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  • Adry V
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , May 19, 2010
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      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 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 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!!

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    • Jaysson
      I whole heartedly agree. ... From: Adry V Subject: [broccoli] The New Immigrants ... To: adry_5@yahoo.com Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010,
      Message 2 of 2 , May 22, 2010
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        I whole heartedly agree.

        --- On Wed, 5/19/10, Adry V <Adry_5@...> wrote:

        From: Adry V <Adry_5@...>
        Subject: [broccoli] The New Immigrants ...
        To: adry_5@...
        Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 11:25 AM







         













        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 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 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!!



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