Today's immigrants; yesterday's immigrants

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A very timely letter, relative to the discussions we've been having here, just came across via e-mail. A couple of commenters have tried to extrapolate facts from the early history of immigration to America to explain the current situation. I have contended that, if you know the history you know it's comparing apples and oranges, but I haven't put it into words like this letter does.

Disclaimer: "Immigrants" is a generalization. I'm sure some of today's immigrants arrive with the same intentions as those of the past 200 years. The point is that many obviously don't.

My wife wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the Orange County Register which, of course, was not printed.
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 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 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 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 aet 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 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.

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Jack said:

The is invasion, not immigration:

Thanks, Jack, I just received an e-mail on this weekend's event and plan to post about it later.

Had Enough said:

How The Broadcast Networks Promote Illegal Immigration

Here is a excellent article on how the media is NOT reporting accurately or fairly on the illegal stories.

Had Enough said:

Cultural differences? It was his Dog!

Indiantown man accused of sex with puppy
photo provided by Martin County Sheriff's Office

Transient Junio Trenta allegedly had sex with this 4-month-old Argentine Dogo puppy. The dog is in the custody of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and will be placed in foster care.

Updated at 9:59 a.m.
June 21, 2006

STUART — A mixed-breed dog was being placed in foster care Tuesday after being rescued from a transient Indiantown man who was allegedly having sex with the puppy.

A witness called a Martin County deputy who arrived to find Junio Trenta, 31, having anal intercourse with the dog amid the woods in the 3200 block of Southeast Dixie Highway about 12:11 p.m. Monday.

Upon being seen, Trenta said, "It's my dog," and, "What's the problem?" The male dog ran and hid behind the deputies, according to a report released Tuesday.

Trenta, a Mexican citizen working as a laborer, was charged with one count of felony sexual bestiality and one count of felony animal cruelty. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of giving a false name to deputies, exposure of sexual organs and possession of paraphernalia after a marijuana-smoking pipe was found in his pocket, according to the report.

He was being held on a $13,000 bail Tuesday at the Martin County jail.

Records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show Trenta spent 28 days in jail after pleading no contest to an Orange County misdemeanor larceny charge in 2005.

The dog, a 4-month-old Argentine Dogo, was being cared for by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

"He's already been evaluated by the vet, and the vet says he's OK and will recover from whatever happened," Humane Society spokeswoman Roberta Synal said Tuesday. "If he's put in a good foster home, he's going to get lots of love and training."

Synal said the Humane Society, through the foster parent, would maintain custody of the dog, an unusual breed, until officials determine who actually owns it. If the owner or the legal process gives ownership to the Humane Society, the dog would be put up for adoption.

"If anyone wants to help out, the best thing they can do is come here and be a foster parent," she said.

Jack said:

I'm sure the ACLU will be defending this guy's right to screw his dog. I'm sure he was just "expressing his love" for his pet.

Moderate 5-19 said:



Please tell me what the hell this man doing his dog (yuck, yuck, yuck)
has to do with illegal immigration?

You two have lost me on this one, what am I missing?

Jack said:

I don't know -- the article does not say whether he is here LEGALY.

Of course, he could have put it under the Gay Marriage thing, since this guy is obviously gay.

On so many levels, this news item is a minefield. I can't even segue from it.

Arthur De Volve said:

This belongs in the Homosexual Marriage section. Once we can get that troublesome definition of marriage changed, then we can get it changed to allow this guy to date/marry his dog.

Jacob Ash said:

I must protest, the man is NOT identified as gay or illegal, therefore all of the above verges on the slanderous.
But, he is definitely queer.

As for marrying the dog, it is consistant with the current set of arguments against the VMA so long as he loves the animal. Yuck.


Jack said:


It was a MALE dog!

Had to Say said:

The immigrant's that came through Ellis Island were here legally.That is what some people are forgetting. They were quarantined for a period of time so that diseases would not be spread.
Diseases are more common now because there is no screening process for illegal's. T.B., mumps and other diseases are on the rise because these illegals bring them into our country.

America was also a country with land that was abundant in the 19th century. We no longer have that.

Immigrants also followed the laws of the land. Now the illegal's think they have the same rights as every American and immigrant that has waited years to come here LEGALLY.

Nothing was handed to new immigrants, they worked hard to get where they are today. To have illegal's come here and start demanding the USA owes them this and that is an outrage!!!

I for one, will not vote for any candidate who supports amnesty for illegal's. We, Americans need to demand that the Federal Government enforce our immigration laws now!

Jacob Ash said:

OK. If the dog is male, then he is gay, and queer. Sicko.


Had Enough said:

Please go to
_____________________________________ and read the top section about the Lou Dobbs Show last night.

One quote "Mario Obledo, co-founder of MALDEF: "California is going to be a Hispanic state and anyone who doesn't like it should leave. They should go back to Europe."

Another "The white racists need to go back to Europe. They'll be a lot more comfortable there. They'll be a lot more happy."

This story started because of the removal of a USPS flag being taken down, stomped on and a mexican flag replacing it in a fenced in area of the post office.

Maybe some people can gain some insight as to what we are facing with this illegal invasion.

Stories like this are not only in CA.

Had Enough said:

Also, scroll down to: The Citizen's Voice -- Kingston, Pennsylvania
Two legal experts helping Hazleton redraft law
Hoping to eliminate any legally tenuous passages, Hazleton will redraft its controversial illegal immigration ordinance - again. -- The ordinance aiming to punish those who rent to or employ illegal immigrants and make English the city's official language has undergone several changes since Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta..."

This may be just what Hazelton needs to rid them of the aclu for good.

Had Enough said:

The Hispanic voice behind Illinois Minuteman Project

Her name throws people.

The vision and voice behind the Illinois Minuteman Project and its suburban mobilization is, in fact, Hispanic.

Rosanna Pulido contends her heritage and her gender — she’s the only woman to head a state Minuteman branch — make her an effective leader for those who say illegal immigration must be thwarted, borders sealed and laws enforced.

So, too, do her ethnic roots confound immigrant activists who wonder why the granddaughter of a Mexican farmer and a Christian who once ministered to Mexico’s poor would put security over solidarity.

(read the article)

Her family knew the values of the US

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