Stan’s family never took welfare

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President Obama and candidate Hillary Clinton tell us that a couple of hundred thousand more immigrants will not make a difference here in the population of the United States.

I’m getting tired of all my friends on the left (Yes! I do have friends on the left) telling me that these immigrants are no different than my mother was when she came to America.

No, no, no — that’s B.S.! The first stop mom’s ship made was at Ellis Island where her papers and her health were carefully scrutinized. She was checked for everything from hair lice to diseases before she was permitted to enter the United States.

She also required a sponsor. My mother was very young, and she was subsidized by her older brother who was already here. He had a place for her to live and a job. Every day she went to school to learn many things, including how to speak English, a little bit about politics such as the names of the first and the current presidents, and, of course, our currency.

In the afternoon, when the school day was over, she went to work in her brother’s kosher butcher shop. There she worked as a chicken flicker, one whose expertise is the removal of the feathers from the bird. The few dollars a week she earned went toward her clothing and her personal necessities. Her brother took care of her food and other living expenses and she swore to me that she never held her hand out to freeload from the government as so many do today.

So you see, my friends. She was not the same as the immigrants of today. Please stop saying that she was.

• • •

Look up Frontier Airlines and you’ll find that everybody has a complaint, a gripe, a major criticism, and a darn good reason to “never fly with them again” — be it lost or torn luggage, schedule changes, or a litany of other complaints.

My son and I were in Atlanta on business last week, and after a very quick search, we found that not only did Frontier have the perfect time for us to leave by several hours — even if it was late, we would still be in time for our next destination, Miami, at least two hours earlier than the other airlines advertised for a non-stop flight.

Besides that, the cost of the flight was beaucoup bucks cheaper than all of the competition. Okay. We had only light carry-ons and no luggage so, “Let’s take a chance.” We did book the flight on Frontier, flew on a brand-new airplane, saved a lot of money, and were in Miami before the other airlines were revving up to take off. The only downside was that, to make up for the cheaper tickets, Frontier gives you nothing free while on board.

How many of you remember the no-frills flights on Eastern Airlines many years ago. This is worse than that. Not even a free Coke. A can of Coke or a bottle of water — $2. A cup of coffee and a small snack — $4.50. Teensy, tiny 99-cents can of Pringles — $3.

I am StanGershbein@Bellsouth.net holding a Frontier Sky Bar Menu — e-mail me if you want to know what the other nosh sells for.

Read Stan Gershbein's column every Monday on BrooklynDaily.com.

Updated 12:48 am, October 3, 2016
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Miriam Heisler from Midwood says:
In response to Stan's column you would have to work very hard to find any of today's immigrants on welfare. I have Russian, Mexican and Chinese neighbors who are recent immigrants and none of them are on welfare or any other assistance. In fact, in Chinese culture it is considered almost a crime to take any government help. Hispanics feel the same way. They work just as hard as his mother did when they came to this country. Stan, please visit these communities and speak to these people. You will find out I am correct.
Oct. 6, 2016, 8:24 am
Irma S. from Sheepshead Bay says:
Dear Miriam....Do some googling and you will find that
legal immigrant households make extensive use of welfare, while illegal immigrant households primarily benefit from food programs and Medicaid through U.S.-born children.
According to the report, provided in advance to Secrets, "Households headed by legal immigrants have statistically significant higher use of welfare than native households overall, and for cash and food programs as well as Medicaid. This is the case a decade and a half after the 1996 welfare reform law, which was supposed to greatly limit immigrant access to the welfare system."
It added: "If one assumes that legal immigration is supposed to benefit the country, then immigrants allowed into the country should have much lower rates of welfare use than natives. However, our best estimate is that nearly half (49 percent) of households headed by legal immigrants used at least one welfare program in 2012."
Oct. 6, 2016, 9:15 am
Miriam Heisler from Midwood says:
Irma, If you continue googling you will find that this report was published by the most virulent anti-immigrant group in this country and has been fully discredited by the facts and verifiable statistics. You can do your own informal study by looking at your immigrant neighbors in Sheepshead Bay. Start on Avenue U and vicinity with the Asian community. Except for many a few elderly residents none are on any government assistance. In fact, they will find the idea insulting.
Oct. 6, 2016, 9:59 am
Miriam Heisler from Midwood says:
In my post above I meant to say " Except for maybe a few elderly residents none are on any government assistance".
Oct. 6, 2016, 11:04 am
Thomas from Brooklyn says:
I have been a resident of Brookyn all my life. You, Miriam, reside in a beautiful community. Take a trip over to East New York or Brownsville and you will see how wrong you are. Those two communities along with several others are loaded with freeloaders and who supports them? You and me. You keep writing and we will keep laughing at you.
Oct. 6, 2016, 11:59 am
Miram Heisler from Midwood says:
Thomas, most of the residents of East New York and Brownsville are native born, not immigrants. What you imply has truth, the overwhelming number of people in this country and specifically in NYC who are on government assistance were born here. It is immigrants who mostly shun such aid. They would rather work. I have two friends, second generation born here who are on every government aid program available and I have immigrant neighbors all working - some with two jobs. Also, you can have a discussion without laughing at anybody. That is quite rude.
Oct. 6, 2016, 1:08 pm

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