Immigration: Attitude Counts

Immigrants built this great country.  Immigrants who sacrificed everything to come to a new land; to have the opportunity to build a new life for their families.  These families assimilated into their new country, and made it their own.  Were there problems among the different groups of people?  History tells us “yes.”  Did early immigrants settle into enclaves of “like” people?  Many of  them did.  Think of Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Germany, etc.  People of different cultures and backgrounds are always going to have problems co-existing.  But, history, also, shows us that they worked through their difficulties and came together as one proud nation that fought together in WWII to overcome Hitler, Mussolini, and the Emperor of Japan.

To those of us who are citizens, and love our country, today’s immigrant is a different breed.  Many of them, and I’m not implying all immigrants, don’t respect our laws or our people.  This is where the problems arise.  It’s not racism.  It’s not isolationism.  Plain and simple, in my opinion, it’s weariness.  We are tired of the demands of people who come here from other countries.  We are tired of these immigrants, who come here for an opportunity, but then want to turn our country into one just like the one they left.

And, we are so very tired of immigration activists not being able to separate legal immigration from illegal immigration.  That is insulting!  I listen to them on TV, and just shake my head.  Statistics show that the US allows 1,000,000 legal immigrants into our country each year.  To any reasonable person, that seems like a lot of people.  But to immigration activists, that number is not to be appreciated.  No, we are vilified for our stand against illegal immigrants–now undocumented immigrants.  I think if we were respected for our feelings and opinions, the discussion on immigration reform could progress more effectively.

Below is a “letter to the editor,” never published, of course, from a private citizen in reply to a man who suggested that the Statue of Liberty be torn down.

“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 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 “was” 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.

Rosemary LaBonte


About usawoman

I am a published author with a healthy interest in the direction of our country. I love the USA, and believe in upholding the constitution. I am for term limits; I'm anti big government; and, most definitely, pro-life.

One thought on “Immigration: Attitude Counts

  1. Awesome letter – and so many great points. Seems to me – bottom line, today’s immigrants are treated differently because they are different from the original immigrants.

    But I also agree that doesn’t apply to all the immigrants – I have friends who immigrated here and they love this country, they worked hard to fulfill the citizenship requirements and to build lives here for themselves and their families. Sadly the ones who get the most exposure are the ones who come here and want every handout possible, and have absolutely no regard for the US or the American people..

    Maybe its another example of how people don’t value something they get for free….

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