89%. That’s the number attributed to the workforce represented by my Latino working hands in the field. And they DO do the work many of my fellow Caucasians refuse or simply don’t have the nerve to do. That’s a fact, and we do not pick lettuce or peaches, we are Scaffoldriggers. We create a safe place to work where none exist, most often at heights that make the grown men using it freeze in fear. And the VAST majority of the ones up top, risking the most, use English as a second language. This will certainly be the least revered posting by my fellow Republicans, but they already know that I do not believe that being a Republican locks me into the party line on every issue…and this is one in which my opinon is quite strong.
Years ago, before I hung up my tool belt and picked up a clip board [tablets didn’t exist then] I was the minority at work, actually still am. But I have said it before and I will say it many times more…”I Love Me Some Mexicans”. These men [and women] that I employ, show up before daybreak and drive home in the dark. They do so in the blazing summer heat and on frigid winter mornings. But beyond work ethic, and most importantly, they exemplify the word ‘Family’. They bring a sense of community to the workplace. They respect their elders and honor family above all else. They bring food- HOLY COW THE FOOD- every day with the intention of sharing what they have. On an average day, that results in a lunchtime buffet for all, because so many of them bring so much.
It’s the GIVING that inspires me to write this. And not just the food or time they willingly give to their fellow man. It’s the $6.5 Billion in taxes and Social Security contributions those looking forward to Amnesty contributed annually in the last decade. No refunds in spring. They work and pay into a number of programs of which they will not benefit any time soon. $6.5 BILLION. That from “undocumented” citizens. Double that, after adding employer contributions and then do some real math…$130,000,000,000.00 paid into the system in the last 10 years alone.
Don’t anyone ever tell me they are here stealing jobs or benefits again. Do you know who funds the SSDI check you get every month because you lost 10% use of your right arm playing high school baseball? Do you know who funds your Welfare check becasue you were too busy having kids to get an education? It’s a 45 year old undocumented Oaxacan! He pays for it by carrying 5 ton of bricks in a wheel barrow every day. He does it to feed his family and yours with a piece of stainless-steel lodged in his hip, courtesy of a Minuteman on the north side of the Rio Grande. Do you know what he will get after he is provided amnesty and retires? NOTHING.
Under the current immigration law, which cannot be changed without a super majority in both houses of Congress, a newly documented citizen must work and pay into the system for a minimum 10 years AFTER documentation before they are eligible for Medicare, welfare or social security. So, actually, that man doesn’t retire. He will continue to work and find happiness in a humble existence that isn’t one plagued by civil unrest, banditos and rampant government corruption. And, most probably, do so until the day he dies.
They, like our forefathers, have come here to provide peace and happiness for their families. American Families. Are there criminals among them, Yes. There are criminals everywhere of every race, color and creed. Will deporting 11 million souls stop the crime from crossing our boarders, no. It’s stupid to suggest so.
So, as I gave thanks yesterday and watched my phone blow up with invitations and well wishes, all texted in Spanish, I realized how fortunate I am to know these wonderful people. They make me want to be a better person. If for no other reason than in the genuine way they inquire about mothers’ health and whether or not I have enough to eat today.
cuando decide permanecer en la ignorancia , que ha optado por permanecer un tonto .