2. Roll up the San Diego/Imperial Red Carpets, and cut off the endless cash black hole flow going to those who 1) do not deserve it and 2) do not belong here.
To all our viewers who are tunning in from parts outside of the US/Mexico border, we should note that the San Diego and Imperial counties in California are the ones that border Mexico......in his reference to these two counties Matt D seems (please note the word "seems") to say that the current California budget deficit is caused in part by illegal mexican immigrants leeching on public services............but let's look at the following link and broaden our intelectual horizons for the time being......
The Myth Of Illegals
Prop 187 advocates seem to deny the paradox of this law: movements like "Save Our State" are torn between wanting to get rid of the illegals (and the deterioration of the American social fabric and standard of living they represent) and wanting to exploit them for all they're worth to enhance their own standard of living. People who criticize today's immigrants contend that, as a whole, the current newcomers are fundamentally different from the 13 million Eastern and Southern Europeans who immigrated to the U.S. in the first half of this century. Thirty-eight percent of today's arrivals are white, compared with 88 percent of those who came before 1960. Critics also argue that our highly developed economy now demands brains, not brawn, which means poorly educated and indigent immigrants have little hope of following their predecessors into the middle class.
Contrary to what many Americans believe, the vast majority of today's immigrants--legal and illegal--are doing well, or are at least striving to pave the way for their children to live better lives. Those immigrant families who arrived in the U.S. before 1980 boast a higher average income than that of native-born Americans. Few immigrants come to America to get on welfare. Immigrant children aren't devouring precious education dollars: only four percent of the $227 billion we spend on education is spent on educating legal immigrant children and just two percent is spent on the estimated 648,000 children who are here illegally. Immigrants are not long-term drains on our economy. Yes, the estimated 3.8 million illegal immigrants cost the country $2 billion a year, chiefly because they work in low-wage jobs and often don't pay income taxes. But as a group, the foreign-born pay $25 to $30 billion a year more in taxes than they consume in government services, and working-age, non-refugee immigrants are much less likely than natives to receive welfare, according to the Urban Institute.
The passage of Prop 187 demonstrates the tendency of the California public to mask economic and social ills with nativist rhetoric. Legal immigrants or citizens of foreign ancestry are easy targets of racism, because the burden of proving citizenship and "Americanness" falls upon all Asian Americans, Latinos, and anyone else who "looks illegal." And what will happen to the undocumented immigrants? Save-Our-Staters have not addressed the losses of productivity, greater poverty, and increased crime that may result from the displacement of so many workers.
Punished & Exploited
Prop 187 proponents are spurred on by their fear of the illegal brown masses spreading and coloring their state and reducing their standard of living. Yet, while they want to execute a coordinated public punishment of illegals for coming into their state, they also want to exploit them for cheap labor. John Acosta, a former illegal fruit-picker who now manages a construction company, sums up the paradox of Prop 187 pretty well: "Come on guys, the businessmen backing Prop 187 are the guys employing these people. Everyone agrees, even in the Latino community, that something has to be done about illegal immigration. But everyone also knows what the game is. If you have a job to do, go down the corner and grab a few Mexicans."
In addition to economic exploitation, there is an exploitation of one racial identity to affirm another. What exactly is the nature of the state that Save-Our-Staters are trying to save? It seems to go beyond their standard of living. Yet undocumented immigrants are not causing the huge economic drain that so many claim them to be; they are filling jobs that most Americans do not want. In targeting the "undocumented" population, 187 proponents have unleashed abuses against those with visible racial differences. Whether conscious or not, the negative portrayal of illegals as indigent and racially "other" strengthens and glorifies the dominant and "normal" identity of citizens who believe they are the "true" Californians.
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