From the comfort and safety of their gated communities, it’s easy for the privileged class of both political parties to support amnesty and sanctuary policies for illegal aliens who ensure cheap labor.
These folks rarely have to deal with the reality of what illegal immigration does to communities of working-class Americans. The neighborhoods they live in, the schools their children go to, and the jobs where they work, remain largely untouched from the harmful impact that illegal immigration can have on communities.
Which is why it’s critical for lawmakers to hear the concerns of working-class Americans who see first hand what illegal immigration has done to their communities.
One such story was recently posted in Townhall by Beth Bauman who grew up in southern California and saw her community transformed by illegal immigration.
I grew up in Southern California, about 90 miles North of San Diego, in what is known as the Inland Empire. My parents moved to a small town where there was one stop sign and hardly any development taking place. Over time, people moved in and the suburban lifestyle followed suit. Soon there were grocery stores, gas stations and even a Walmart. Now, the city has more than quadrupled since I left two years ago.
But here’s the thing: the town I grew up in is flooded with illegal aliens as well as their kids (or what people like to refer to as “anchor babies”).”
When the recession hit in 2008, there were houses in the neighborhood that were foreclosed on. They sat vacant for years with trash accumulating in the front yard and “for sale” signs dangling from a halfway secured real estate signpost. In fact, when news stations covered the housing bubble they often referred to a development in my small town. Anchors talked about the number of foreclosures and people who were upside down in their house. The town I called home was the national poster child for the housing bubble.”
Because the majority of illegal aliens lack any skills, doing manual labor is the norm, which is why warehouses were the perfect fit for the area. What’s better than getting cheap labor? Getting cheap labor that can easily be replaced.
On top of it all, about 99 percent of my high school was on free lunch because their family couldn't afford to pay $2 a day for lunch. In fact, if you were one of the kids who didn't get free lunch (like me), you were looked at as an outcast.”
Thump. Thump. Thump.
I looked in the rear view mirror as I pulled over. They were headed in the same direction as me.
Oh no, I thought.”