This is the type of environment that the Federal Department of Education has created with its deterioration of standards over the past many years. For this, the Department is continuously demanding more of our tax dollars?
Here's an excellent instance to "just say no!"
The following is a letter written by a real teacher in the California school system. Her pleas should resound with all of us; all of our tax dollars are included in paying for this outrageous situation which is doubtlessly repeated in many areas throughout the country.
When are We the People going to have the gumption to tell the progressives and liberals enough is enough!
This English teacher has phrased it the best I've seen yet.
Tomatoes and Cheap Labor
This should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican, or Independent.
From a California school teacher - - -
As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things of which you should be aware:
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 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, 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.
Illegal immigration has nothing to do with "cheap labor." 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.
To listen to the rantings and blame placing of many liberals, it would appear that "CHEAP LABOR" is the basis for all of this. Isn't that what they claim the whole immigration issue is about? The liberal excuse for allowing Mexicans to enter and remain as illegal immigrants is to put the blame on:
-- Business doesn't want to pay a decent wage.
-- Consumers don't want expensive produce.
-- Americans who supposedly don't want the jobs.
The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as "cheap labor." It is merely another method used by the liberals to try to "shame" opponents into submitting to their demands.
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. (Most of the illegal aliens are greatly encouraged by many immigration activities organizations to do just that.)
- He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent. Mu husband and I had once visited a "Section 8" condominium when we were looking for an apartment. It was a beautiful place, large, well-laid out, and unbelievably cheap! We were told we could not possibly qualify for that type of apartment because, between the two of us at the time, we earned approximately $32,000 a year because we both worked and paid our own way. However, if we were willing for at least one of us to quit our job we could easily qualify. We refused to join the ranks of the moochers.
- 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. (No other immigrant children receive 'special education' in their native language -- not French, German, or Hindi; only Spanish.)
- 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 Medicaid. 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.
This is what the liberals call "cheap labor"? I emphatically beg to disagree with that description! What the liberals are looking for, and determined to get through this open borders mentality is a voting block of grateful residents, whether legal or not, who would be placed immediately on the track for citizenship (to allow them to vote).
"Cheap labor"? I think not! More like "cheap, ignorant votes."
These are the questions we should address to the Congressional Members of either party. When they lie to us and DON'T DO AS THEY SAY, WE MUST REPLACE THEM.
Candidates' perspectives on immigration legislation must be considered in 2010.
If the candidate supports the "open borders" or "amnesty," he or she should immediately be discarded from consideration, whether Republican or Democrat. Our Country has always welcomed immigrants, but this premise of just open the barn doors, let everyone in, never mind whether or immigration laws are followed is unacceptable.
Just as unacceptable is to have half the representatives of the American people stand up to applaud the president of the country most responsible for breaking immigration laws when he chastises us for adhering to our own laws. Those selected representatives of the people should be removed at the earliest possible moment: November 2010.
If anyone still wonders why this is important, look around you and see how it has already been detrimental to working Americans, our economy and our American culture and heritage.