Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Letter on Immigration that didn't get published

Orange County California Newspaper

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

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 alongside 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 2008 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

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