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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Serious inquiries only please.