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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 Fr ance, 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 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 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 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.

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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 Fr ance, 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 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 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 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.

 

Very well put and said!!!! Thats all i can say.

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To be sure...i didnt write it......i forgot where i got it but i liked it as well.............

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Well put Miles. Later Ryan

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A lot, in fact i'd say close to 90% of the people i finance have bogus social security numbers that they work under. They get paid and their employer takes out taxes. They just can't ever get any of it back since they are illegal.

 

It looks like they can. Check out this article,

 

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20040415/news_1n15taxes.html

 

"To help people like Suarez file taxes legitimately, the Internal Revenue Service created the nine-digit Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or ITIN (pronounced eye-tin). People who don't qualify for a Social Security number, such as undocumented immigrants, cannot file their taxes without it."

 

"Because the taxpayer numbers cannot be used to get a job, many of the tax returns filed with the numbers come attached with W-2 employer forms showing a fake or fraudulent Social Security number."

 

 

 

It seems wierd to me that they can work illegaly, use a fraudulent SS number, and still file taxes and get a refund.

 

I wonder what happens if an illegal gets caught working and not paying taxes. It is a pretty big offense to an legal, just ask Richard Hatch.

 

Theron

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