Illegal Immigration And Its Hidden Impact Essay

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Illegal Immigration and its Hidden Impact

A couple of years ago I was helping a fellow Boy Scout who was working on completing his Eagle Scout project. We were helping the United Methodist Church expand its food bank to meet the area 's growing needs. It is one of the only food banks that covers the Buda and Kyle Area. While volunteering at this Eagle Scout project, I started talking to a thirteen-year-old African American boy named Reginald Johnson who came to the food bank with his family. In visiting with Reggie, I learned that his family was having a hard time and was now practically homeless. They had come to the food bank that day to help feed their family of six because his father 's unemployment check was not enough for them to make it. Reggie 's dad had been working for the last fifteen years pouring foundations for new homes and was doing well up until recently. Reggie’s father 's company called a meeting a couple of months ago and told them that they were going to need to lay off over fifty percent of the entire company. This layoff was because they were having trouble acquiring new contracts because most of the other companies were using illegal immigrants for their workers and could drastically underbid the jobs. Like most American families, the Johnsons were severely in debt and could no longer make their payments and things were going south in a hurry. They were living from payday to payday, unable to build any savings to speak of. The sudden loss or…

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