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The story below is brought to you from an English teacher and was written around the time of the amnesty push. Let us revisit how "cheap" tomatoes (or lettuce or grapes or substitute your favorite fruit or vegetable) are due to illegal aliens.


This should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or
Independent or whatever.

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 student's 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. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)

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. (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 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, 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.

Americans! 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?

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 "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. 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!


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This is another one of those made up things. It didn't actually come from a teacher.

Posted by: Ralph on February 19, 2008 08:02 PM

Wow so when is the next cross burning? I really hope you don't work at one of those schools because those kids are better off being taught by monkeys, who are probably smarter than you. But if you hate the crazy "colored" kids so much why not just go back to your honky town where you live and teach there? Ohhhh wait you won't get hired at a good school because only title one schools get the crappy ignorant teachers.

Posted by: Joan on May 11, 2009 05:23 PM

Because did Joan go to college... NO CHANCE

Posted by: Scott on February 22, 2010 12:59 AM

Apparently you are one of the biggest morons teaching out there, you described every single school in lower income areas of the country , with the same problems . Amazing you are a teacher , imbecil . Maybe , could be that California WAS Mexico at one point ???for that matter the majority of the U.S. was Mexico , i'm not condoning illegal immigration , but illegals come from all over the world , its just that the Mexicans are being targeted for whatever reason , and retards like you don't help anything .....

Posted by: ed delos on May 7, 2010 06:29 PM

Much of what this letter states IS true. I recall a past Lou Dobb's show where a caseworker refused to give benefits to those here illegally. In the piece he said that Social Services basically told the caseworkers to "look the other way." In other words give the Illegal Aliens their benefits even though they are here ILLEGALLY. Not sure what happened to him but he was written up and reprimanded for attempting to enforce the immigration laws. This is all being orchestrated by the large Corporations that control both the President, Congress and the Mainstream Media.

Posted by: Bruce Cain on May 9, 2010 03:59 PM

Listen, MEXICANS should only be protesting their OWN government, not ours. There was a lot of bloodshed to get this country the way that it is today and we are supposed to just hand it over? I suggest the MEXICANS take a stand against their own government and stop being pussies about it. It is the lazy approach and easy way out. If someone breaks the law and wrongfully crosses the border, do you want them living next door to you?

Posted by: steve on May 10, 2010 08:47 PM

More to the point, if anyone breaks into your home are you then supposed to feed, clothe and educate them while paying taxes and health care for them? Look at the temper tantrums all over this nation demanding exactly that. Why aren't they being held accountable to the law? If they think they want to come here, let them get the same benefits our ancestors got - none. Start from scratch and work (earn) their way up like all other immigrants did. There would be a lot less hostility if everyone was treated "equal" under the law.

Posted by: ozzyboy on May 12, 2010 12:52 PM

$700K for an ESL department...is that really believable? REALLY? Oh, and all of that money went to computers. Those are some expensive computers.
I had no idea that Mexicans don't like being educated.
If an illegal were to take a job for 5-6 dollars an hour, how would they pay taxes on that without an SSN? Plus federal minimum wage is at least 7.25 except in four states. So the employer would get caught not paying minimum wage. Would they really risk a job over that?

Posted by: Jeremy on May 12, 2010 06:06 PM

Umm...This teacher has some good points but all this English teacher does is gripe and complain. I came from Title 1 school and yes there is some truth to what is being said, however this teacher is doing nothing but stereotyping the people. Everyone doesn't abuse the system! Yes something must be done fix issues, I completely agree.

Apparently ... See Morethis teacher has no idea why students attend a "Title 1" school and the reason that they are so low on the socioeconomic hierarchy. Maybe if this teacher understood what the hell a capitalist society is and how it psychologically affects those who are apart of it or are remotely associated with it, she/he would understand why things the way they are. How about the teacher at least take some interest in her/his job and make an attempt to relate to the students. Maybe she/he will be able to help them appreciate the education they are receiving and just maybe they will make something of themselves instead of abusing the system.

It takes more to be a grade school or high school teacher than to just stand in front of a class and shove info into a students head. A teacher must learn about the students on a personal level. Teachers must be role models for the students. Honestly it sounds to me that this teacher could not care any less about her/his students. So, simply put she/he has no business teaching!

Posted by: Roinell on June 2, 2010 03:31 PM

Apparently Roinell and the rest of you need to wake up. Everything this guy says is legit; and since I personally brought up Roinell, we are not in a capitalistic society anymore. Look around, we are at the bare minimum a socialist society and on the border of being full blown communist. You people need to wake up. It's been going on for so many years and so many people are still in denial.

Posted by: Steve on June 13, 2010 01:49 AM

Some people are so ignorant. NONE of our tax payer money should be going to people who are in this country illegally. These people are not immigrants, they are illegal alliens and we the people should not be forced to support them or the children they bring with them. Millions of people come to America every year the legal way and if they can do it than anyone can (unless you have a criminal history).It is truly sickening to hear people defend Illegal Alliens who use up our resources such as welfare, food stamps, healthcare, SSI (to which they have not contributed). Your grandparents would be rolling in their graves if they could see what this country has become.Everything they faught for has gone to hell. Try living in a state like CA or AZ and you will see first hand the problems these criminals are causing and yes they ARE criminals! If they are here without proper documentation than they are commiting a crime!If they actually had proper documentation and paid taxes like all of the rest of us than it would not be such an issue as they would actually be contributing to society rather than sucking us dry! They get paid under the table and then get all the welfare benefits that were intended to help people in times of need, not as a form of income! OH AND BY THE WAY, IF YOU DONT LIKE THE WAY OUR LAWS ARE THEN YOU ARE FREE TO GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY! ONE OF THE MANY BENEFITS TO FREEDOM!

Posted by: Tammi on September 22, 2010 11:16 PM

There would be a lot less hostility if everyone was treated "equal" under the law.

Posted by: Stephen on January 25, 2011 01:45 AM

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