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It seems the news is full of the O’Reilly/Rivera face-off on illegal aliens. Before you continue reading, I’ll let you know straight up that I fall on O’Reilly’s side in this matter. However, at the same time, I am increasingly saddened that the media and the politicians fail to address the cost to the average American when illegal aliens cause bad things.

First, we have a rash of food recalls which land people in hospitals from tainted food packaged largely by illegal aliens because they are cheap labor and prompting massive recalls in things so innocuous as peanut butter. Who pays for those hospital bills? The food company eventually will through lawsuits… at least we hope so… which nullifies the cheap labor argument considering medical costs, the costs of recalls, and lawyers’ fees will likely outstrip the money saved from the cheap labor. Except they will continue to raise the cost of the foods to offset those costs that likely would not have happened if the companies had hired Americans who have a basic understanding of food handling laws in the states and country. As a consequence, food prices go up, and up, and up. The average American salary leaves families scraping to make ends meet. My husband’s salary a year ago not only provided for our basic necessities, but left a little for luxury items. This year I found myself having to use a credit card to pay my home insurance and property taxes as well as a few other necessities because there was a sudden rise in the price for basic living expenses such as utilities(two rate hikes), groceries almost doubled, and gas price hikes. Don’t tell me illegal aliens have no impact. I can’t remember where I saw the article but there was one in which one of the representatives of one of those food companies said, “people need to wash their food themselves.” How, exactly does one wash peanut butter?

Second, we have the drunk drivers killing people. Who pays the costs of the medical exams conducted, the legal costs of the police doing their duty, the ambulance picking up the bodies, the funerals, and the car repair or replacement? the insurance companies? Only if the victim has no fault comprehensive insurance and is prepared to pay much higher prices for their insurance premiums in the future. The illegal alien doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, often no automobile insurance, and is driving under the influence.  And that’s only if they kill someone. What about the people who are injured and consequently become disabled as a result. Who pays for their medical for the rest of their lives? How do they care for themselves afterwards? While illegal aliens supporters argue we already have drunk drivers who kill and maim people, it doesn’t justify importing more. In addition, there are consequences to American citizens that illegal aliens don’t have to endure.

Third, we have the drug dealers and gang members. People argue we already have these in the states. Yes, we do, but does that justify importing more? In From the Cold has a decent rundown of illegal aliens on his blog under the heading: The Ramos Case. Who pays for this? We do with our taxes.

Fourth, we have the social security debacle. Once upon a time, we had welfare for the unemployed and social security for people who have retired from the workforce. Some “wonderful” president(He who must not be dissed according to his wife.) decided to combine the two. Illegal aliens benefit from this, too. They get free healthcare while I pay for mine. They get foodstamps and a government check to keep them living. Heaven forbid they starve inside our borders. While I don’t want to see anyone starve, the politicians need to be up front about the costs of these programs in terms of illegal aliens and what it means to the average taxpayer, when they yell the alarms that Social Security is going broke. They need to stop pussy footing around about the causes of this as stating that more people are living longer. That may be part of it but it’s not the whole story. It’s time they gave us that. If people are living longer they are also working longer… that is, unless an illegal alien supplanted them in the job force.

So, let’s look at Mexico. Mexico’s economy depends on sending this wave of aliens across the border because they have made laws that don’t benefit the country and they import their own batch of illegal aliens because they are cheaper than hiring their own citizens. Where is their shame? They gave it to us as the Mexican President stood with Bush and told him that we (the United States) has to do something about it.  In addition to Mexico’s own citizens crossing the border at will, there are no obstacles for terrorists to cross through the same avenues. We (the United States) have become the scapegoat of the entire world.

In addition, how many of our young people have lost jobs to illegal aliens? Our teenage potential employees who once counted on these low level jobs to prepare for their adult future?

Quite likely, there will be hordes uttering the racist statement; playing the racist card. They will call me prejudice and rightly so. If standing up for our citizens against illegal aliens is prejudice, then I am… and proud of it.

I suppose to reduce this diatribe to its simplest form. The United States is like our family. On a daily basis we take care of our family first, then take care of others. The government is not taking care of its family first but are, instead neglecting family and taking care of others first… at the expense of the family.

In addition to importing illegal aliens to compete with United States citizens for jobs, much of our technologically based industries are shipping their jobs overseas… all in the name of cheap labor for cheap goods to be imported back into the United States. Goods that may be cheap but surely becoming once again expensive as our shrinking dollars barely afford us the necessities.

On top of all this, a large portion of this illegal population actually hate us. They organize marches with slogans such as this land was ours first and increasingly hateful towards the people who pay for them being here.

As far as the land being theirs first, I have a solution(One of my not so famous simple solutions). Move everybody out of California, Oregon, and Washington state, and even Arizona. Raze the whole area to the ground and give it to them just as they left it. Would they still want it or will they cry because we didn’t give them the fruits of our labor for nothing? Or barring that, let them pay for the land at the land’s value lock, stock, and barrel; not the government’s idea of value but at the actual real price it would cost us to buy it a piece at a time.

Something’s gotta give folks and the government’s solution of amnesty ain’t it because the average American taxpayer will still have to deal with the issues listed above for many years into the future and possibly into perpetuity.

7 Responses to Illegal Aliens, the Media, and Politics

  • suek says:

    I’m on your side, but I _do_ want to point out that apparently the contamination of the peanut butter – according to the company – has been determined to be a leaking roof and leaking overhead fire extinguisher system. The spinach contamination was ultimately determined to be caused by wild pigs that live along the perimeter of the ag land where it’s grown.

