Love It or Leave It

statue-of-liberty-cryingGive me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

To millions of immigrants, these words meant something.  I’m sure they meant something to my father who arrived at Ellis Island in 1923.

But instead of feeling blessed to be able to come to this country, the jihadist terrorists, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and their parents, spat on the Statue of Liberty and all that this country represents to millions who cherish the freedoms they enjoy as citizens of this wonderful country.  Instead of embracing and taking advantage of the wondrous opportunities that are available in America, they chose to kill their neighbors.

Instead, these barbaric brothers kill four innocents and maimed hundreds of others, and for what? Some perceived injustice they feel?  Or just plain hatred for America?  And the story hasn’t ended; the investigation goes on; others may have been involved and Tamerlan and Dzhokhar are now being implicated in a 2011 triple homicide.

This family was granted entry into the U.S. based on political asylum because of their fear of remaining in their own country – yet, despite this so-called fear, Tamerlan traveled back and forth to Russia and the parents are living there now.  So much for their fear.

Their mother, who now regrets coming to the U.S., had no problem asking for and taking handouts of more than $100,000.00 of taxpayer money – money the victims of the Boston terrorist attack no doubt paid into the government – in cash, food stamps and Section 8 housing.

Despite his obvious hatred for the U.S., I doubt the dead one had any regret taking financial aid of over $5500.

And how much will the Boston folks have to pay for Dzhokhar’s hospital bills and attorney’s fees?

And then, to throw salt into the wounds already suffered by Boston, the father of these two savages goes on the television and says, “They never could have done this.  Never, ever, ever!”  I guess he didn’t read the message left in the boat by Dzhokhar, where he cowardly hid for hours, which said the bombings were retribution for U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and called the Boston victims “collateral damage.”

I wish to God this family never stepped foot on our shores.  There are millions of people who have embraced this country and all she has to offer and still more who would give anything to live here – but we opened our doors to these animals.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • cristo52

    Wow, don’t come to my house for dinner and then tell me you don’t like the color of the walls in the dining room.

    • legal eagle

      So you believe all immigrants should be so thankful to be in the US that they can’t complain? Where do you live in Fantasyland?

  • legal eagle

    Immigrants commit crimes as do citizens….What’s the difference?

    • Ron F

      Citizens are here by right. Immigrants are given permission to enter the country and stay here. They have to meet certain standards. I don’t think the article suggests that we should not allow immigration. The author was commenting on people who were allowed into this country, by their request, and hated the country despite everything that had been given them. It is not an indictment of immigration in general. It is an indictment of this family specifically.

      • Roger Ward

        Legal Eagle: with only nine words, you were able to show everyone your leftist views.

        • legal eagle

          A leftist view? What was the point of this article? That immigrants should be so grateful to be in the U.S.A. that they should not commit crimes? What is the difference between a murder committed by an immigrant versus a murder committed by someone born in this country?

          • Integrity

            I guess you get it, so God bless you.

          • Roger Ward

            The whole Tsarnaev family is morally corrupt. If they had never been permitted to come here, the Marathon Bombing would never have occurred. I suppose we must endure the crimes committed by fellow citizens …. but there is no reason to accept the criminal behavior of immigrants, legal or illegal. The good news is that members of the Tsarnaev family have received thousands of dollars from supporters since the bombing …. so now they can begin repaying the American taxpayers. Yeah …. right!

  • Ron F.

    We make mistakes. If we want to make sure that no immigrant ever commits a crime or an act of terror, we have to stop all immigrants because we will be wrong some of the time. The same thing happens with parole. A criminal is given parole and commits a violent crime. The only way to avoid it is to remove all judgment by denying any parole. I am in favor of removing discretion from government agencies so I would be in favor of anything that tightens the rules regarding immigration. I agree with you as to how ungrateful these two were. The only thing I disagree with in your article is the headline – “Love It or Leave It”. The phrase always bothered me because it was applied with respect to people who protest activities of government. Who gets to decide who loves the country and what protests are acceptable. In addition, I think our Constitution protects people who do not love the country.

  • Roger Ward

    There’s not much to add about how the Boston Bombers accepted our generosity (in offering them safe haven) and how they showed their appreciation (by murdering and maiming our innocent citizens.) Leona, you said it all. Viewed from only the financial perspective, if we had a tightly controlled immigration policy instead of our present open-door practice, we could save billions of dollars (with a ‘b’) per year. Estimates of the cost of illegal immigration for California alone run to more than a billion dollars a year. This estimate does not break out the cost of imprisoning illegal aliens nor does it take into account the misery these criminals cause by their crimes against law-abiding American citizens. Now add the other real costs for welfare, schooling, police and fire protection, infrastructure, etc provided to the ‘law abiding’ illegal aliens and you come up with a very large number indeed. If we didn’t spend all this money on illegal aliens, we’d have the funds to flirt with the European models of Socialism that Obama would really like to do …. but that’s another column.

  • legal eagle

    Another child of immigrants who hates immigration….Where do they find these people to write these blogs?

    • BB61

      Did you comment on the wrong article?

    • Ron F

      Legal Eagle, where did she say she hates immigrants? She stated that to millions of immigrants the words on the Statue of Liberty meant something and her disgust was for the terrorists, and their family, who were immigrants and did not appreciate this country and, in fact, hated it despite the aid given to them by this country. It is not an indictment of immigration in general. It is an indictment of the two terrorists and their family..

  • Brian Fr Langley

    oops my bad, I meant to say Sharia law calls for conversion first, (they call it the offer of peace) then death or slavery to the recalcitrant.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Like most Americans you misunderstand Islam immigration. Most Muslims leaving their own countries are NOT immigrants. They are settlers. The difference? Immigrants typically embrace their new country. Settlers bring their own religion, culture and laws with them. America itself was originally composed of settlers. (remember all the frontier and western movies) Once again North America is being inundated with settlers, NOT immigrants. Americans should wake up to that fact before it’s to late. Sharia law calls for death or slavery, not reservations.

    • Roger Ward

      Brian, you were wise to see and point out the differences between what you call immigrants and settlers — but these differences are not restricted to Muslims alone. The largest group of settlers in the U.S. is from Mexico. In many cases they have been here for three or four generations and have still not assimilated. The Irish came to be Americans, as did the Italians and many other nationalities. The Mexicans and the Muslims and some other groups do not come to be Americans, they come to be Mexicans and Muslims who live in America, while still retaining their old culture.

      • Brian Fr Langley

        I don’t disagree with you at all about who settlers are, or are not. The difference is the Mexicans don’t have an ethic (Sharia law) that specifically enjoins them to conquer their neighbours. (for Islam, and by the sword) I also am not an opponent of immigration. Being a Canadian I note we could use several more million immigrants, (we have tons of room) However illegal immigration is another matter. Worse, accepting it after the fact (amnesty) rewards liars and cheaters, while penalizing law abiders. Thus you tend to get more liars and cheaters and less law abiders.