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SujiwanKenobee Donating Member (208 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 02:04 PM
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Is it exploitation if illegal immigrants make more in the US than in Mex?
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On CNN there was a group of women loosely associated with the "Minutemen" group who stake out areas in their communities where Hispanics hang out in groups waiting for potential work. They target those businesses doing the hiring and take down license plates of those company reps coming to hire at those locations. This group also informs the IRS of the activity of said companies. Their message: Enforcement of the laws already on the books.

Second point they made was that they were against the exploitation of those workers by the businesses doing the hiring. The CNN host framed a question like: So, you're basically on the side of these parking lot job seekers to protect them... A moment of discomfort followed with complaints about the effects on their individual communities (drugs, crime, schools getting failing grades, etc. etc.)

Isn't it more true that the people who claim that they are against illegal immigration because "illegals are being exploited" are primarily American citizens and *not* the illegals themselves? In their opinion, are they doing better in these low wage jobs than they were on the other side of the border? Are they happy to get these opportunities? If they were unhappy, wouldn't word spread so no one would continually be coming over the border to the US for jobs?

I was thinking of CHina with the mass exodus from the countryside to the cities to work in the factories. Now there are so many other opportunities available that the Chinese companies are having to change their more inhumane practices to keep workers, who are otherwise refusing to leave the hinterlands for the city or just going elsewhere to work.

It seems that there are now many other opportunities in the US available to our south of the border neighbors OTHER than picking vegetables and fruits or doing lawn work. For every person who comes in to work in the grunge jobs, there are other types of jobs opening to take them out of the "field" and up bit by bit. Then there's suddenly a new vacancy in the grunge work and hey! businesses are screaming that they have to have more immigrants!

My point is that wouldn't it be more accurate to say that Americans want businesses to choose from the legal citizen employee pool at wages more in line with what the lowest paid of American workers can live on? Not any true concern about "exploitation"?

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