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

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

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


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