Cheap Tomatoes

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Viral email supposedly written by a California high school teacher purports to cite facts and figures demonstrating why illegal immigration is a bad thing for America.

Description: Forwarded email
Circulating since: Apr. 2006

I've posted three variants of this viral message to illustrate how it has changed over time. The earliest (see page 3), which began circulating in April 2006, was written by the husband of a teacher at Valley High School in Santa Ana, California.

Over time, references to the original author and location were changed or deleted altogether (see page 2). Ultimately, the text was anonymously revised to make it seem as though it was written by the teacher herself. The example immediately below is the most recent.

March 2010 example:
Email contributed by a Yahoo user, March 28, 2010:

Cheap Tomatoes

THIS HAS GOT TO BE PASSED ALONG TO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE OR WE WILL ALL GO DOWN THE DRAIN BECAUSE A FEW DON'T CARE.

This English teacher has phrased it the best I've seen yet.

Tomatoes and Cheap Labor

CHEAP TOMATOES?
This should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent

From a California school teacher - - -

"As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:

I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels

Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.

Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll -- but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.

I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.

I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America..

I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students, here in the country less then 3 months, who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them "Putas"(whores) and throwing things, that the teachers were in tears.

Free medical, free education, free food, free day care etc., etc, etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.

Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases. For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.

Americans, We need to wake up.

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: It involves an American third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about"political correctness" that we don't have the will to do anything about it.

If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know.

CHEAP LABOR? Isn't that what the whole immigration issue is about?

Business doesn't want to pay a decent wage.

Consumers don't want expensive produce.

Government will tell you Americans don't want the jobs.

But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as "cheap labor."

Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an "earned income credit" of up to $3,200 free.

He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.

He qualifies for food stamps.

He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care.

His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.

He requires bilingual teachers and books.

He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.

If they are, or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI. If qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicaid. All of this is at (our) taxpayer's expense.

He doesn't worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance.

Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.

He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.

Working Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6..00/hour left after paying their bills and his.

Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT!

THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS WE SHOULD BE ADDRESSING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS OF EITHER PARTY. 'AND WHEN THEY LIE TO US AND DON'T DO AS THEY SAY, WE SHOULD REPLACE THEM.

Please pass this on to as many as possible. Immigration legislation is to be considered in 2010. This is important to working Americans, our economy and our American culture and heritage..

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May 2006 example:
Email contributed by Vic A., May 9, 2006:

Subject: Consider cheap tomatoes

This email is from a retired former teacher friend whose wife is a teacher in the Riverside area, and has been for many, many years. The attached is first hand knowledge...

As you all listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration there are some things that you should be aware of.

As most of you know my wife is in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at large southern California high school, which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socio-economic and income levels. Most of the schools you are hearing about-South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, etc.-where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.

My wife tells me that 100% of the students in her school and other Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast, free lunch program. When I say free breakfast I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll... but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.

She estimates that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones.

The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for baby-sitters or having family watch their kids.

She was ordered to spend $700,000 on her department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; her budget was already substantial. She ended up buying new computers for their computer learning center; half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America.

She has had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them "Putas"-whores-and throwing things that the teachers were in tears.

Free medical, free education, free food, day care etc., etc., etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

To my bleeding-heart liberal friends who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs. Higher insurance, Medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc., etc. For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.

We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster because we won't have the guts to enforce it. Does anyone in their right mind really think they will leave and return voluntarily?

There are many hardworking Hispanic/American citizens that contribute to our country and many that I consider my true friends. We should encourage and accept those Hispanics who have done it the right and legal way.

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate ... and an American culture that has become so weak and politically correct that we don't have the will to do anything about it.

If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know.

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April 2006 example:
Email contributed by Nancy C., April 29, 2006:

Subject: Wake up America!

Friends, as you listen to the news today about the student protests over illegal immigration there are some things that you really need to make yourselves aware of.

I am probably jeopardizing my wife's job by even writing this, but it has come to the point now that it must be revealed to a drowsy, uninformed people.

The Santa Ana Unified School District is now controlled by a militant faction of Hispanic Activists. Some are American citizens, most are not.

My wife, Shelli, is in charge of English as a second language department at Santa Ana Valley High School, which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students are from lower socio-economic and income levels.

Most of the schools you hear about - South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, etc. - where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.

Shelli tells me that 100% of the students in her school and other Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast/free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud.

The waste of this food according to her is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten. Shelli estimates that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more she guesses have mobile or "cell" phones.

The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.

Shelli was ordered to spend $700,000 on her department, or risk losing funding for the upcoming year, even though there was little need for anything as her budget was already substantial. She ended up buying new brand new computers for their computer learning center, half of which - one month later - have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students, who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America.

She has had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers calling them "Pinche Putas" and throwing things that the teachers were in tears. The day of the humble immigrant is gone.

Free medical, free education, free food, free day care, etc.. etc.. etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand the rights, privileges, and entitlements to which they are NOT entitled over American citizens?

To my friends who point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they like their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes, spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the true costs.

Higher insurance premiums, good medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more violent types of crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, horrible new diseases, etc., etc., etc.

As for me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.

We need to wake up. We need to wake our friends, familes and neighbors up. The guest worker program will be a disaster, because we won't have the guts to enforce it. Crime will escalate. All amnesty will do is open the door for more to get in and stay here....illegally.

Does anyone in their right mind really think they will leave and return voluntarily? Why do they think that? Who told them that?

There are many deserving, decent, hard-working Hispanic/American citizens who attained and earned their status as Americans the honest way. They contribute to our country, pay their taxes and many of them I consider my true friends.

We should encourage and accept those Americans of Hispanic descent, who have done it the right and legal way. It does, however, have everything to do with culture.

A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by age 15, and that refuses to assimilate - and an American culture that has become so weak and afraid - politically correct - that we don't have the will to do anything about it. Laws against illegal immigration & employers that hire them have been in existence for many years.

PLEASE. Write a letter, telephone, send a fax or even e-mail your congressman and your senators TODAY. Encourage them to support the enforcement bills pending in congress - they will work and they will be effective. We must secure and protect our borders, but only if you enjoy the America you have come to love and respect.

The ball's in your court, America. Serve or pass. It's up to you!

If you agree, pass it on. Pray that everyone who receives this cares enough to do the right thing.

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