Re: A Personal Perspective on Illegal Imigration
Pisc, your tale is very familiar to me. In the last 4 years, I've had the following work done on my home: complete interior and exterior painting, remodeling of several rooms, involving some structural work and quite a bit of drywall hanging, replacement of lots of windows, re-roofing, and tuckpointing of a large chimney.
All the contractors were local businessmen and all the labor was performed by Spanish speaking men. I'm located in a farming community 60 miles south of Chicago, where in a town of 60,000, we have 7 Mexican restaurants and 5 Mexican grocery stores. Now, first of all, this is not an anti-immigration rant- I had no complaints about the work done, (except that none of the many workers swarming around my home could speak to me in English.)
One of the contractors admitted that he had no idea which of his laborers was working here legally, and he didn't much care- he claimed to be working on a thin margin and there weren't enough skilled workers around the area anyway. That's just a snapshot of the situation in north central Illinois, so make of it what you will. I have no recommendations, only more questions, so I'm paying close attention to the debate. In the meantime, I'm delighted to have absolutely wonderful Mexican and tex/mex cousine close by.