I wonder how the owners and controllers of Main Stream Media feel when they know in their bankers` hearts that their intransigence on the issue of patriotic immigration reform is precipitating Page One stories such as appeared in the Washington Post on Presidents` Day: "Homelessness: The Family Portrait: Across Region, Economy Pulls Rug From Under More and More 2-Parent Households, by Chris L. Jenkins, February 16, 2009
Probably not much—or they would change their positions and get with the vast majority of us American citizens who know the pinch, feel the pain and see the connection between homelessness and the unceasing importation of more legal and illegal aliens by the power elites who control our "play for pay" Congress.
This is the very same Congress
stimulus bill will provide 4 million jobs, while
allowing the importation of
138,000 legal aliens on work visas every month and
arguing that illegal aliens should get benefits. The
same bunch who failed in the stimulus bill to extend
E-verify beyond March 6th, although it
allows employers to establish rapidly the legality of
new employment applicants with a
99% accurate computer data base at the
You think you live in a democracy? Don`t be silly.
The powerful page one Post report launches with pictures into an increasingly familiar sad story.
"Robert Polight leaned over an electric pot in a corner of Room 27 at the Breezeway Motel, stirring the sauce for his family`s favorite dinner: spaghetti. He strained the noodles in the room`s cramped bathroom sink.
His wife, Joshalyn James, had just finished slicing sausage on the coffee table and was busy cleaning up after him. Son Jake, 6, quietly played a video game, and daughter Haira,12, giggled on the phone."
We are caught up in this spiral from relative prosperity as we learn more.
"Dinnertime, even under these circumstances, has given the family a sense of stability since it became homeless.
"After a month at a relative`s house, two nights in the couple`s
"It`s a long fall from the comfortable life the family had when Polight and James were making about $60,000 a year."
Are you sad and empathetic yet? Me too. And remember, these are not panhandling losers, single parent drug addicts, these are people like so many of us, going paycheck to paycheck, unable to save as prices stayed expensive for housing, food and gasoline.
I won`t recite all the excruciating travails of this couple and their various moves to try to meet their working needs and the educational chances of betterment for their children. But I applaud the writer of this article for telling us at the gut level the fact of where this economy is now and how it is likely to get far worse.
The article cites
released tomorrow by the Richmond-based research
groups Commonwealth Institute and
Voices for Virginia`s
Children concludes that if the national unemployment
rate reaches 9 percent by the fall, as many as 218,000
Virginians might drop below the poverty line, including
73,000 children. A similar analysis by the
and Tax Policy Institute estimated that
"Statistics on the total number of homeless people in the Washington
region won`t be available until the spring, but shelters
in Prince William, Arlington and Fairfax counties have
reported increases in the number of two-parent families.
"The increases are most pronounced in those counties hit hardest by the housing crisis. In Prince William, officials said, 26 percent of 290 families that had stayed in two county shelters since July 1 were headed by two parents. In fiscal 2008, two-parent households accounted for 17 percent of about 384 families that stayed in those shelters.
" `They are a regular part of the types of families we are seeing now,`
said Cheri Villa, executive director of
" `We could be talking about many, many more," she said.` "
So what do we do?
Keep screaming, Folks. We are importing poverty—both because the immigrants themselves are poor, and because they displace and depress the wages and displace native-born Americans who do things like work in warehouses. (But immigration`s impact is reaching everyone).
This government is not one which will stop this vicious practice of importing slaves to take jobs from all of us—not just working people such as Robert Polight and Joshalyn James.
It will keep eating upwards and
downwards into the lives of every single
Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.