Finger Lakes farms need migrant workers

In answer to allegations that “illegal” immigrants are draining our welfare system, we want to point out that they cannot and do not apply for our social services. You must be a U.S. citizen or at least a permanent legal resident in order to qualify.

Mexicans, specifically, do not understand the concept of having the government support them. They come here to WORK, and they work very hard for very little money. Taxes and social security are deducted from their paychecks. Undocumented immigrants do not dare to file for a tax refund, nor will they ever collect Social Security, yet they are paying into both the tax base and a retirement system from which they will never benefit. Therefore, it is only fair that their children should have just as much opportunity for public education as any other taxpayer’s child because undocumented immigrants pay the same taxes as citizens.

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