Letter to Orange County CA Newspaper “Rejected” on Immigration Subject
Letter to Orange County CA Newspaper “Rejected” on Immigration Subject

Letter to Orange County CA Newspaper “Rejected” on Immigration Subject


David LaBonte, of California, writes: 

"My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the Orange 
County Register which 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.”
Dear Editor: 
So many... have based their arguments (in favor of immigration) on how 
this land is made up of immigrants. 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 those people 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 goodbye to their birthplace to give their children a new life
and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one
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 first 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 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 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 



I hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation!! 

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