CHEAP LABOR? LETTER FROM AN ENGLISH TEACHER
This is an exerpt from an e-mail going around from a teacher in Ukiah, California:
This should make¬†everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent.¬†¬†
"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¬†‚Äúpolitical 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!