From a California school teacher – – –
I am in charge ofÂ the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southernÂ 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, BellÂ Â Â 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 of milk and roll — but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud.Â The waste of this food isÂ monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.
I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cellÂ Â Â phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwedÂ teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of havingÂ to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.
I wasÂ ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there wasÂ 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..
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 then 3 months, who raised so muchÂ hell with the female teachers, calling themÂ “Putas” ( whores ) andÂ throwing things, thatÂ the teachers were in tears.
Free medical, free education, freeÂ food, free day care etc., etc, etc.Â Is it any wonder they feel entitledÂ to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges andÂ entitlements?
To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener andÂ housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in theÂ real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.
HigherÂ insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, newÂ diseases. For me, I’ll pay more for tomatoes.
Americans, We need to wake up.
ItÂ does, however, have everything to do with culture: It involves an American third-world culture that does not value education , that acceptsÂ children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 andÂ that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak andÂ worried about â€œpoliticalÂ correctness”Â thatÂ Â Â we don’t have the will to do anything about it.
CHEAP LABOR?Â Â Â Isn’t that what the whole immigration issue is about?
Business doesn’tÂ 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”Â is a myth,Â a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as “cheap labor.”
Take,Â 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 filesÂ an Income Tax Return, he gets an “earned income credit“Â of up to $3,200 free.
He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent .
HeÂ qualifies for foodÂ stamps.
HeÂ qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care.
His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.
He requiresÂ bilingual teachers and books.
He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.
If theyÂ are, or become, aged, blind or disabled ,Â they qualify for SSI.Â If qualifiedÂ for SSI they can qualify for Medicare.
All of this is at (OUR) taxpayer’s expense.
HeÂ 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 theÂ equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.
WorkingÂ Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after paying their bills AND his.
Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT!
THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS WEÂ SHOULD BE ADDRESSING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS OF EITHER PARTY. ‘AND WHENÂ THEY LIE TO US AND DON’T DO AS THEY SAY, WE SHOULD REPLACE THEM.
Share this withÂ as many as possible.Â Immigration legislation is to beÂ considered in 2010.Â This is important to working Americans, our economy and our American culture and heritage.