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Found this on Facebook. An ESL (English as a second language teacher gives her opinion of DACA).

STILL FEEL DACA IS WONDERFUL?
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 in the lower socio-economic and income levels. Most of the schools you are hearing about are South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, etc., where their students are protesting – these 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 about a glass of milk and a roll … But a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make the 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 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. (More of 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, but I ended up buying new computers for the Computer Learning Center, half of which, one month later, were carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America. (More and more of our tax dollars at work!)
I have had to intervene several times for young 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 care, free education, free food, free day care, etc., etc., etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled not only to be in this country, but also to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?
To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society, because they happen to like their gardener and/or housekeeper, and they like to pay less for tomatoes, I say: 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.
America, 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 age 15, and that refuses to assimilate, plus 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 including your Congressman and Senators.
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.
In addition:
1. He qualifies for Section-8 housing and subsidized rent;
2. He qualifies for food stamps;
3. He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care;
4. His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school;
5. He requires bilingual teachers and books;
6. He qualifies for relief from high energy bills;
7. If they are, or become aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI;
8. Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare (All of this at taxpayer’s {our} expense);
9. He doesn’t worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance;
10. Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material;
11. He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits;
12. Working Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after paying their bills and his;
13. The American taxpayers also pays for increased crime, graffiti and trash clean-up.
Cheap labor is such a ruse as to be laughable.

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Perhaps the reason so many athletes are not taking a knee or sitting during the playing of the national anthem at professional sports venues, NFL games in particular, is not so much that the athletes are doing so in protest but that they think that’s what the media wants them to do.

What? What’s that you say?

Well, If Tim Tebow was ridiculed by the media for praying during The National Anthem but Colin Kaepernick is lauded and applauded by the media for sitting during The National Anthem and all the focus is put on Kaepernick instead of Tebow, doesn’t that set an example for all athletes?

Maybe the professional athletes are simply doing what they think their employers want them to do, and the media, not unlike an employer in a sense, are in fact the largest source of revenue for professional athletes.

It’s as if the media are telling the athletes to keep up the drama or something because the public has decided that professional sports isn’t interesting enough without it any longer.

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TRUE STORY:

During a conversation with someone on the subject of DACA the person tried to convince me that there was a “humanistic” element to DACA and that sending DACA recipients back to their country of origin was somewhat, not completely, but somewhat inhumane. That may be true to a certain extent, I do not disagree. But that line is a line the media and DACA supporters have been running and it totally ignores the “inhumane” element of making Americans pay for it all.

The person I was speaking with, unlike myself, was clearly on the fence about DACA, which many people are.

The conversation meandered a bit as most conversations do (this wasn’t a scripted political speech or anything) and I suggested to the person while talking about a completely different subject that she should run for office, that she is well spoken and would make a good representative for her aldermanic district.

She replied resolutely with, “I wouldn’t stand a chance.” I disagreed and then asked why? Her response was, “well, this is a mainly Hispanic district and they only vote for Hispanics.”

I don’t need to tell you what happened next. I kind of emphasized it a bit by not immediately replying to her last statement. But her last statement, that Hispanics don’t vote for white females, which is what she is, a white female, was followed by a LONG DRAMATIC PAUSE!

To me this somewhat accidental arrival at a conclusion about why NOT to support DACA was so blatantly obvious that I admit I was a bit surprised she didn’t make the connection. But she didn’t at first. I had to help her realize the significance of what she had just said by bringing the conversation back to that of the subject of DACA.

“So,” I said something to this effect. “You want to support DACA because it has a “humanistic” element to it but you won’t run for office in your aldermanic district,” something which she is entirely capable of, “because Hispanics don’t vote for people like you.”

This observation of mine was followed by another LONG DRAMATIC PAUSE!

Wow, I thought to myself. There really is something to the blind ignorance of bleeding-heart liberalism, a condition I once long ago thought was completely a figment of the conservative political imagination. But there it was in what I would say was one of its purest, most unadulterated forms.

The person, whom I have a lot of respect for, realizing the significance of her most recent statement, that Hispanics don’t vote for white females, attempted to squirm out of the obvious conclusion that maybe supporting DACA isn’t such a good idea, particularly for white females. So I reminded her of the significance of supporting a program which eventually will make her political voice completely mute, which it will, as if in her own aldermanic district her voice isn’t already completely silenced.

“How’s that for a “humanistic” approach,” I asked?

She didn’t say it but the tone of her voice had changed and you could hear it there. The tone of her voice said, “OK, I get it.”

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The levels of unrest in today’s race riots don’t compare to the levels of violence, killing, and destruction of the race riots during the sixties in The US.

During the race riots of the sixties, entire blocks of buildings in business districts were set afire. People were shot by snipers holed up in abandoned buildings. Much of urban America was under curfew during certain times of the year.

Today, if you look at the pictures of the rioters many of them are smiling and they appear to be having a good time. Makes you wonder if riots have become a sort of pastime in America. Kind of suggests that the problems are not as significant as they were during the sixties and suggests the country has changed dramatically. It’s hard to tell, though, since many of the rioters in pics I’ve seen are smiling.

See reference after notice.

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http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/weekend-of-disruption-takes-economic-toll-on-st-louis/article_344d0707-c0ac-5594-8d24-b92aa027cf79.html

 

 

During an enjoyable conversation last week the subject of what languages we should be teaching in schools these days came up.

One person said we should be teaching Spanish because there are so many Hispanics coming into the country right now and we have to preserve the culture. Another said we should be teaching Chinese because it is an up and coming language. To a certain extent I would have to agree with both of those sentiments.

But what about preserving the Germanic cultures, the European cultures such as French and Italian, Polish, and Czech and Russian? We have just as many if not more people who are descendants of those cultures in The United States right now than Spanish or Chinese.

Furthermore I said, I don’t recall a time in the history of The United States when teachers had to be bi-lingual in Polish or Russian like they are required to be now fluent in Spanish in many classes. Sounds kind of racist if you ask me.

If we are teaching language to “preserve” culture, then we are doing a poor job of it by offering only Spanish and Chinese in schools today. Teaching only Spanish and Chinese sounds more like an incursion to me than it does an attempt to preserve culture.

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One of the concerns I have with Democrats moving so far to the left is that Republicans will feel they don’t have to appeal to conservatives as thoroughly. I think we are beginning to see that happening already to a certain extent.

Because we live in a democracy, political belief systems have a certain gravity due to the desire to obtain votes. Parties have a tendency to shift positionally based on the voter attraction of another party’s platform.

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This week I posed the question to a group of associates, “what do you think about the repeal of DACA?” One very outspoken colleague whose opinion I have a lot of respect for said, “I think it’s cruel.” I didn’t respond but thought to myself instead, ‘Cruel? Perhaps it is cruel, until you think about the burden of paying for such activity or the loss of jobs it costs the America taxpayer. If you still think it’s cruel after that then you are just a sucker.’

Next, during the conversation I posed the question, “What do you think we should do about the border wall with Mexico?” That same person quickly interjected, “I think we should “just annex Mexico.” Again, I only thought, “You mean like Russia annexing The Crimea and Ukraine?”

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