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Ok I don't want to get political here. I just want to know if we agree or disagree on this?

A lady wrote the best letter in the Editorials in ages!!! It explains things better than all the baloney you hear on TV.

Her point:

Recently large demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that Congress is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration.

Certain people are angry that the US might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely.

Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests.

Let's say I break into your house. Let's say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave.

But I say, 'No! I like it here. It's better than my house. I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors. I've done all the things you don't like to do. I'm hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).

According to the protesters:

You are Required to let me stay in your house. You are Required to feed me. You are Required to add me to your family's insurance plan. You are Required to Educate my kids. You are Required to Provide other benefits to me & to my family (my husband will do all of your yard work because he is also hard-working and honest, except for that breaking in part).

If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my RIGHT to be there.

It's only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I'm just trying to better myself. I'm a hard-working and honest, person, except for well, you know, I did break into your house And what a deal it is for me!!!

I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of cold,

uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior.

Oh yeah, I DEMAND that you learn MY LANGUAGE!!! so you can communicate with me.

Why can't people see how ridiculous this is?! Only in America if you agree, pass it on (in English ). Share it if you see the value of it.

If not blow it off........ along with your future Social Security funds, and a lot of other things.

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But once you get to know them, they're usually so niiiice...

You know there's only talk about it because of the election... no one's going to do a damn thing about it after its over.

I want a FENCE. Not because I think it will necessarily work, but it will show a distinct action. The candidates saying "tighten security" are full of SH!T, they're not going to do anything but say "upon review, the laws in place are quite sufficient, they just need to be enforced"... which won't happen.

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I received this "letter to the editor" in an email... and thought that this would be an appropriate place to share it... it's a little bit long, but it's worth the read.

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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.

Dave LaBonte (signed)

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 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 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 th ought 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 2007 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.

(signed) Rosemary LaBonte

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Bird,

That too is a good letter, and one point the author made is of the need to assimilate into this country. You see little of that anymore and that is part of what is lost in this free for all, rush the border, mentality that has prevailed for so long.

As a 5th generation removed on my fathers side and 1st generation removed on my mothers side I never thought of myself as anything but American. The same goes for my mother, who you'd never knew wasn't here for generations if you met her and realized she immigrated here when she was 18.

I'm proud of my heritage, but I'm not a ________ American, I'm an American period. Good, bad or indifferent, that's what I am to stay.

I think it's insulting to all the many people that have come here legally to allow people that have broken the law in getting here, to get to stay. I'm of the belief that rewarding illegal behavior only encourages more of the same.

There seems to be a new mentality of those that have now been here illegally for generations to change us to their way of life. Stores that have nobody that even speaks English, all signs only in their native language. We've all seen this. That is not what the founding fathers and our generations of parents and grandparents had in mind, I'm quite certain.

Allowing a certain number of immigrants from a wide variety of different parts of the world, with different skills and different perspectives is what made this country what it is today. Skewing to just one region of the world throws this balance into what we are seeing today and that is not healthy.

To the poster that worried this was political, I doubt this would qualify as it has crossed, often without logic, through both sides of the aisle.

Last, before anyone thinks what I say here is in anyway racist in nature, let me say that my mother immigrated here, legally, from a hispanic country and she too, shares the views I've expressed above, only she is far more passionate than I am about it.

Signed, A Very Proud AMERICAN,

Badyear

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This letter is supposed to be real--from a real Iowan, Donald Ruppert. There is such a person listed in the phone book in Burlington. It's pretty good.

The Honorable Tom Harkin

731 Hart Senate Office Building

Phone (202) 224 3254

Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Harkin,

As a native Iowan and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out. Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I'm excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider. Once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year.

Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications, as well as "in-state" tuition rates for many colleges throughout the United States for my son.

Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the burden of renewing my driver's license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums. This is very important to me given that I still have college age children driving my car.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative.

Thank you for your assistance.

Your Loyal Constituent,

Donald Ruppert

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This letter is supposed to be real--from a real Iowan, Donald Ruppert. There is such a person listed in the phone book in Burlington. It's pretty good.

Great Letter DHK

All of these post above are true to the way that USA was founded.

We all need to fight to preserve our heritage not that of any other country or nation no matter where they come from or who they are.

Plain and simple Illegal is Illegal Just because it was changed from alien to immigrant means nothing.

I too Had family that came thru Ellis island over 100 years ago and the Statue of Liberty means a lot to me.

I am 100% American and nothing else!

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