A New Jersey Reader Calls An Alabama Teacher A "Sad Sack"; Joe Guzzardi Defends Him
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From:  John D'aquisto (e-mail him)

Re: Today's Letter: An Alabama Teacher Says His Illegal Alien Students Are Better Off Financially Than He Is

If letter writer Carl Carlton can't compete with economically with illegal alien Mexicans and Guatemalans, he's a sorry piece of work.

Carlton has a social security card, the legal right to work and a driver's license. The aliens have none of those—or at least they shouldn't.

And this sorry, sad sack can't compete? God forbid Carlton ever teaches my kids.

Joe Guzzardi comments: I understand D'aquisto's point. But having worked for two decades in the California public school system, I also understand Carlton's frustration.

Most of the immigrant families I dealt with, both legal and illegal, were on some type of subsidy: food stamps, Supplement Security Income and housing allowances. Many of them also worked off the books, freeing up cash to buy late model cars.

On the other hand, the state and federal income tax Carlton pays on his earnings means he has to get by on his net salary.

Depending on Carlton's seniority, he may gross as little as $31,000. Alabama ranks 43rd nationwide in teacher wages.

The immigrants live off taxpayer funds.

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