I have been vaguely following the "Immigration Issue" on the news. I agree there needs to be something done. No other country in the world allows foreigners to just cruise on in and set up camp. They do not give any benefits to illegal aliens in their country. They have ‘due process’ for anyone who wants to become a citizen, and once someone does so, then they are welcome to whatever that country has to offer.
Except here in the good ol’ US of A! Here we tend to get things backward. Maybe I’m just a bit touchy about the situation, having just won a HARD FOUGHT battle with the IRS that lasted almost 4 years over our right to Earned Income Credit. (EIC). So when I read that Illegal Aliens can claim EIC, without paying taxes, without paying anything at all, it really does make my blood boil!
And yes, I do understand the plight of the Immigrant, considering my great-grandparents were both Polish immigrants. When I would ask my great-grandmother to tell me about Poland she would say (in her thick Polish accent) "Poland? You don’t want to know Poland! America! THIS is my country! I am American!"
When my grandmother got old enough to go to school she came home with the news that they did not speak Polish in the schools. This was Chicago in the 1920’s, btw. The largest Polish-speaking population outside of Warsaw!! But, it was the 20’s, and Americans were still proud to be American. So my great-grandmother declared that if English was the language in the schools, then it would be the language in their home. And from that day forward, my grandmother’s family adopted English. NOT as a second language, mind you, but as their ONLY language. I grew up listening to my grandmother tell this story, and what I learned from it was that being an American and speaking English are awesome privileges, worth sacrificing and fighting for.
So, this morning, when I was drinking my coffee and checking my email, I found an email from my Aunt in Texas entitled "Cheap Tomatoes". Okay, I confess, my first thought was to just delete it and move on. But something caught my eye, so I read the whole thing. Then I edited it, and decided to post it here on my blog. Because I think it explains the issue really well. So many people don’t THINK. They believe all the political spins that they hear, and they don’t stop to consider the truth behind the headlines. The don’t even realize that just because they hear something on TV or read it in their paper that it might not be true!
So, without further ado, here is the email I got from my aunt. I think it is worth at least reading.
From a California school teacher – – –
"As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:
I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a "Title 1" school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels.
Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, etc., where these students are protesting are also Title 1 schools.
Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I’m not talking a glass off milk and a roll – – but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)
I estimate that well of 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)
I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)
I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less than 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them "Putas" whores and throwing things that the teachers were in tears.
Free medical, free education, free food, day care etc., etc., etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?
To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.
Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases, etc., etc., etc. For me, I’ll pay more for tomatoes.
We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster because we won’t have the guts to enforce it. Does anyone in their right mind really think they will voluntarily leave and return?
There are many hardworking Hispanic/American citizens that contribute to our country and many that I consider my true friends. We should encourage and accept those Hispanics who have done it the right and legal way.
It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about "politically correctness" that we don’t have the will to do anything about it.
CHEAP LABOR? Isn’t that what the whole immigration issue is about? Business doesn’t want to pay a decent wage. Consumers don’t want expensive produce. Government will tell you Americans don’t want the jobs. But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth, a farce, a lie. There is no such thing as "cheap labor".
Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for $5.00 or $6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an "earned income credit" of up to $3,200 free.
He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.
He qualifies for food stamps.
He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care.
His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.
He requires bilingual teachers and books.
He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.
If they are or become aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI. Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare. All of this is at (our) taxpayer’s expense.
He doesn’t worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance.
Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.
He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.
Working Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after paying their bills and his.
The American taxpayers also pay for increased crime, graffiti and trash clean-up.
Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT! Wake up people!