    An issue I was discussing with my son this weekend is related, but different…
    I recently retired from the local school board (_very_ small k-8 school). One of the issues we had to deal with was an incident in which an employee signed a sworn affidavit attesting to certain facts which were not true. The employee is of Mexican origin, although s/he is a US citizen. One of the points of discussion that arose was one board member’s recall of an incident with one of his employees (same citizen status) who was a truck driver, and who – in sight of this person who was his boss – drove through an intersection through a red light. Boss said “you just drove through a red light!” Employee said “I stopped and looked – there was nobody coming.” The school employee’s statement was “yes, I knew it was wrong(s/he was in charge of a part of this immigrant related program, and had been trained in its application), but it meant more money for the school.”

    The similarity of both these situations is that the Mexican culture apparently is effectively that it isn’t wrong if you don’t get caught. The USA culture is that we make laws, and we all are responsible to see that they are enforced, even on ourselves. It’s one of the reasons that we get so bent out of shape when police officers are found to be corrupt. It’s also, I think, why so many cross the border and don’t think it’s any big deal. They simply don’t respect our laws in the same way we do.

    This was a difference I hadn’t been aware of before. I’m not sure how we can deal with it – because there’s no way short of a massive police force that all our laws that bring order to our societies can be enforced unless we all agree to abide by them. I guess my only solution would be:
    A. Secure the border.
    B. Extend the time required to be in the US _significantly_ and if a person doesn’t show the necessary respect for US laws – deport them.
    C. Start with the prison population – even if that means paying Mexico to imprison their own! (OK…I know – but I can dream, can’t I?)
    D. Appoint Joe Arapaio head of immigration. (ditto C.!)

  • hillbilly says:

    Well, I have a problem with the wild pigs explanation… some of the spinach recalled were the “ready to eat” variety, meaning you open the bag and make the salad or whatever you are going to use it for… if the food had been properly prepared for ready to eat how could wild pigs have caused the problem?

    As for the leaking roof and fire alarm system, no one noticed water dripping into the peanut butter?

    As much as I’d like to have faith in those explanations they just don’t cover the whole, if you know what I mean.

    As for the other parts of your comment, the only thing I have to say is that respect of the law, whether by a citizen or an alien is a thing of the past. We have prime examples in the federal government right now of people who don’t respect our laws. If they can get away with it, why should anybody else follow them? (Not that I think that’s the right attitude to take but it is the prevailing attitude. People who actually respect the law these days are a minority.)

  • Christi says:

    Not only do we have diseases cropping up that we have never had here such as tb that is drug resistant, we are seeing a lot of disease that we had eradicated popping up because of the lack of vaccinations among illegal immigrants.

    As far as our food supply, I would add that poor sanitary conditions aren’t the only problem. There was a crazy illegal alien that intentionally sprinkled glass and other things at a wonton factory for revenge because they fired his brother-in-law. You can read it here.

  • suek says:

    Leaking roof…I think it was not dripping on the peanut butter directly, but the water contained the bacteria that then mixed with the peanuts. Not sure about this. I understand your suspicion – unfortunately, I’m not sure there’s a way to really satisfy anyone that the _truth_ is _known_.
    Polluted spinach…I have my doubts as well…_wild pigs_? in Monterey County? It isn’t impossible – there are areas that are extremely steep and uncultivated next to cultivated areas…but still…! Wild animals can be almost invisible unless you know where and when to look for them…but again – can we really _trust_ what we’re told? That is a major issue, I think.

    As for the sprinkled glass – I wouldn’t want to limit that possibility to illegals…anybody can “go postal”.

    Two other things – 1) we over medicate ourselves, leaving ourselves more prone to diseases that in the past we developed immunity against. 2) we depend on food prepared in other kitchens too much. I’m astounded at the number of food stores (fast food, restaurants, drink places, take-outs etc) that are in the newly built shopping centers in my area. I suspect I’m older than you are – I remember in my youth _no_ fast food restaurants. You had sitdown restaurants and you had ice cream stands. That was it. You ate at home most of the time, and food was all home cooked. Does anybody cook at home anymore? From the number of eateries, it seems as if they must not! Otherwise, how could these places all make a living! At any rate – if you eat in strange (as in not at home) places, you really have no idea what you’re eating, where it came from or who cooked it. It’s a wonder we don’t have more incidents, actually.

    I have wondered if any of these illegals return to Mexico, and if they do, how they are affected by their time and training in the US, and what effect they might have on their home cultures in Mexico. Someone I asked said “They _don’t_ go back!” I wonder.

  • hillbilly says:

    “I have wondered if any of these illegals return to Mexico, and if they do, how they are affected by their time and training in the US, and what effect they might have on their home cultures in Mexico. Someone I asked said “They _don’t_ go back!” I wonder.”

    As far as I can tell only the drug dealers go back and return many times. The rest stay here, are married or get married, have anchor babies and so on.

    As for the other stuff… I think those companies counted on only city people when putting out those “explanations”… wild pigs or not, don’t you think the spinach would have been trampled enough somebody would have noticed?

    As far as the peanut butter, well… peanuts have to be heated at high heats to make peanut butter… got that from my Mississipian hubby, lol.

    I still cook most of our meals at home from scratch. I really did grow up in the hills and the closest restaurant of any kind was far far away. I think I got to go to that maybe once a month or so. I remember doing the fall canning outside in a fire pit and cooking on a woodstove until I was about 16. I don’t like medicine and rarely go to the doctor for anything. My worst drug habit is taking too many aspirin from headaches after staring at the computer screen too long, :).

April 2007


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