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More schoolchildren in Central Texas living in poverty

There are 24 comments on the Austin American-Statesman story from Nov 29, 2011, titled More schoolchildren in Central Texas living in poverty. In it, Austin American-Statesman reports that:

About 1 in 4 school-age children in Travis, Bastrop and Caldwell counties lived in poverty in 2010 higher than the national average and the poverty rate for schoolchildren has risen since the recession began in 4 of 5 counties in the Austin metro area, according to census estimates Tuesday reflecting the effects of the weakened economy.

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Austinite

Round Rock, TX

#21 Dec 16, 2011
Too many illegal aliens sucking at the taxpayers teets in Austin. My kids go to public school and more than half the kids speak no English, get free breakfast and lunch, then on top of that a backpack full of food for the weekend. Ironically many wear nice designer clothes and the adult who picks them up drives nice cars, usually SUVs like a Navigator, Escalade. I find it ironic they even drive since the ones I met outside the school while waiting to pick up the kids (freaks them out that a gringo like me speaks fluent Spanish but since it is true Spanish they do not understand it all) none can go inside the school without ID and none have it.
pikecat

Fentress, TX

#22 Dec 17, 2011
El CID calls a spade a spade. They are illegals.
El Viajero

Cedar Park, TX

#23 Dec 17, 2011
Austinite wrote:
Too many illegal aliens sucking at the taxpayers teets in Austin. My kids go to public school and more than half the kids speak no English, get free breakfast and lunch, then on top of that a backpack full of food for the weekend. Ironically many wear nice designer clothes and the adult who picks them up drives nice cars, usually SUVs like a Navigator, Escalade. I find it ironic they even drive since the ones I met outside the school while waiting to pick up the kids (freaks them out that a gringo like me speaks fluent Spanish but since it is true Spanish they do not understand it all) none can go inside the school without ID and none have it.
Is this the fault of the mojados that take advantage of the system, or the system that enables them to take advantage of it?

If you put up a sign that says "free money", do you think people aren't going to take it?

“Little boxes, little boxes...”

Since: Jan 09

Sao Paulo, Brasil

#24 Dec 26, 2011
Ibelieve wrote:
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I would greatly appreciate you not putting words into my text that are not there. I have said nothing to marginalize anyone, nor have I made any reference to experiencing horridness related to immigrants. But I do question your use of the word immigrant. By definition, an immigrant is a person who enters a country legally with the intent to become a legalized citizen by establishing a perminant residence within that country.
The key elements of this definition are the words legally entering and intent to become a legal citizen. By any other description it is the law of immigration. Every other civilized country on this planet has immigration laws, and these laws are designed to regulate the flow of people into one's country. Many are much harsher than ours. You deal with the visual media-surley you have kept up on what happens if a American strays into Iran or North Korea. Some countries allow their boarder guards to shoot anyone who tries an illegal entry-Mexico for example.
So, my position on the matter is simple. When my ancestors stepped off the boat at Plymouth and Philidelphia in the early 1600s, they were required to register with colonial authorities and to sign an oath of alligence to the King of England. This oath required them to renounce all of their political and religious ties with their mother countries. I am also a decendent of some who did not come here willingly-they were deported here because they changed the religious beliefs. I am also decended from native Americans of the Chocktaw Nation of Alabama who were required to leave the ancestral lands and relocate to the states of Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. For five hundred years my family had to work their butts off to stay here, survive here, and make the U.S. what it is today. I'm somewhat resentful of people who come here illegally and feel they can take what I worked for all my life and if I refuse to give it willingly, then they destroy it. Where am I making some invalid point as a citizen of my country where you can accuse me of being a greedy American? I'm just an American in my own country.
Mexico does not shoot it's "immigrants". I'm so sorry for your mal-information. And by whose definition is an immigrant deemed to go through legal means? I just looked it up and I found several definitions, one fo them being...arrival of settlers in new country: the act of entering a new country to settle permanently. No legality terms there. It fluctuates by person. Nobody comes to America feels like "taking what (you) worked for all (your) life". My dad never came here thinking, "I'm gonna take everything from all the Americans for myself and never work for it". You are so absurd in thinking that. If the application to become a legal resident, and moreover, a citizen, were more logically constructed and better organized, people who are in desperate conditions would not feel the need to come to America without papers. My dad tried for 7 years to apply to become a legal resident only to be told that they lost his application?? They still ran on a paper system up to maybe 5 years ago. That is just negligent. So you tell me what you would do if gunshots were constant in your neighborhood, your sister has already been kidnapped and murdered, with your children and wife at risk of having that same fate? I'm sure if you had the opportunity to escape, wherever that may (and it happened to be the US for my father), you would take it. Since then, he has worked 3 jobs at a time, and has helped to put all four of his kids through college...and all four of us are contributing to a better society for you here in the United States. Now tell me what is so morally wrong about that?
We haven't taken anything from you, ever.

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