The Letter (immigrants)

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  1. itmahanh

    itmahanh Senior Member & Antiquities Friend

    I received this as an email the other day. I do not know who the original author is. But I found it interesting as it applies not only to Canada but to any country that offers promises of a better life to any immigrants. I do not agree with everything being said but so many points are too real to ignore. Long read but worthy of some feedback.

    A Letter right from the Heart,

    "Ships in the harbour are safe, but that's not what ships are built for." William Shedd

    A Letter to the Editor (excellent letter)

    So many letter writers have explained how this land is made up of immigrants.
    Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people why today's Canadian
    is not willing to accept the new kind of immigrant any longer.

    Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to Canada ,
    people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in Halifax 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 Canadian 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 labour laws to protect them.
    All they had were the skills, craftsmanship and desire 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.
    Canadians fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy ,
    France , Japan , Czechoslovakia , Russia , Sweden , Poland and so many other places.
    None of these first generation Canadians ever gave any thought about what country their
    parents had come from. They were Canadians fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the
    Emperor of Japan . They were defending the Freedom as one people.
    When we liberated France , no-one in those villages was looking for the
    Ukrainian-Canadian or the German-Canadian or the Irish-Canadian.
    The people of France saw only Canadians.

    And we carried one flag that represented our 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 a Canadian.
    They stirred the melting pot into one red and white bowl.

    And here we are in 2009 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 a
    Canadian passport and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.

    I'm sorry, that's not what being a Canadian is all about. Canadians have been very open-hearted
    and open-minded regarding immigrants, whether they were fleeing poverty, dictatorship,
    persecution, or whatever else makes us think of those aforementioned immigrants who truly did
    ADOPT our country, and our flag and our morals and our customs. And left their wars, hatred,
    and divisions behind. I believe that the immigrants who landed in Canada in the early 1900s
    deserve better than that for the toil, hard work and sacrifice 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, fighting foreign battles on our soil, making Canadians change to suit their religions
    and cultures, and wanting to change our countries fabric by claiming discrimination
    when we do not give in to their demands.

    Its about time we get real and stand up for our forefathers rights.
    We are CANADIAN Lest we forget it!!!
    I am a Citizen of this Country & proud of it!

    NO MORE not saying CHRISTMAS in
    stores and our schools!
    I Want my Canada of birth BACK !!!
  2. Xaos

    Xaos Well-Known Member

    In short: Fuck you, you muzzy bastards!
  3. Mikeintx

    Mikeintx Well-Known Member

    Very well written, thanks for sharing that.
  4. itmahanh

    itmahanh Senior Member & Antiquities Friend

    Fine, but who are you referring to? The ones of today or yesterday?
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  5. shades

    shades Staff Alumni

    I'm going to have something to say about this in general agreement of what was stated in "The Letter" as it applies to the U.S. Just trying to keep the conversation going until I get to it.
  6. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    The "Christmas" ordeal has nothing to do with immigrants and everything to do with Canadian-born atheists.

    Let's drop the racism, too - this is Canada. Immigrants should be welcome... I live in Toronto, currently, a city of 50% first-generation immigrants, and it's really, really nice here.
  7. Xaos

    Xaos Well-Known Member

    I just generally meant the Muslims that have complained about Christmas, and the other crap like that. We got loons like that in the UK aswell.
  8. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    You'll always have snooty immigrants that complain and are unappreciative, just like you'll have 'natives' who do the same. I can understand the logic that recent immigrants should be more grateful, especially since Canada is the largest per capital destination of immigrants in the world (and because most of it's immigrants are refugees or reunited family members). But I think this letter focused too much on just a small number of immigrants, because generally they tend to keep out of the political and public eye (at least here in the United States).
  9. itmahanh

    itmahanh Senior Member & Antiquities Friend

    The general immigrant that lands on our shores, yes, they have come to make a better life for themselves and or their families. And those people and families I welcome with open arms. They "blend" in with the population and move forward with their lives and prosper. But the ones that abuse the system and make demands quite frankly scare me.These are the same immigrants that use the country to better themselves but also organizations in their homelands.
    Vancouver BC is notoriously known throughout the rest of the country as having been "taken over" by the Asian immigrants. And it is also known that they are one of the strongest drug rings and dealers here too. And the money they make is sent back to Asian countries to further the drug organizations there. Is Canada as a country giving them that power?
    These are not the immigrants that came here looking to better themselves and their lives. These immigrants do not fear or respect the laws and government of Canada. They have obtained so much power. These are the immigrants that demand passports and alliance to their homeland.What a disgrace to their forefathers that worked to make Canada the "open arm" country it is today. They dont further their race, they shame it and their ancestors that forged the way here for them.
  10. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    That's all very true, but it doesn't speak for all immigrants or even most of them. My only concern is that people will generalize all modern immigrants as self-serving and parasitic, as many people tend to do. For every immigrant that abuses the system or engages in criminal activity, there are many more that are making an honest living and even contributing to their host country's all-around success.
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