Immigrants of the United States

Back Then - European and Asia; Now - Mexican & Central America.






Following, are Interesting Photos of our immigrants.

The Photos and Narrative were received as an email, too good to be deleted and
posted here to share this bit of United States history with others.

The originator is unknown, but highly appreciated and hope this posting is to his
or her satisfaction.



Our Grandparents

There are those who suggest we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the immigrants
of today arenít being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports
of entry.

America 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 goodbye 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. Our fathers 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,
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.

That's not what being an American is all about. 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.
Don't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.




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