This is a rebuttal to Rosa Casillas. Yes, the Mexicans were here first. They lost. Get over it.
I think if it had not been this way, California would be in the same shape as the Mexican economy is today and there would be no need for immigration to California, legal or otherwise.
There is a border dividing the U.S. and Mexico. That makes Mexicans or anyone else illegal if they don't have the proper documentation to enter the U.S.
News-Sentinel columnist Joe Guzzardi is not only a teacher of English as a second language. He teaches other classes as well. A great many of those taking the English classes are not property owners, thus they do not pay their share of cost for schools. Support of schools is funded by property taxes, not just the lottery.
Many of the jobs held by immigrants are low paying with no benefits. Therefore, illnesses, injuries and most pregnancies are paid for by the taxpayers.
California would not be as prosperous as it is today had it not been for the early immigrants who came from all over the world, entered legally, and never got a handout from the government (taxpayers).
If they had not come, California would be in the same economical condition as Mexico. The poverty in Mexico creates the illegal immigration and Mexico President Vicente Fox would like to solve some of his problems with a lot more immigration to the U.S.
J.E. Vaughn Lodi
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