Branco Cartoon – American Graffiti
Monday, February 6, 2017 at 07:00am 8 Comments
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This should never have gotten past the “there is no constitutional right of entry in to the United States of America for non-citizens” argument. The fact it has paints a very glum picture for the enforcement of the in the future.
I am sorry this is so long but:
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:
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 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.
TY Mr. Branco, and Ty Rosemarie. Seems like she knew my grandparents..
You should really inquire about making this a full article.
Ms. LaBonte, it is a shame that your local rag didn’t print your letter because it hits squarely on target. OTOH, if it had been printed you, perhaps, would not have been inspired to sent it on to Legal Insurrection where it will undoubtedly reach a wider audience.
I hope it grows legs. I just wish I knew how. This made so much sense to me.
Awesome and spot on as always Mr. Branco.
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