think this letter perpetuates some HUGE myths.

My great-grandparents did come in through Ellis Island. They were lucky; many other Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe were turned away because of quotas. They never felt particularly welcomed, I'm sure. They never learned much English -- they spoke Yiddish at home, and they worked hard at menial jobs with other Yiddish-speaking coworkers and supervisors.

Some of their children went back to the "old country."

What happened was that their other children, my grandparents, had access to American education, health care, etc. They were the ones to learn English and fully assimilate US culture, and they became great contributors.

Letters like this one are written by people who don't understand immigration. Uprooting oneself from one's comfort zone and culture to move to another continent is not something one does for oneself -- it's something people do for their children and grandchildren.

No, adults are probably not going to learn English well. Many have practically no education in their home countries, and they aren't going to magically become doctors and lawyers and geniuses here. The best they can do is put their heads down and work hard, and they will raise hard-working, bilingual, successful kids. This is what they offer to the U.S. -- and this is what the U.S. can offer them.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 8:53 AM

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OK, first of all regardless of whether or not this letter is a rumor, I totally agree with its message. This is not putting down legal immigrants in any way, in fact its applauding the long history of legal immigration of our country and saluting those who went about it the legal way. The problem this letter and every other person who is looking for immigration crackdowns is talking about it illegal immigrats, whether they be from Mexico, Europe or any other place. The people who would sneak through the back door of our country, burn our flag upside down while rioting in the streets (which by the way, the people I saw doing this were Mexicans in CA), and steal our tax dollars from a system they are not paying into. Again, I'm not talking about hard working legal immigrants. I have many friends in the brazillian and russian immigrant community who are just as offended by illegal immigrants as I am because it undermines the effort that they made in going about coming here the right way. It frustrates me to no end that when someone I know got in a car accident with an illegal alien who had no car insurance, the cop handling the accident could do nothing about it and my friend took the fall for the cost of the damage. It frustrates me that when I even go on vacation outside the country, I try to learn the basics of the other language so I can get around, but I run into more people every day who have lived here for years but won't even make the effort to learn how to say "hello" in English. Every other civilized nation has immigration control and strict enforcement yet we are the only country that gets pounded for it because of our damned "political correctness" that is slowly killing this country. This is my country, if you immigrated you came here on your own, you are welcome to stay if you do it legally, but do not try to stomp out my America and turn this into the country you came from!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 9:21 AM

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To the 8:53am poster -

From speaking with my grandfather, who was also a Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe - came here in 1920, at age 13, by essentially walking out of Russia at night, bribing guards, etc., during the Russian Revolution, risking their lives to get here) - many immigrants at that time did learn English, assimilated well, and held good jobs.

When my grandfather arrived here, his family had nothing (used everything they had to get here). At age 13, he became a bicycle messenger to earn money to support his family, and attended some high school classes at night, where he learned English. He worked very hard to eliminate any trace of an accent too (until the very end of his life, when due to alzheimers, he forgot English and reverted to Russian completely). He never graduated from high school, and certainly never attended college, but he worked very hard and eventually opened a children's clothing store in Pittsburgh, where he became so well known that, according to my mom, he was almost like the mayor! Anyone who grew up in Pittsburgh in the 1950's-60's probably knew the store, Newman's, which I understand finally went out of business a few years ago, though my grandfather sold it long ago.

Anyway, just because you arrive here with nothing, and have no education, that does not mean that you cannot be successful. It might not be easy, but why is it supposed to be easy?

I just don't understand the immigrants now who risk their lives to get here (and many still do), but then continue to love their country of origin more than they do the US - if it was so great, why did you want to leave so badly that it was worth risking your life?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 9:45 AM

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I am learning so much from this thread- from both sides. Thanks.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 9:49 AM

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8:53 here -- 9:45, you are making my point for me. Your grandfather arrived here when he was 13. There is an enormous difference between arriving with your parents & family at 13, and arriving alone at 20, or arriving as a parent at 30 or 40. The older you are, the harder it is to adjust. And the less support structure you have, the harder it is to "make it" and assimilate if you are the person arriving alone at 20.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 9:55 AM

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