Can you believe I'm going to jump into this fray?
I have to admit, I am an unusual one
With neither Repub or Dem leanings
I think they are two wings of the same dragon! LOL
I read your article.
Living here in the Valley in the Pacific Northwest
We have a LOT of migrant workers that work in the orchards
So although our specific county is pretty conservative
We have a lot of the very people mentioned in this article
First or second generation
No affordable housing
Can't quite "make it"
Here's my personal thoughts--you are free to disagree
And I don't believe I'll argue much
Mainly because I am a Libertarian in PHILOSOPHY
(Not so much "in party" as now that's just Repub Lite)
And I believe people have the right to vigorous disagree with me
AND I won't be offended by that.
I have great empathy for these folks and for folks like them
Being poor is humiliating and discouraging and difficult
Trying to provide for children when the adults are barely hanging on
Is desperate and disheartening.
I believe as adults we are personally responsible for our decisions
No other person "owes us" anything
(Including food, shelter, healthcare or education)
And no government should be involved in that AT ALL!!
If we, as adults, bring children into the world
It is OUR JOB to feed them, clothe them, provide shelter, arrange for health care, and educate them.
Now, in centuries past, my own ancestors came to this fair country
From the isles of Ireland and England, and from the Polish/Czech/German border
All my ancestors FLED oppressors and military dictator type problems
All my ancestors left their homes and families and came here with NOTHING
None of my ancestors expected the USA to give them food stamps, housing, healthcare, or a college degree
None of my ancestors continued to speak in their native tongue and try to force those here in the US to speak THEIR language.
What they did is come here dirt poor and work like slaves
They scratched out a living on farms.
They spoke only in English because they said "We are Americans now"
They GREW food or if they were truly hungry, they turned to a church or a charity
They BUILT homes on a plot of land
They spoke to the doctors directly and worked out a payment plan when a child was sick
And they saved like squirrels so that one day, a grand-child could go to college and be the first family graduate.
They got visas, got here urgently but legally, worked HARD, and became legal citizens...
...and yet STILL, as legal citizens, they never expected the USA to give them food stamps, housing, healthcare, or a college degree.
So my thoughts regarding those who are homeless, immigrant, migrant types
Is that I personally have extreme empathy for you.
I know how frustrating it is to work 60-80 hours/week and have no way to pay for a doctor visit.
But the solution is not to offer illegal people "more stuff."
I would recommend that instead of expecting The Gov to take from A to give to B
How about if we personally walk up to a cold person and give them a coat?
Or buy a whole darn bag of groceries once a week and give it to that less fortunate family you go by every day!
Be personally charitable!
Work at a food bank--or face-to-face take care of a fellow human being who is struggling!
As for the immigrant types, here's my best advice:
If you want to come here, work hard, and try to provide for your family,
I'm not going to think less of you for wanting better. Shoot, I want to give my kids better!
But don't expect ME to finance YOU. I am a legal citizen of this country and I'm not financed.
If you want to have the right to vote and the rights of what we do have to offer for the less fortunate,
Do it the LEGAL WAY. Get a visa. Get here urgently. Work your buns off like my great-grands and grands did.
Speak English! Become an American.
And then, yes, some of the more fortunate do pay taxes for programs for those less fortunate
It's our duty as a CITIZEN. You aren't a citizen.
To my mind, anything a person earns, they should keep...all of it.
And then, as moral people of conscience, WE should invest for our own futures, and WE should voluntarily be people of charity.
Ideally someone who is wealthy is a steward of their finances and generous and kind--but it is theirs. They got it or earned it or received it in some way or another (maybe through the extremely hard work of a relative) so it's theirs to do with as they please. If you don't like it, YOU give YOUR OWN money away!
Hey, it's not like I can go to Germany (land of my heritage), not be a citizen there, and expect them to provide me (a non-citizen) food stamps, housing, healthcare, or a college degree! Why would anyone expect that here? Why is this even a debate?