Most days, Bernardo Antonio is out the door by 7 a.m., when he sends his children off to public school.

When he came to rural Duplin County, N.C., in the mid-’80s, he was one of the few Latinos there.

Now the local butcher tailors his cuts to Mexican tastes, which include cow tongue and chicken feet. And everywhere signs appear in Spanish.

The number of foreign-born immigrants has doubled, sometimes tripled, in the last 10 years in states far from the Mexican border.

Across North Carolina, schools must now hire Spanish-speaking teachers. Hospitals incur the cost of medical care for an increasing number of babies born to illegal immigrants.

These facts don’t sit well with some longtime residents. “They have moved into our county,” one said, “and it has caused a problem with schools and the people who have been here for years and paid taxes.”

Many of the jobs immigrants take are off the books. By one estimate, employers and illegal immigrants are shortchanging the federal government some $35 billion in unpaid income taxes.

According to one new study, each Latino resident costs North Carolina taxpayers $102.

Without someone like Antonio to do the dirty work, local business leaders say old railroad towns in the region wouldn’t survive.

Meanwhile...thousands upon thousands of convicts sit idle in our nations prison systems watching tv and lifting weights.

Pickin’ lettuce over here boss...

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