Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Piece Of The Pie

Lucy Ornelas writes in to the Laredo Times Editorial Page voicing her disapproval at how Mexican nationals come and lay claim to our jobs.  According to her, immigrants make up most of the workforce or hold the cards when they start a business.  Ladies and gentlemen, Lucy Ornelas:
Why shouldn't people from Mexico buy on the U.S. side?  They are the ones holding many of the jobs - legally or not.  Either that or their Mexican counterparts coming into the United States become prosperous, build a business and then hire their own Mexican families, brothers, sisters, their compadres and comadres and then whatever is left over is for U.S.-born citizens.
I guess what she's trying to convey is that we get the scraps. 

Ms. Ornelas, having worked 47 years in the import/export field, wants a job to keep herself busy.  Her father imparted this little nugget of advice:  "Use your mind don't let it rust."  But she's quickly finding out that employers are not quick to hire someone who is "hearing-impaired, old or inexperienced for some type of work."  Her frustration, however, seems a bit misguided.
Politicians are so naive that they say these prosperous Mexican people contribute to the economy.  By hiring their own?  Now legalized, maybe.  They don't hire someone with a hearing disability, but they hire Mexicans not knowing English.  That is a disability, so to speak.
Oh, and not only do the workers she mentions don't speak English, but they also don't come cheap as they work for upwards of $50 for the five hours they put in every day.  You're better off staying at home.  We stand no chance against this Spanish-speaking juggernaut of a workforce.

But even as Americans struggle to find work, there are some jobs that we will avoid at all costs.  Senate candidate Sharron Angle:
His small business was a motel And so we did those things as a kid growing up that Americans don't do.  We cleaned bathrooms and made beds and swept floors, did laundry, those kinds of things.
Stereotypes, racism, and bitterness aside Ms. Ornelas and Ms. Angle are citing a work ethic of their own that is valued so much in society.  Ms. Ornelas put in her many years contributing to society but now she has nothing but disdain for those who are trying to do the same.  The fact that they don't look like her or sound like her justifies, in her mind, her ill-conceived attitudes about those who come here to work.

Ms. Angle, on the other hand, props up her early work experience, but in the process derides just about everybody -- Americans, especially, for not wanting to get their hands dirty.
I'm not going to negate the fact that's it's tough for most people to find work nowadays.  We are facing competition on a global scale.  Our skills need to be up to par.  But if push comes to shove, some of us are not scared to pick up a broom or shovel to do what it takes to hold our own. 

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