Undocumented citizens are a vital and integral part of the workforce. They work the jobs most U.S. citizens wouldn’t even think of working and, more to the point, they work jobs that employers wouldn’t hire a U.S. citizen to do in order to pad the bottom line, in some cases just to make a living.
This chart shows that undocumented citizens dominate the service, construction and farming industries. Let’s take each service one by one.
The service industry or the tertiary sector of industry is made up of waitresses and waiters, housekeepers, home health care workers, bartenders and we’ll add manufacturing jobs (since it isn’t added in the above chart) in the chicken factories and the like. Undocumented workers make up 33% while U.S. born workers make up 17% and I’m guessing that other 50% ran when you tried to ask them so, most likely, part of the undocumented crowd. These workers make less money then their U.S. counterparts, generally, and most likely do not have health care benefits, definitely do not have any safety nets like social security or maternity leave and will never see a pension. There is no 401K program for them or any ability to start an IRA. They sacrifice to keep our luxuries cheap. Salads are only $6 because of them and that’s a substantial mark up. Hotel stays are affordable because they are the people that mop the floors, clean the rooms and keep your boilers working but you never see them. And when you do, you throw a temper tantrum, i.e. the lawyer from NYC that famously went instagram special at a restaurant for yelling about the illegal workers in the kitchen and wanted them thrown out of the country because of their lack of loquaciousness but first he wanted the food he ordered.
Thinking about it, that paragraph pretty much takes all the industries they work in into consideration. Undocumented workers do the hard labor and menial jobs that need to be done but no one else wants to. This is the trade off for not having proper paperwork. They have to take the jobs no one else wants, get paid less than minimum wage, not ever get sick and make due to pay for themselves here and their families abroad. It’s a tough ask. Then you have political pundits that want them gone… at least until dinner time at their favorite restaurants or when the hotels they own need cleaning, then they can return, but right after they must get out, until tomorrow.
The reality is they don’t want them gone, they just want to have something to bitc….. gripe about. Their faux angst about people crossing illegally is just that.. faux, I’m pretty sure that means fake. They know exactly where these people are but they made laws that doesn’t allow for them to be caught. They drafted laws to give all service industry employers time to make sure that these people aren’t caught. Any raids into a business has to be given by written notice, one week in advance, in writing, I might have mentioned that already, with the exact time and place they are going to show up.
So the catch 22 isn’t any of what I just mentioned, even though very awful, it’s that these people, in particular the women and children are the most abused, I mean raped and molested and kidnapped, people in our country. That is a true fact. The problem is that they have no legal recourse and sometime the perpetrators are the ones that are suppose to do the investigating. The courts will not entertain any motion for relief and, more to the point the non citizen citizens are too scared to request help. As you see, even women that are here legally sometimes find it difficult to speak up, imagine being a non citizen citizen and your tormentor happens to be someone with some authority. I speak through personal experiences, having been in the Federal system for twenty years. I can absolutely tell you that their lives can be a nightmare that they can’t do anything about.
This is also why Hispanic COVID deaths are so high. They have to share a one bedroom apartment and they all have to go to work. They don’t have the option to stay at home and call in sick. They can’t receive unemployment benefits. They have no choice and you still treat them like bastard children from an unwanted pregnancy that your girlfriend had while your wife was at home taking care of the children you already ignore as you force these women to have sex with you and show their kids child porn. Well that was a mouthful. All this is easily preventable if you had the ability to empathize. You don’t have to love them, you just have to treat them like human beings. You know karma is a bitch and one day she will rear her beautiful head and you’ll start understanding.
If you are going to exploit them as cheap labor, you can at least give them the full protection of the law, but seemingly they get exploited and they get screwed, better yet are forced to get fucked.
It’s not slavery but it’s not not slavery either, it’s inhumane.
This is a 5 Terrorist 5 Kilos excerpt