The new Americans?

*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! 
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 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!!!
I hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the
Ever onward!! 


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