United States of Motherhood: Illegal Immigration, Education, Free Rides, & Forwards

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Illegal Immigration, Education, Free Rides, & Forwards

With a steaming cup a coffee on this overcast Seattle day, I opened my email inbox this morning, and received the letter below.

I found it as thought-provoking as the Jessica Colotl story I wrote about a couple months back on CafeMom's The Stir.

So I read it. Then I re-read it. I pondered it's financial points with my own motherly compassion.

I'd love to hear what you all, left or right, pro or anti-immigration, have to say about it:

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 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.

If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone
you know.

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!


Please pass this on to 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.."

With so many legal Americans hurting out there, I am getting an increasing supply of such forwards. Have we the right to say enough? No more subsidizing illegal immigration? Or our we hurting the basic foundation of our country by closing the doors to our golden shores?

Personally, I grew up in California's education system which was one of the best in the 70's and 80's. My husband and I then took our children and left in 2000 specifically because of the Californian low-quality school system and high real estate which made it unaffordable to put them in private school.

Perhaps all these free lunches, free daycare, and free rides are draining the system? I also have to say the teachers' unions with their demands don't help. In the end, though, the people here legally who paid into the system are the ones who should be getting payouts in their time of need.

How does someone here illegally then legally qualify for anything?


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Anonymous said...

two simple words.. F*** that! It's disgusting the handouts these people get, when hard working Americans are basically screwed. Ship them back to what ever country they came from.

Anonymous said...

What bugs me more is that they feel entitled, most hate Americans yet we pay for their free ride. Try going to their countries and demanding the same from them. U would be laughed at. Go home illegals. We have enough people in this country anyway. When immigrants first came here they contributed to this country not sucked off of it.

Anonymous said...

We need a balance. You can't just give people whatever they want without requiring them to give back... but you also can't refuse to give them anything at all. These people are in need, not of a free ride but of personal responsibility. THAT is what we need to focus on giving to them. We should slave our fingers to the bone if that's what it takes to teach them how to be responsible for themselves. Again, pushing them away will not do this for them and neither will spoiling them.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree. It's not only entitlement felt by illegals, but all low class poor people. We, as Americans, can provide for our own poor people, but to h$%# with illegals. Ship em back where they came from. We are still going to have the problems. Here in central Florida, we have a huge puerto Rican population, mainly due to Disney World recruiting cheap labor way back when. Most of them also refuse to be part of our culture, if you get a glimpse in their world, it's chicken fighting, drugs, gambling, no emphasis on education, 20 people in one house, junk yard yards, filth, nastiness. Have you ever seen a chicken fight, it ain't pretty. I've seen a PR and a southern, the PR'S have 0 respect for animal life. That is if you can say one chicken fight is more humane than another. Of course, there are people of all cultures, including puerto ricans and hispanics, and all others that are high class citizens, but the ones we're talking of are what's draining and killing America. ANother unheard of problem is the Filipino therapists and rn's. Their schools make it mandatory they memorize at least 10 questions, I think that's the number, and report back to their professors from our standardized exams. This is cheating! In the worst way! the students are so jaded, they don't even realize what they're doing. They are taught to pass tests because they know the questions. Most are completely incompetent. That is also ruining our healthcare system. It's just horrible. I'm old enough, I remember seeing the farmer's go to the quarters and get a bunch of help. The poor black use to be happy to get supplemental income. Then something changed, they didn't want the money anymore, working the fields was too low class, they rather not have the supplemental income to their welfare. So here come the Mexicans from south Florida and take their place. Everybody thought it was a good idea at the time. They didn't talk back, they didn't argue, they work for just about nothing, and they use to be migrant and left when their job was done. Things have changed, for the worse. Americans have to start working again. We gave the poor too much, and they have no incentive to go work under the table and do the jobs these illegals are doing now.
Rant done.

Jeanne said...

In general, I'm in the minority these days on these discussions. But here's the thing: I agree adult illegal immigrants should be deported. By nature of the word "illegal," you don't belong here.

The same goes for children who were not born here and are therefore illegal.

HOWEVER, the U.S. Constitution says if you were born here, you're not illegal. Your parents may be, but you're not.

So let's look at what this teacher says: is she referring truly to the children born out of this country and then brought here?

Or is she referring to kids who were born here and are thus legally allowed the same services she'd provide any other kid?

Because as long as the Constitution says you're an American if you're born here, we can't pick and choose "which Americans" we want to serve.

There are very separate issues at work here, and I'm troubled by how often people roll them up into one.

pinkpackrat said...

I agree with much of what the letter writer is complaining about. I certainly don't think it is right for illegal immigrants to benefit from our society and get a free ride when they contribute only their brawn and no brains to offer in exchange. I get that they are taking and not giving to the point of breaking the system.

