Joe Vento Gets It,..Why Doesn't the US Senate?
Joe Vento is the owner of the ONLY decent steak shop in South Philly (See the Barbaro post). Joe also supports the widow of slain PPD officer Daniel Faulkner in her efforts to finally fry Mumia Abu Jamal!
An old struggle to adapt to a new country's ways
By Gaiutra Bahadur
Inquirer Staff Writer
How do you say cheesesteak with in Spanish?
Joseph Vento, the owner of Geno's Steaks, doesn't know. And he doesn't care.
Just read the laminated signs, festooned with American eagles, at his South Philadelphia cheesesteak emporium: This is America. When Ordering, Speak English.
Vento's political statement - from a man whose Italian-born grandparents spoke only broken English - captures the anger and discontent felt by many Americans about illegal immigrants.
With a battle looming between the House and Senate on legalizing some immigration violators, the public backlash is framed by two complaints:
One, my grandparents came legally. How come these guys can't? And, two, my grandparents had to learn English. How come these guys don't?
"Go back to the 19th century, and play by those rules," said Vento, 66, whose grandfather became a U.S. citizen in 1921.