Thursday, February 15, 2007

Dismantling Lady Liberty

I did not write this; I just wish I had.


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 [2007] 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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