harvest. It is a day for which we need to thank our Good Lord for our family, for the roof over our head and the food on our table.
I remember the good old times when my mother was alive and she used to supervise everything I was cooking. She kept saying, “Thank Our Good Lord for all the blessings we have received during the year, and don’t forget the less fortunate, because this is the true meaning of the word THANKSGIVING — THANK the Lord and GIVE to someone in need.
It made her very happy to prepare a big plate for someone she believed deserved it. And I had to deliver it ahead of time.
During the setting of our dinner table, she had to supervise everything. There was always a place for someone whom she always considered another son — Don Snook — our friend of so many years, and the one she always loved as much as she loved all of us.
My mother is no longer with us, but we continue with the tradition year after year. To all and everyone of you, have a very blessed Thanksgiving Day and remember Thank our Good Lord and Give to someone in need.
Now, can we talk about the tremendous amount of refugees coming into our country?
It is true that our country is famous for receiving refugees from all over the world. It is engraved on our statute of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Many people have found refuge in this country. Ellis Island was the first and everyone coming through Ellis Island was meticulously investigated, including their medical status. Then, there were the Cubans, who sought political asylum from the regime of Fidel Castro.
Before they could go to the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida, considered the “Ellis Island of the South” they had to spend two or three long days of investigations at the Opalocka camp. Many times for a longer period of time, until their background was checked meticulously — contrary to actual practices when the U.S. allowed several people involved with the Cuban government to enter the country whenever they wished, including relatives of the Castro brothers.
We cannot forget that even with that strong scrutiny, five Cuban spies infiltrated the country and they were not caught until they committed a horrible crime. They were later “rewarded for their crime” with their freedom.
There are also people from the 1986 era, Vietnam and Cambodia. Many of the Vietnamese people were married to military personnel or in the process of getting married.
Times are different now; even if lots of people don’t want to accept the truth we are in a pre-war situation and all and every one of those people coming from Europe or Asia need to be investigated to the “T”.
The security of our country and citizens are at stake. We have no idea how many terrorists have infiltrated the crowd.
Did we already forget the terrorists freed from the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base? Nobody is assured that those men are not trying to enter the United States now and carry out a worse attack than the one perpetrated on the Twin Towers in New York.
A camp, such as the Opalocka camp, should be set up to house them and investigate all and every one coming into the country. We cannot forget that the terrorists involved in the 9-11 attacked were pilot students in Florida and they were also visitors of Las Vegas.
There are already many of those refugees dumped on us and the citizens of Las Vegas have not been informed. Catholic Charities are very active helping them, but when a Catholic American citizen calls upon them requesting assistance, all their programs are closed for now, but not for the newcomers.
Please, give us a break. The people of the State of Nevada have all the right to be worried and concerned.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.