Friday, December 10, 2010
(19th century immigrants to the United States)
Anonymous Comment to New York Times series on Immigration Laws:
December 9th, 2010 4:25 pm
While some may wish to lay the blame on this issue at the feet, or rather the backs, of these workers and their families, there is no doubt that these people were invited to come here and to work on our behalf. America's Agribusiness could not function without and it is this industry that recruits these workers, transported them to states like North Carolina for cheap disposable labor.
You cannot have the abundance of food and services as you do in America without this exploited system of labor. The American Consumer is on the hook as well. Many Americans blithely purchase items without knowing or wanting to know who brings them.
It is Christmas time. Do you know who cut and trimmed those Christmas trees? In North Carolina, the 2nd leading state in trees, we know it is mostly Mexican workers.
Nativists like to use their talking about a house broken into, but this metaphor doesn't hold true. It is more akin to the owner of the house putting up a sign for work and then letting in the worker into his back door and then eventually kicking the worker out when it comes convenient.
That is the system we have today. It is simply unjust and should not be balanced on the backs of the most poor, the least educated, and least powerful but rather be squared at the boardrooms of companies like Tyson Foods, in the halls of Congress and at the tables of the American Consumer who benefits and profits from cheap goods and services that are in essence ill gotten.