5. I know that's an unpopular view you have...but, what you say
has merit, and I won't trash you for it.
Keeping "wages low" is important for the food business. Making a profit in restaurant business is hard and with the growth of "chain restaurants" it get's more important for them to get investors in their stock.
Both McClatchy and the NYT have done articles about how illegals, foreign visa workers (promised internships here in America and were almost imprisoned at Hershey Plant in PA and resort communities like Myrtle Beach and NC Coast ...and other areas) and construction companies that during the Housing Bubble brought in illegals to cut costs.
What if these Restaurant Chains and Construction Companies had made an effort to hire our own people? Surely the training differences wouldn't be more costly for "illegals" as opposed to unskilled Americans who could have been trained in these jobs?
I now live in a "Right to Work" state and have seen it all here in my boom area...during that time.
Illegals were given preference over trying to give jobs to local people. Most times because the illegals or Foreign Visa workers could be brought in "en masse" and controlled. Putting "Want Ads" or Monster.Com ads at that time would have meant too long a time wait and interview time to allow our population "existing" to have the ability to make arrangements to move to where jobs were...and other problems.
I can see where the Business community needed to "move fast" to take advantage of a "Boom" but the downsize is what we are living with now.
(I could make my points clearer...but, don't have time...and will probably be attacked)...but, I think you make an excellent point. And I have a relative who went the culinary route...(cooking the love of his life) and others who got degrees in Landscaping (Green Revolution dreams) and both are now in different paths in different jobs.........