Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Illegal Immigrants Working- friend or foe

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Everybody knows about the debate about illegal immigration. How dare those minority workers come to our country, the land of opportunity, and take jobs from law-abiding hard working Americans.

But wait! Americans dont want these jobs! The obvious solution is to fire all the illegal immigrants and replace them with…robots. Seriously though, there are lots of jobs that Americans find too demeaning and refuse to perform. An excellent example of this is the American Apparel sewing factory in Los Angeles. 1,800 immigrant workers with inconsistent documentation are to be fired after the government put pressure on the management of the company. There are some stereotypes associated with the textiles production industry and sweatshops, but none of them applied in this case. The shop was clean, only accepted applicants with documentation, and paid all of its workers over the table, with full taxes being taken out. Many of the workers who are being let go have been there ten years or more, and had moved up to management positions. So they live here, speak english, have learned valuable skills, pay taxes, and in general are fully contributing members of society. Why then, must they be forced out of their jobs and into a sweatshop where their skills will be negated and their salary paid under the table?

The argument is simple. They are here illegally. While I agree that some sort of barrier needs to be drawn so that people cannot come and go indiscriminately this seems to me to be a case where they should be left alone. At a time when we are seriously worried about joblessness, we are kicking skilled workers out of their jobs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/us/30factory.html?pagewanted=1&bl

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Written by ahartzog

October 3, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. The topic of illegal immigration is very sensitive. It is hard because I grew up around illegal immigrants that were just trying to make a better life for their children. To hear that they must lose their jobs is sad, but the United States isn’t the rich country that it once was. Now we have to look out for the citizens, because we need jobs as well. We need to swallow our pride and work those jobs to take care of our families, just as the immigrants do for theirs.

    Antoinette Lester

    October 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm


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