Originally Posted by 2dogmom
IMy family came here legally, learned the language and worked hard.
My grandparents came here legally too, when California had a guest worker program. After the influx of other readily available, cheap labor in the form of Dust Bowl survivors and other persons moving to CA , some to escape the pressures of racism, the guest worker programs were stopped.
As for the cheap Mexican industries, yes the macquilas did take over much of the work done in the Mid-West and deep South, however, those Mexican jobs have now been sent overseas (esp. China, where workers and the environment are severely exploited). As these jobs stopped, the Mexicans have become desperate to survive.
And did you ever stop to think why so many compasinos work up here now, instead of working their own land? Do some investigation into why the Colorado River is now merely a toxic sludge on the other side of the border.
Yes, we are taking advantage of people when we object to higher prices in the grocery store, when we started buying non-union-made clothes (remember the jingle "Look for the union label"?). I, for one, do my best to shop at an alternative to Wal-Mart, but I am indeed guilty of shopping there sometimes; of buying non-union-made clothes. I do refuse to buy chicken produced outside of California, and also tomatoes and oranges, as the other states do not have the same bans on certain pesticides, hormones, etc. (2 of my daughter's neurologists have told me to avoid chicken raised with growth hormones because of the transfer affects on the human nervous system).
If our lifestyle is so good, it is often that we have stepped up on the backs of others. During WWII, the Japanese that were interned in camps lost farm land that they had bought cheaply and slaved to make productive; the banks took over the land by buying it at atrociously cheap rates, and then sold to white farmers. My dad's grandfather, having been in California since Spain owned it, was in the unusual (at that time) position of being able to purchase the farm next door (their neighbors were Nippon/Nissan) but the bank wouldn't sell to him because he was "Mexican". My dad's other grandparents were "moved" from the land allowed to their tribe via treaty, in northeast San Diego county to Arizona.
Has anyone ever considered the enslavement of Haitians and other Carribean peoples who are working the sugar plantations in Florida?? You can find some rare info. on FreeSpeech TV (www.FSTV.org
) which is really eye-opening! It makes me tend to buy raw sugar from Hawaii whenever possible.
I remember some years ago, when California was having problems with Americans from other states moving here, to be on a much more generous welfare system. Yes, those immigrants from the other states used California's assets, but they and their offspring used the state's advantages at better employment and education to improve their status, and they became wage-earners who put back into the system. Now, the studies are showing that Mexican immigrants and Asian immigrants (esp. Asian immigrants, who typically displace skilled workers) are doing the same.
It is typical during immigration waves for the current population to feel resentment. It happened in the 1800s, the 1900s, and it happens now. But when it's over and done, seems to me like America just gets stronger and better.