by Linda Moore
I'm a yardsale fanatic. With the amount of money we earn in the Great State of Tennessee; yardsales are a necessity. Yardsales are a way to survive when the pay rate is very low. God Bless the folks who have a yardsale once a year. I start going to yardsales in April and wind to a grinding halt in October. In July, I noticed a new phenomena at yardsales. After going to yardsales for at least a decade in Cleveland, I noticed in July that now, at each yardsale I go to, are masses of immigrants. To be more specific, I've noticed in the past two months that at every yardsale I go to there are large amounts of Hispanic immigrants.
Of course, two years ago I noticed that in my neighborhood, (city district two and county district five), that I was gaining new neighbors who were Hispanic. In fact, the house next door to me are El Salvadorians. I have no clue as to how many people live in this home; only that there are many vehicles parked there. The 2nd city district is probably the poorest district in Cleveland. There are many slum lords that own houses in the district that they "rent" out. This summer has produced immigrants on every street that surrounds me. All of these Hispanic immigrants are not Mexican. Many of them are from El Salvador,. Guatemala, etc. They came from farther south of Mexico which means they past a few borders to get here.
DID Y'ALL KNOW...... that we have a Hispanic Club on 64 Highway just inside the city limits? We do. I suppose it will grow. It was in July when I noticed the massive amount of Hispanics frequenting yardsales. I mean that at 99% of yardsales I go to there are Hispanics there when I get to it. And in most cases several carloads.
To be clear, I have NO PROBLEM with legal immigrants. But I also know that the law of odds is that most of the Hispanics that I encounter are not legal. It's simply a fact and there is nothing racist about it. It's the way that it is. I also know that SOMEONE or COMPANIES located here in Cleveland are supplying jobs to these immigrants. I know that SOMEONE or several someones are supplying places to live to these immigrants. I also know from having spent years living in Dalton, GA and Phoenix, AZ, how cities and counties are effected when immigrants come to stay.
I would like to point out that we have no Vidalia onion fields in Cleveland, we have no California grapes, we have no Florida oranges, etc. What we do have is a lot of temporary labor for our blue collar workers. The majority of the immigrants are illegal with a $29.00 green card that they bought on the down-low. Do you think that they just "sneak" across the border and hope for a job? NO! Usually the job is waiting, along with the fake legal documents, via a family member. Anyway, when we supply the housing and jobs; we in essence ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET for massive influx of illegals.
I invite all of you to go to the County Health Department. Walk in the doors; look around the waiting area. What do you see? I invite all of you to drive the streets of the city second district, What do you see? I'll tell you what you're going to see. In the very near future you are going to see graffiti. In the very near future you are going to see massive tax increases in the county and the city. You are going to see a massive need for more schools and more teachers and you are going to see, MANDATORY SPANISH taught to all in our schools. You will see blue collar wages driven down even lower. You are going to see a population increase like you have never seen before. You are going to see gangs form, you are going to see Hispanic gang related murders. OH WAIT, We've already seen that part haven't we? The Illegal Immigrant murder from Bradley residents that occurred in Polk county.
Out of curiosity I put up a few polls on a local website. One poll asked which city council member might be renting to immigrants and another asked which city council member might be supplying jobs to Immigrants. Y'all would be amazed at what you can learn if you give every citizen the floor without fear of reprisal. George Poe won hands down the poll for renting to Immigrants. Mr. Poe emailed me and asked me to contact him. I did so and he was very cordial. He asked for me to meet him in the future. I invited him to the Republican Women's luncheon but he didn't come. Mr. Poe never said one word to me about whether he did or did not rent to immigrants. David May is currently leading the poll in, "Who is hiring immigrants." I DO NOT KNOW if David May is or isn't hiring immigrants. I do know that he does a lot of construction and according to the unofficial poll that he might be.
Dear George and David, are you renting to or hiring immigrants? Many of us that you represent would like to know? IF IF IF you are renting and hiring immigrants then you are inadvertently rolling out a red carpet for a profound illegal immigrant population for Bradley County and Cleveland City. IF you are doing either of these things I would admonish you both to, "consider the costs", of the probable outcome. Taxes will have to be raised to astronomical numbers. Spanish via Federal Mandate will have to be taught and translated in our local schools. Gang violence will rise and people will be murdered.
George and David, as leaders of the community and members of the city council, I'll tell you here and now that most citizens would like an ordinance passed to make it harder for ILLEGAL immigrants to be hired or housed. This has been done in countless cities throughout the USA and we would like to see it passed here. There is NOTHING wrong and EVERYTHING right with tougher checks for legal status. Just ask Mr. Bob Corker. Bob Corker got into serious trouble for the hiring of massive illegal immigrants. The Corker camp tells me this is why he is taking a hard-line approach to immigration.
Consider this ordinance gentleman; the citizens that you represent would appreciate it. In the mean time, we all want to know, are you or aren't you hiring and renting to immigrants.
Citizens, you are now witnessing what happened to Dalton Georgia. Due to the crack down of illegals in Georgia, I suggest that you all take a Spanish class. The illegals have to work and go some where. Why not Cleveland?