The bottom of the barrel jobs illegals perform do not come cose to paying the freight on medicaid and free breakfast programs for their young children. I am assuming that the letter writer would not want these entitlements for herself if she lost her job and would prefer to be homeless and have her children starve-- fair enough. But she also seems to feel that there is a giant conspiracy to keep her down and that " bad" illegal immigrants and " bad" government are out to get poor innocent, powerless little her. That is the attitude I can't stand. I hate the whining and her sense that these poor, ignorant people are taking something away from her personally.

The illegal aliens she is angry at are not Canadians, or Asians with computer science degrees, or Europeans. She is angered by Mexicans who come across the Rio Grande. Ok, fine. Be angry.

I will just say that if you want to stop the flow of immigrants across the Rio Grande you have to do something more than blame the immigrants or the government.

Like how about creating stiff fines and jail time for companies or even individuals who hire them ? How about getting our congressmen to stop caving in to lobbyists and pushing for a total overhaul of the INS>

How about cracking down on the sale of phony social security numbers and making identification mandatory ( ike Arizona is doing) If people who hired cooks and gardiners risked jail time and let us say a $10,000 fine if they hired an illegal, I think the job market would dry up. Ditto for businesses from large corporations to the local car wash. I'm all for what Arizona is doing and I think that the Feds need a total reform of the system, but the fact of the matter is that as long as poor people are desperate and as long as Congress is corrupt and in the pocket of big business, there will be jobs for illegals in sweat shops and fields and people willing to risk their lives to take them.

No wonder so much of the world sees Americans as whining spoiled brats.

Ren said...

It sounds like the problems cited in the letter are much more about the system being completely mismanaged than about illegal aliens. After all, if every single one of the students were actually here legally, all of the other problems could still be exactly the same.

What I'd like to know is, would the letter writer like to switch places with one of the subjects of her letter? I seriously doubt it! Yet her letter makes it sounds like they have the perfect life, with no responsibilities and yet no worries.

Anonymous said...

This is complete bullsh**! Most illegal immigrants come here to work not mooch off of this government, like this lady says. Infact most pay taxes and don't even ask for a tax refund! So who keeps the money!? The government. Illegal immigrants don't qualify for many things. Sure some qualify for free lunch and breakfast but other people do too. Just to name a few: Russians, Ukrainians, Armenians, Asians, Indians, etc. They come to this country "legally" and qualify for welfare and free lunch and interpreters. And they don't even pay a single cent back. Sure they pay taxes but then later ask for a tax refund. So the government loses money. This lady's letter is a bunch of sh**! She makes the life of an illegal immigrant sound fabulous! When in reality it isn't. Haven't you people seen the news and watched programs on that kind of stuff? I rest my case.

Anonymous said...

Hello from Argentina. Sorry for my bad English. I´m using Google translator.
This is a global problem and Argentina is no exception. Here, illegal aliens from Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay find it very easy to live in Argentina with social goverment assistance, because:
a) no illegal control
b) Our grandparents were European immigrants who worked hard to support their families and learn Castillian. Most of them left our parents two or more houses and bilingual college education. We aren´t racists by nature. We are "discriminate" criminal, rude or impolite people.

It´s true that some of their habits or attitudes are irritating and some are criminala that deserve severe punishment; but still, we should see them as Jesus would ... Maybe one day we are forced to emigrate to another country and we need respect and help to start again.

Alliens aren´t the problem. Governments are responsible for this serious global problem that is facing people arouend the world because they continue benefiting the rich class, pressing hard on the middle class and exterminating the poor class.

Discuss the immigration status of my daughter.
1. My daughter is the granddaughter of Americans who emigrated to Argentina.
2. She studied English Translator in USAL University.
3. She is a typical "white" woman with blue eyes.
4. She would not leave Argentina for unemployment or bankruptcy but simply because he loves the U.S. Yes, since childhood she refuses to live in Argentina and wants to live in U.S. and meet her father's family.

We could say that my daughter is an American by choice, forced to live in Argentina because U.S. immigration laws are not flexible and if she would live there,would be an illegal alliens who "deserves to be deported".
It would be fair?

Sometimes the men who promote certain laws are so unreasonable and intolerant, like themselves !!!

I think all governments should legalize alliens who have been good citizens in their country and are willing to respect the laws of their new country, studying, working, paying taxes and teach their children to do the same.

I also think that no country should support financially lazy immigrants who just want to live forever on government aid

Feel free to come to Argentina .. Here you will be welcome ;).

Anonymous said...

The Armenians arrive legally and have various benefits .. In California, I've seen how they spend whole days talking to each other on the sidewalk or talking on the phone. Driving luxury cars and wearing expensive clothes. A neighbor told me that if their arrive with an elder, the government pays the rent, the nurse and medicines, among other expenses. And the Filipinos? a lawyer's secretary, told me to that declare their relatives as maids, nannies or girlfriends, but a lie. Once entering the U.S., everyone lives by.

Well, If i were to tell you how immigrants get in my country, home, employment, money, health care, social support, etc. etc. would fall unconscious. hahaha

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