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An immigrant’s view

By Rachel E. Gasperson | Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It doesn’t seem long ago that I, too, came here as an immigrant. My parents brought me as a child, and I will always be grateful to them for the opportunity they bestowed on me.

On my 18th birthday, I was naturalized and became a citizen of the United States of America. I am proud to call myself an American. I feel the honor and the pride that this country has afforded me. I get tears in my eyes when the national anthem is played. I cry for the many who have died to protect what is so precious to my well-being.

However, I am amazed and disgusted at the hatred toward America, the good USA, that I see every day in others who are here for the freedom and the opportunities they lacked in their own countries.

If they want to fly their flags, speak their language and follow their laws I suggest they go back where they came from.

When in America, do as Americans do: get a job, pay your taxes, learn the language, follow the law and treat Americans as your partners, not your enemies.

Early immigrants came to this country searching for the same things immigrants come to America for today. They learned the language, found jobs and took pride in their new home and honor in their new jobs. What has happened to all of these honorable institutions?

Some of today’s immigrants have lost the meaning of the words “pride” and “honor” – honor in the job they do and pride in the country that fostered them. No wonder they are disgusted, not at the USA, but at themselves! They have lost themselves. They don’t know where or what they are … Americans, as they should be, or nationals from the countries they left.

People have a choice: either embrace America or go back where you came from. To be a U.S. citizen is to have pride in the fact that we live in the most wonderful and caring nation in the world. Immigrants need to return this honor by seeking citizenship and fighting for the freedoms and the causes that make this country worth fighting for.

The cemeteries are filled with honorable immigrants who fought for their country. I am proud of my adopted country, where I have everything I have always dreamed of and much more. It wasn’t given to me, nor was I on anyone’s roll. I didn’t ask for any handouts. I was proud to provide for myself, with honor. I didn’t take from the government and the taxpayer and then have the gall to hate and despise those who housed and fed me.

Wake up, immigrants! You are treated so much better than the place you came from. Why don’t you give back rather than take?

As President Kennedy said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

I am a proud American citizen. I will fight to protect the freedom and the right for the United States of America to exist.

Rachel E. Gasperson
Bridgeport

El caso del inmigrante
No hace mucho tiempo que mis padres me trajeron a los Estados Unidos. Nos venimos porque la vida aquí era mucho mejor de donde estábamos. Les debo mucho a mis padres por haberme traido.

Cuando cumplí mis 18 años, me hize ciudadana. ¿Por que? Porque los EEUU me dio lo que mi país no pudo. Me dio la oportunidad de obtener una educación de primera clase y no por quien mis padres eran o por cuanto dinero tenían, pero por lo que yo misma pude realizar.

Mis padres llegaron con honrad y orgullo. Ellos me dejaron esos tesores. Ellos nunca pidieron ayuda del gobierno. Hallaron trabajo donde pudieron y trabajaron para obtener lo que quisieron.

Yo y mi hermana siempre supimos de donde venimos pero también tenemos el orgullo de decir que somos ciudadanas del país más amable y cariñoso en el mundo.

Pero me da mucha pena y enojo al ver como tratan algunos inmigrantes de hoy en dia a los EEUU, el país que ellos mismos escojieron y a donde se inmigraron.

Si no les gustan las leyes, las costumbres ni los modos de los EEUU, entonces, regrésense al país de donde salieron. Veo que algunos inmigrantes nuevos, y algunos que tienen tiempo aquí, echan culpa al país que les a dado una vida mucho mejor de la que dejaron. ¿Y por qué es esto?

No es culpa de los Estados Unidos. Es culpa de ellos por que no han querido hacerse ciudadanos de esta nación y no pueden o quieren regresarse a la que dejaron.

Como nos dijo el Presidente JF Kennedy: “No preguntes, ‘¿Qué puede hacer el país para mí?’ sino, ‘¿Qué puedo hacer yo para el país?’”

En el pasado, muchos inmigrantes llegaron a América con el sueño de tener una vida mejor. Y la encontraron. ¿Como? Trabajando y aprendiendo el idioma. Haciendose Americanos y teniendo orgullo del poder del individualismo.

Sí alguien no les gusta lo que les ofrece los Estados Unidos, entonces es tiempo de dejarlo.

Si, tengo orgullo de poder hablar español y tengo orgullo de haber nacido en México, pero, tengo más orgullo y honor en decir que soy ciudadana de América, hija adoptada de los Estados Unidos.

Los ciudadanos de América están aquí para ayudar a los que se ayudan. Son sus compañeros, no sus enemígos. Pero tenemos que tratarnos todos iguales comos hermanos que somos.

Rachel E. Gasperson
Bridgeport

6 Responses to “An immigrant’s view”

  1. Jim Popp says:

    Rachel,

    This was a very good, honest and truthful letter, from someone who knows first hand. I guess you hit on a point that has many “born Americans” upset over this whole issue. We have always been a giving country that welcomed immigrants from all over the world, but since when do any of these immigrants have the right to demand anything from the American citizens beyond the opportunity to eventually become a citizen as the law now allows? I can only speak for myself, and I’ll give anyone a helping hand, but don’t start taking advantage of that helping hand and then start demanding anything, telling me that I owe it to you! I owe you nothing, as I was owed nothing, but made my way by following the law and hard work. You’ve laid it our beautifully Rachel and I thank you for those honest and forthright thoughts and statements.

  2. Paul Howard says:

    Thank you, Rachel!

  3. Margie Loyd says:

    You expressed my thoughts so well. Thank you.

  4. Very well put Rachel….It really Gauls me when people come over here from other countries and want to change it to what it was from where they came from.It makes no sense to me at all. Most expect we the tax payers to furnish them with education and medical needs. I am proud and lucky to say that in my 59 yrs,I have never been on welfare and never had to receive unemployment. If I am able to work, I will make ends meet for myself and not grow dependent on the Government to provide for me like we do other countries that hate us.

  5. Well said Mrs. Gasperson. And you alone had such a positive impact on so many who graced the doors of DHS for all those years. I am proud to call you a fellow American. I’m sure you and your family got here as quickly as possible. :-)

    -Craig Brandon

  6. I am not an immigrant but I am proud of my Mexican heritage. My father was once an immigrant but has since then become a resident. He has not mastered the English language but that has not stopped him from appreciating the opportunities he has received from this great Nation. He has been able to provide for his family very well. I feel that “flying their flags” and “speaking their language” doesn’t single a person out as “hating our Country.” It is not easy for everyone to learn the language, especially if you have a family to support. Of course there are those that do not pay taxes and that do not follow laws but I know that isn’t only immigrants. Americans also abuse the system, break laws and do not work. A few does not define all. Just like there are issues with immigrants there are issues with Americans.

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