Cheap Tomatoes-Complaint about Illegals – Unproven!, Truth! & Fiction!
Cheap Tomatoes: An Educator's Complaint about Illegal Immigrants-Unproven!, Truth! & Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is said to be from someone who is in charge of the English-as-a-second language department at a large Southern California high school. It describes the writer's outrage over the status of illegal immigrants in Southern California. A later version adds complaints about benefits received by illegal immigrants.
This eRumor began circulating in 2006 at a time when there were public protests by immigrants and their supporters over proposed changes in Immigration law.
It is one of those forwarded emails that loses a lot of credibility because the writer didn't identify himself or herself or what school was talking being described. It has to be classed as either opinion or fabrication because there is no way of authenticating what the person claims.
In 2007 someone tacked on some additional comment at the end of the eRumor and it began circulating again. The added text described some of the benefits enjoyed by Illegal immigrants which, in the writer's opinion, offsets the "cheap labor" the immigrants may be providing.
Let's take those one at a time:
He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent-Fiction!
Section 8 is a government program that provides subsidies for housing for low income families. It is supposed to go to U.S. citizens, however, and proof of citizenship is required to quality. Any illegal immigrants in Section 8 housing are there through fraud or are living with a family member who does qualify for it.
He qualifies for food stamps-Fiction!
To qualify for food stamps you must either be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant.
He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care-Truth! & Fiction!
Illegal immigrants do not qualify for programs like Medicaid, but federal rules require hospitals to provide emergency care to critically ill or injured patients who come through the emergency room regardless of citizenship or ability to pay. Many illegal immigrants have made the emergency room their routine place of seeking medical help.
His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school-Truth!
Provision of education and free lunches and breakfasts at qualifying schools is without regard to the citizenship of the students or their families.
He requires bilingual teachers and books-Truth!
This is a part of the requirement of providing educational opportunity regardless of citizenship.
He qualifies for relief from high energy bills-Fiction!
To qualify for benefits under the Federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program there must be at least one person in the household who is either a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant.
If they are or become, aged, blind or disabled , they qualify for SSI. Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare-Fiction!
The requirements for qualifying for SSI benefits are complicated but the bottom line is that they are not available to illegal immigrants. For an immigrant to qualify for SSI, according to the Social Security Administration, that person must qualify under one of 8 categories to be in the United States and must have contributed into the Social Security system for a minimum number of quarters.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
THIS HAS GOT TO BE PASSED ALONG TO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE OR WE WILL ALL GO DOWN THE DRAIN BECAUSE A FEW DON’T CARE.
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 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. (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.
In 2007, the following text was added to the email and it circulated again:
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 , theyqualify 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.
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!
THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS WE SHOULD BE ADDRESSING TO THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR EITHER PARTY. ‘AND WHEN THEY LIE TO US AND DON’T DO AS THEY SAY, WE SHOULD REPLACE THEM AT ONCE!’
THIS HAS GOT TO BE PASSED ALONG TO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE OR WE WILL ALL GO DOWN THE DRAIN BECAUSE A FEW DON’T CARE