Community Commentary: May 1, 2009

If you are one of the people who said that most people would not work the jobs that the illegals are working, then you, miss or mister are so wrong. I am an American. Born and raised in Southern California. As I write this, I am out of work now for one year. At first, I thought to myself, no problem. I have never had a hard time finding a job. But as the economy grew more frightening, so did my hopes in finding work. I have applied everywhere from Wal-Mart to fast food restaurants to no avail. Granted, I am old. An aging 51-year-old grandma who has been in the work force since the age of 12 and has never called in sick a day in her life, yet … I cannot even get a second interview. I will work for minimum wage. I will work any hours, any days, any job. So for all you illegals out there and the people who support you here in the states, I say “I’ll take that job.”
I have gone through all of my savings. Unemployment has run out. I am about to sell my car, the only asset I have left, just to bide myself more time before I become evicted. At my age, yes, I should have acquired more throughout my lifetime. But I haven’t. I have squandered money and made a lot of bad choices but that does not make me a bad person. I still deserve to have a roof over my head and food on the table and money to feed my animals. Forget about health care, that is so out of my ball park.
I am content with a simple life — the bare essentials are fine. In this past year I have learned how to live without and I am fine. My animals don’t need much, they are fine. But it would be nice if I could “splurge” and cook a nice Sunday brunch or dinner for my children when they come to visit. Or at least be able to offer them a soda without them knowing they are taking my last one. Their world is no better than mine. If it were, they would help me.
I suppose this is how a lot of the illegals felt when they came over here to work. They just wanted to put food on the table for their families. And although I understand their plea, I ask them and their employers to understand mine and others like me. Perhaps it is time now to give our country back to us — the Americans who were born here and were given a legal right to be here and work here. We deserve it. At least, I know I do.

Allison Johnson is an Oceanside resident who will work for minimum wage, all she needs is a job. E-mail her at Serious inquiries only please.


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