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From: Vincent Chiarello [e-mail him]
Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Domenici Disgraces Italian-Americans With WISH Bill
Sen. Domenici's attempt to legalize an illegal act smacks of the two characteristics Guzzardi mentions: he is in bed with the cheap labor lobby and, frankly, he's a jerk.
A friend, who teaches history in New York, believes that Joe DiMaggio's fame was a factor in convincing Franklin Delano Roosevelt that to do so was unnecessary. And it was, for no ethnic group volunteered for the military during WWII in a greater proportion to their numbers than...well, you know who, the Italians.
In short, for whatever reasons, economic, political or religious—I trust no religion on this issue including my own—Domenici is to me the most reprehensible, because he stains what I consider the outstanding record of those Italians immigrants, including my grandparents (one of whom was Enrico Caruso's barber) who came here legally.