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Jack Smith On Sunday

December 09, 1990

After reading "Licentious Plates," by Jack Smith (Oct. 28), I decided to explain where the "epithet commonly applied to Italians" came from.

When millions of Italian immigrants came to America, not speaking English, the U.S. Immigration Officers asked if they had official papers. The ones without were separated with a badge that read WOP (Without Official Papers).

However, I agree with the Sons of Italy in asking the DMV to remove De la Paix plates.

MANLIO MELILLO

Torrance

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