FRESNO, Calif. — On a warm spring day, farmworker Cristina Melendez was bedridden and unable to make her way back into the asparagus fields of central California for the kind of backbreaking work she´s done since childhood. The 36-year-old mother of seven was desperate. Her bank account had been at zero for months, the refrigerator was nearly empty, and she didn´t have enough to cover the rent. Lacking health insurance, Melendez couldn´t see a doctor or afford medication, so her illness dragged on — and another day came and went without work or pay. A native of Mexico
Comments: [With Hope Yen] So why does our government want to import millions more who will end up like Cristina?
I could not get by the fact that she has seven children, all paid for by the American taxpayer. And you know she cashes in on ever program they can get. Sorry, no empathy for people who dig a hole and want everyone to feel sorry for them. She should go back to Mexico.
I didn´t find where I was supposed to feel sorry for her in this article. Which part was it supposed to be? Being here illegally? Having 7 kids? Older kids don´t want to work for minimum wage even tho they have limited education? Where in all this am I supposed to feel sympathy?
I do have a bit for the kids but they are learning beside Mama how to be utter failures. This woman found men willing to get her pregnant - ask some of them for child support.
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Johnny Angle, 6/9/2013 11:32:25 AM (No. 9367567)
Please allow a rare double post. In response to #3, I agree. Consider this, however: When an American is sentenced to jail, his family generally has to fend for it self. In the subject article we have an admitted conspirator to international smuggling. Why is not just as fair to deport her, and let her to decide whether to take her children with her, or let them fend for themselves with remaining relatives,friends or social services?
The Great Agricultural Valley in California was able to generate fabulous wealth, feed the world amazing vegetables, support millions of cheerful brazeros and allow California to be the 8th largest economy on the planet.
Then Nancy P. cut the water to kill the real estate value so she could buy it up cheap and ´sell´ it to Jerry Brown to build high speed rail.
There´s more than one way to turn Sacramento into Detroit.
This story is not even sad. It is the story of grifters who come to this country; they do not try to better themselves. This woman was given a FREE education, and she threw it away and started having children. The first husband did not last long, how many fathers are there for her seven children. Obviously she is not married now, and her oldest son is already breeding; he had a son very young. You know the American taxpayer paid for all seven of her births; most of these people then get WIC, SNAP, subsidized housing, and welfare. If these people want to get out of poverty, they have to apply themselves and stop having so many children that they cannot afford. The need to be responsible. No, I am not sad; I am angry.
As a former resident of The Valley (1987-88) I can verify: it was total BoomTown and with all the boutique foods Americans love it would be triple-Boomtown today if they had the water.
I am personally amazed it is doing as well as it is. With the water and with other restrictions somewhat relaxed I am sure it could power the growth of the workers there to better status (all immigration issues aside), but hammered with EPA and tax burdens .... there will be no growth, the beatings will continue until they confess ...
#10 makes some good points and I, personally, would like to see her and her herd deported. As to the family having to "fend for itself" when the breadwinner goes to prison, not true. The family receives all the handouts afforded to anyone else, especially in California with its democrat leaders.
It´s not where she lives, it´s her life choices. If you´re stuck in poverty get the hell out of there (that´s obviously why her parents brought her to the US). Maybe she´s too old to move now but why did she stay stuck pumping out kids into poverty? Same goes for her kids who appear to want to make the same bad choices.
Republicans had better get up and smell the roses. This story tells why the liberal Democrats have made such inroads throughout Latino communities, in that the liberal Democrats continuously promise poor and generally uneducated Latinos all manner of "free" health care and a great expansion of social welfare benefits and services in return for their votes. Republicans don´t do that.
The vast majority of those Latino voters are not going to start voting for conservative Republicans, who want to do away with, or scale back, a lot of those government health care and social welfare programs, because the Republicans caved and facilitated what everyone knows is a long-term Democrat political initiative, amnesty and a path to citizenship for 11 to 20 million illegal aliens, that is really designed to greatly expand the Democrat voter base in the years ahead.
That liberal Democrat amnesty initiative will not stop future mass uncontrolled illegal immigration, but instead will encourage most mass illegal immigration bringing more poor and uneducated Latinos to this country, and future calls for more such amnesty programs on into the future.
Erix Holder, who is resposible for enforcing federal laws, said that every person had the human right to be a u.s. citizen. There are six billion people in the world, Eric. Using your logic, all six billion have the right to U.S. citizenship.
We´re talking about changing the mindset of people who think this is their lot in life, this is all they are ever going to do-
Here in Texas I can tell you that ain´t gonna happen. There is no concept of planning for tomorrow. The survival mode is live for today--it´s deeply rooted in the culture. As soon as there is a little extra money from a temporary job or gambling, it´s blown on beer and bbq with multitude family and friends.
It´s too bad you´re not rich like you hoped to be, lady, but I bet you´re doing a whole lot better than you would in Mexico.
Her son is following in her footsteps: he´s 21, has a three-year old son; with the help of a loan, he entered a mechanic training program, but dropped out; then with a government program, he got a two-month job at a bakery.
How about sticking with it, and don´t have any more children unless you can support them?
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