Cheap Tomatos & Illegal Immigration

Posted on 26 May 2010

From a California school teacher – – –

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 of milk and 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.

I estimate that well over 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.

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..

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 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, free 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. For me, I’ll pay more for tomatoes.

Americans, We need to wake up.

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: It involves an American 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 “political 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, and 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.  If 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.

Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT!


Share this with as many as possible.  Immigration legislation is to be considered in 2010.  This is important to working Americans, our economy and our American culture and heritage.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. janb says:

    I am a labor and delivery nurse and I see the same population—-our 15 year old girls get pregnant, remain unmarried and uneducated and thereby qualify for multiple government services—–medicaid, food stamps, WIC, housing assistance, TANF checks….(yes most are overweight with tattoos and cellphones and attitudes) Obama;s "stimulus" wiped out all the gains of welfare reform. We also see illegal immigrants where the moms get free prenatal care, hospitalization, free care for 60 days after delivery, the infants get free medical care and citizenship for 18 years and of course the babies are automatic US citizenship. TALK ABOUT REWARDING IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR. Yet, after working for 40 years, if I "retire" I won't even have health insurance, it will cost me over $600/month. AND,,Obama's "health overhaul" will give 30 million more people free medicaid but I will be fined if I don't purchase insurance. Whatever happened to EARNING benefits?? Whatever happened to protecting the backbone of the economy,,,citizens (legal at that) who pay taxes???? What is wrong with this picture???

  2. Karl says:

    At the beginning of this year my medical insurance policy increased in price over 10%. Along with more people losing their jobs in the USA, and large numbers of individuals already jobless, I don’t know how many folks are going to be able to gain access to affordable medical care without some form of federal government assistance.

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