Wednesday, April 28, 2010

How Childish Are You?

I am curious...and I like to have the last word.  In response to my post about Arizona's tough new immigration law, I lost a couple of followers.  Big deal, their choice.  In that post I included a link to a previous post where I vented some frustrations about illegal immigration and how it affected me personally. How childish do you have to be to do the following?  Some one commented on that post and asked me a question that I would be happy to answer for them.  Here is the problem...they didn't have the intestinal fortitude (guts) to leave a name with their comment. would you like me to answer a question if I don't know who you are.  Here is the question they asked.

You make excellent points.

I'm curious, did your ancestors have green card or any working document ready to show when they arrived on Ellis Island? I'm guessing no. That is all.

Now, I'm guessing that this was a comment left by one of those who are no longer following me.  I readily admit that I have stopped following some blogs because the author held beliefs that I did not agree with.  Let me also say, I follow many blogs where I don't agree with everything that everyone posts.  The one or two I have stopped following were way out there in my opinion.  Ultimately, if someone doesn't want to follow me, then please leave if you don't enjoy what I write.  I'm fine with that.

Back to the question and my answer.  As a matter of fact, yes, my ancestors had all the proper documentation they were required to have when they came to this country.  THEY FOLLOWED THE RULES. 

And, in fact, my maternal grandmother traveled 4 times back and forth between the United States and Hungary between the ages of 2 and 16.  Her parents came to this country for a better life.  When she was 2 they returned to Hungary to help out HER grandparents.  She returned to the U.S.A.  by herself when she was 15 so she could maintain her American citizenship.  She left her parents in Hungary, her father working hard and her ill mother helping out when she could.  She then went back to Hungary again, BY HERSELF to retrieve her parents.  Unfortunately her mother passed away while in Hungary and her father would not return to the United States without his wife.  My grandmother (now 16) then got on another boat bound for the USA with her cousin who was 18 and a friend who was also 16.  These ocean voyages took weeks.  They didn't have any one traveling with them to insure their safety.  But they filed the proper paperwork to leave and return to this country every time because they wanted to be Americans. 

My ancestors wanted to have a better life.  They wanted to contribute to a nation they believed in.  They didn't come to this country and immediately start engaging in illegal activities.  They didn't try to smuggle their relatives into the country in their steamer trunk.  They worked hard, they paid taxes, they owned property and  they left a legacy that spans several generations.  My grandmother never regretted her decision to come to this country without her father.  She missed him and was sad that she would never see her parents again.

One more point I would like to make before I get off my soapbox.  Many that come to this country illegally -and I know there are illegals in this country who are NOT Hispanic - they claim that they come to this country illegally because the paperwork and the requirements are so stringent and costly and time-consuming.  Wanna know something?  It's much easier to get into this country now than it was 100 years ago.  Do you think that the requirements weren't stringent back then?  Do you think the paperwork wasn't costly back then?  Do you think it wasn't time-consuming back then?  People who TRULY want to be American citizens will do what it takes legally, not matter the cost, the time, the restrictions.

Sermon complete!


  1. Hey Cindi. I just saw the title of your post and wanted to make sure you knew you didn't lose me. I have been kinda MIA the past week but you are one of the friends that I think of even when I don't get the opportunity to stop by and say so. Just want you to know I truly think of you as a friend and keep you in my prayers. You know when I stay away I feel so guilty and there are several people who are special to me and I always hope they don't think I abandoned them.

    Love ya, Tracy :)

  2. Hey Sister love. Thanks for coming by and understanding. I still haven't gotten in time to spend online this week. I hope I get to post tomorrow. I hope your Friday starts off a wonderful weekend but I know I'll talk to you before it's over anyway.

    Smiles and hugs...Tracy :)

  3. I have been thinking about the issues of immigration and why it connects with me... first of all it isn't about those who come to the United States legally, it is about those who come here illegally and where I live it is about those who are doing illegal activities. They - the Mexicans are growing marijuana in State parks, besides trespassing - operations are hurting the environment and they growers are heavily armed.
    and there are the homeless people - anyone can become homeless at any time including myself - However, I know, personally, people who would rather remain on the streets. For what ever reason - and I could speculate on a lot....
    But this is why this all BUGS me -
    when I see my husband come home after working 8 - 10 hours a day, millwright(that is a mechanic in a power plant). He is dirty. He is tired and he works in all sorts of weather. He receives a descent wage, but it doesn't go that far when he has to pay for his own tools, insurance premiums, etc. for a family of five. Even though we have a family of five we also are helping our married daughter and her husband save up money to get in an apartment and my mother is also staying with us as well. So that is 8 people!!!
    What do these other people do to get the help....not work or work "under the table", get welfare, get medi-cal, get Social security disability benefits and get help to have their rent paid, get help with child care on and on and it all on the those whose husbands go to work everyday, rain or shine, to pay the taxes to support his family and everyone else.
    Humboldt County


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