The piece, entitled "Throwaway Workers," focuses on the lives of illegal workers who have been injured or killed on the job and how they are now victimized by a system that "keeps them in the shadows" and doesn't help them get the money, benefits and compensation that they, somehow, seem to deserve.
|But beyond that debate lies an undeniable fact: They [illegals] face disproportionate dangers on the job.|
For most Americans, the workplace is a much safer place than a decade ago. This is not the case for many Latinos, who remain trapped in an earlier, more brutal era of industrialization. They lead throwaway lives and their plight is nearly invisible because so many live in the shadows.
Over the last decade Latino workers' fatality rates have soared, outstripping their share of the workforce. With more Latinos on the job, many suffer a hefty dose of injuries from some of the most dangerous jobs, according to government statistics and interviews with union, workplace safety and public health experts, as well as workers.
They are vulnerable because many are immigrants who are illiterate in English, have little understanding of American culture and are grateful for any job, no matter how dangerous. And because many are undocumented immigrants, afraid of being deported, they often don't ask questions and don't challenge the boss.
Stephen Franklin and Darnell Little, authors of this story, have mined a rich vein of public guilt and liberal hypocrisy in order to sell more copies of their rag. Tapping into the most vulgar lies and distortions about illegals, it is a fluff piece designed for the liberal BMW/Starbucks set who live on the Gold Coast.
No one with direct, first-hand experience in dealing with non-english speaking illegals Mexican immigrants can take this story seriously.
First, the authors paint a picture of illegal immigrants as fearful victims who, one imagines, scurry around just going from their job to home - ducking quickly into their homes each night and pray to the virgin for having evaded La Migra (The INS) one more day.
The truth is that these people have a massive political and legal phalanx working on their behalf. Here is the short list of national organizations determined to fight for illegal immigrants' rights while undermining your own:
American Civil Liberties Union, American Friends Service Committee, American Immigration Lawyer's Association, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Church World Service Immigrant and Refugee Program, Equal Rights Advocates, Forced Migration Project of the Open Forum, International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship,International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, ILW, LatinoLink, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Micasa-Sucasa, National Clearinghouse on Agricultural Guestworker Issues, National Council of La Raza, National Immigration Forum, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers' Guild, The Urban Institute and many others are hard at work representing immigrant groups.
They have succeeded in one very major area in regards to immigration : the push to show that the US Constitution protects illegal immigrants. The current liberal drivel in the news media is that illegal immigrants have rights - not just constitutional rights but human rights. They have succeeded in convincing the average American citizen that they are doing jobs that "Americans won't otherwise do" - dirty, terrible jobs like painting, drywalling, plumbing, electrical, masonry, and construction. Terrible and dirty jobs that pay $20 to $40 per hour. And even better, since they're illegal, they have false social security numbers so that they can earn the money then don't have to pay Federal taxes - some other schmuck does! It is beautiful! In effect they earn 15-20% MORE since they don't pay taxes on the money they earn.
Since 1990, the State of Tennessee alone has seen their immigrant population skyrocket 278%. This is due, partly, to a 2001 law which granted drivers licenses to illegals. Let's hope they know enough English to read a street sign.
So the liberal media and their lapdogs have done you and all of us a great disservice - they've made up excuses for illegal immigrants. The excuses, the Lies are legion: they are poor, they are uneducated, they do the jobs we won't do (ie. they have to come here because we have to have them), they work hard, they share our values, they just want to feed their families, they should be given drivers licenses, they just want an opportunity ... blah...blah...blah..
They are here to make money. Period.
For the first quarter of 2006, Mexicans in the US sent $4 billion US dollars to the Central Bank in Mexico. Illegals are buying homes, cars, sending their children to public schools, teaching them Mexican history, the Spanish language and having babies. Although not all, it seems that most don't want to assimilate - they want to maintain a secluded and insular enclave of Mexican culture. They make their money, send it home, buy ranchos in Mexico and plan on going back - as soon as they have enough money in the bank. And there are significant costs to illegal immigration. The Center for Immigration Studies says that The National Research Council has estimated that the net fiscal cost of immigration ranges from $11 billion to $22 billion per year. The net deficit is caused by a low level of tax payments by immigrants, because they are disproportionately low-skilled and thus earn low wages, and a higher rate of consumption of government services, both because of their relative poverty and their higher fertility.
How many of these immigrants celebrate US history? How many immigrant homes proudly display the flag?
Sadly, very few. You can see where their priorities are on September 15th and May 5th. They drive around honking their horns, flying the Mexican flag and clogging traffic. Where are they on July 4th? They're sitting behind the 8 foot steel fences which encircle their homes, drinking Corona beer and cooking arrachera on the grill. Drive down a predominantly hispanic neighborhood and instead of a beautiful tree-lined street, all you'll see are fences in front of every house. You'll also a large amount of trash strewn on people's lawns.
This cover story in the Tribune is an outrage because, although I'm sure the people they interviewed were genuinely hurt while working, they shouldn't be here in the first place! How come that little tidbit gets overlooked?!?!!?!? The paleolithic press overlooks much when it comes to illegal immigration. If you don't support illegal immigration, the MSM has some wonderfully descriptive adjectives for someone like you: nativist, racist, bigot, conservative, Klansman, neanderthal and protectionist.
If you're a civilian, I suggest you take a couple hours out during a weekday and drive down to 26th and California. Go to room 110, felony traffic court, and take a look at who are filling up the rogues' gallery day after day -- illegal immigrants. That is just the tip of the iceberg.
What we're seeing is a national wave of Stockholm Syndrome. We've been kidnapped by the illegal immigration lobby and have fallen for the mantras that they spew. We are now openly sympathizing with them and have bent over backwards to accomodate their agendas. The 3 headed hydra of multiculturalism, diversity and political correctness have been hard at work for the last 40 years, instilling guilt and etching away at the foundations of our culture. In Melanie Philips' ground breaking book Londonistan she writes provocatively of how England has been "sleepwalking" through their immigration issues, pandering to Muslim special interest groups, kowtowing to Political Correctness, dismantling the police departments and generally, aggressively appeasing the immigrants to her shores.
The result? A country that is losing its identity, culture and boundaries. A country that is seeing its crime rates climb. A country that is paying more and more benefits and entitlements (welfare) to the very immigrants who bomb and murder in the name of Islam. The creeps on the liberal left started with Christianity. Ms. Phillips writes:
|At the heart of this unpicking of national identity lies a repudiation of Christianity, the founding faith of the nation and the fundamental source of its values, including its sturdy individualism and profound love of liberty. |
The majority of Britons still profess to be Christian. Protestantism is the established faith through the Church of England, British institutions are suffused with it and British public life is punctuated and defined by Christian language, symbols and traditions.
What has that appeasement attitude produced? Just more illegal immigration from Mexico.
I wish we could "throwaway" more of these workers -- back into their corrupt, crime ridden wasteland of socialist malaise known as Mexico!