Re: Re: ¿Do you think the border wall between Mexico and USA is a solution?
Here is a link to a story from the New York Times run on 9/05/07:
I think this is a big part of our immigration problem. This particular farmer seems to tell it like it is. Americans don't want to do the jobs that illegal immigrants do. They (we, myself included) don't want to sweat out in a field for nine dollars an hour. An interesting question would be, would we do it for 14 dollars an hour? Thats around a 64% increase in rate of pay. Let's say bagged salads cost $2.50 for a 10-12 oz bag. Will we pay $4.10? Why not? Will we not have enough extra money to buy that new MP3 player? Will we have to settle for a Toyota instead of a Lexus? So our food costs more money, and we can't afford cable TV. Will we have to read more books? How terrible would that be? The problem is not the illegal immigrants, it's the growers who are more focused on the bottom line and less on the stake holders affected by agriculture. It's also the American consumer who wants to pay less for his or her food so they can spend more on entertainment and luxuries they don't really need. It's also the fault of the retail and service industry making life easier for illegal immigrants by forcing their customer service people to learn Spanish, or favoring hiring people who speak Spanish to better serve their Spanish speaking customers. So, I guess what I'm saying is, no, a wall is not a solution to this problem. It would be impossible to put a wall around every person in the United States that contibutes to the system that makes cheap immigrant labor a good idea.
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