Letter to the Editor

Bring Me Your Tired, Your Poor...A good friend of mine sent this to me, I don’t think he will mind that I print his e-mail in it’s entirety. I’ve deleted the names of the recipients to keep them private.
Sent: Thursday, April 09, 2009 9:06 PM
Subject: Immigration

> Orange County California
> Newspaper
> 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.
> 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!
> 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 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 goodbye 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 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 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 sincerely hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across
the nation!!