from Lodi to Pittsburgh, PA
two years ago, I`ve been viewing California`s social and
economic problems from afar. Instead of moving toward
meaningful reform, California can`t get out of its own
Reporter Jennifer Bonnett`s recent story chronicles
death spiral. [Free
Lunches Offered for Anyone Under18 in Lodi,
by Jennifer Bonnett,
Lodi News-Sentinel, July 19, 2010]
Before beginning my analysis, let`s be clear about one
thing. Regardless of what label is put on any
program—state, federal, county or school—taxpayers
fund them all.
lunches are distributed at Hale Park and the
neighborhoods Bonnett described as
“lower income” They are also predominantly Hispanic.
understand how California dug itself into a
billion budget deficit,
let`s look at one of the major contributors, illegal
immigration. By analyzing a typical profile of a lunch
the last year they can qualify for the (not) free
program, you`ll get a real awakening.
After receiving free prenatal
care, the expectant illegal alien mother delivers
her child in a local hospital
give birth on your dime.
Then, she qualifies for postpartum care as well as
host of other services
including but not limited to free strollers and
the time the child is 5, he can enroll in pre-school
that will likely provide snacks. Once in
Title 1 schools he probably attends offer breakfast and
cafeteria lunches. Breakfast includes offerings similar
to those you have come to expect from a Marriott Hotel:
a cereal bar with an assortment of fruits, juices and
Other student perks especially designed for immigrants
include a variety of after school activities including
language training for the non-English speakers.
some cases, by the time the immigrant children reach
their teens, they have made
young as thirteen
who are pregnant or have children can attend special day
care type classes where without the inconvenience of
having to arrange and pay for
baby sitters they can spend the day without
having to go to traditional school.
While it is impossible to quantify
exactly how much taxpayers may shell out for each
immigrant child from birth through
high school graduation,
I put the figure conservatively at $200,000.
Then, rubbing salt into taxpayers` wounds, the
organizers either don`t understand or care where the
money comes from.
Bonnet quoted Wiqar Shah who oversees the lunch program.
According to Shah:
“The parents are
just happy that they don`t have to worry about getting
them lunch. Most of our children are low-income, so they
don`t always get meals, and the parents love [the free
makes it sound as if making the parents happy justifies
everything. Of course, the parents love the idea of free
lunch and having someone else prepare it. Who wouldn`t?
reaction is more realistic. Why, with the U.S.
technically bankrupt, do we keep allowing
to migrate only to then become dependent on American
have plenty of poor American-born citizens who should be
first in line. Let Mexico take care of its own needy.
According to 2008
Census Bureau data,
San Joaquin County is 36 percent Hispanic up from 30
percent in 2000. The same figures for Lodi are 32
percent, a 27 percent increase from eight years ago.
same trend exists in most of California`s other 58
Hispanics are aliens and others are the
American citizen children
of illegal immigrants. What is undeniable is that as
long as the
state`s Hispanic population increases dramatically
while relying heavily on an ever-expanding array of
social services, California will never pull out of its
Of course, to suggest that
federal immigration policy should be more
as an unrepentant racist.
is a California native who recently fled the state
because of over-immigration, over-population and a
rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He has moved to
Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the growth
A long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It
currently appears in the