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  1. DavidB

    DavidB 1/2 ton status

    Oct 8, 2001
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    El Centro, CA
    Submitted, but OC Resister did not print it.

    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
    Statute 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 Hilter, 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 lo oking 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 2006
    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 1900s
    deserve better than that for all th e 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 Statute 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.
  2. ntsqd

    ntsqd 1/2 ton status

    Nov 28, 2002
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    So. CA
    I don't know the OC Register, but it seems odd that the paper for the Home of Conservatism in SoCA wouldn't print it.
  3. justhorsinaround

    justhorsinaround 3/4 ton status

    Sep 16, 2003
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    Northerish Phoenix, Az
    Thank you. Oh and TTT just because I think it should be.

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