I am stymied by how the author of “Stymied: Undocumented Students’ Rocky Road to a College Degree” and the people it refers to are expecting us to wave our hands and cheer them on [July 6 Xpress]. Yay! C'mon, you illegal immigrants, give us a hug! Mi casa es tu casa? Mi escuela es la escuela? Mi trabajo es su trabajo?
I have a friend attending A-B Tech who is all U.S. citizen and working many hours to pay her way through school. She has not gotten a scholarship or even a loan. She doesn't get to cut in line to be first. She didn't start her own group in school to get donations, such as HOLA did.
It's not fair on the kids. I can see some of that. But, I'm sorry, the parents gotta go and raise their kids in their own country. If they aren't going to go through the paces here to become citizens, goodbye! There are exceptions, such as those from war-torn countries whose lives have been literally threatened, but they can't just say that times were tough.
And there's the job picture. So this student at UNCA takes a couple of our jobs to further her education — so she can take one of our better jobs after she graduates? Is she ever planning to apply for citizenship? The politicians are wrong! We do want those jobs. Our social-services system is burgeoning from the weight of baby boomers that have started living longer and needing things that they paid taxes for, and here are the illegals again, with children, who need help from a social-services system that asks no questions of them. I've seen the Mexican people from one end of North Carolina to the other working the tough, lower paying jobs. I've seen them because I've worked the tough, lower paying jobs, right next to them. I don't want anyone to suffer but what's the point of borders or laws if nobody is going to respect them?
— Gail Caduff-Nash