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Old May 21st, 2006, 09:14 PM   #8
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If I hear the whole "they do jobs Americans don't want or won't do" rationalization again, I'm going to scream.

For example, non-Mexicans are being run out of the U>S. meat packing business. Across much of the U.S. meat-packing is a spanish-speaking job. There were ads a few months ago in the Toledo paper calling for management and supervision for a newly-constructed meat processing plant in central OH. The job requirements included "ability to read, write, and speak fluent, unaccented spanish". WTF? this is OHIO people... See the nugget below:

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"The meat packers are confirming what we know," says University of Maryland economics professor Peter Morici, "and that is that this large group of illegal aliens in the United States is lowering the wage rate of semiskilled workers, people who are high school dropouts or high school graduates with minimal training."

In fact, a meat-packing job paid $19 an hour in 1980, but today that same job pays closer to $9 an hour, according to the Labor Department. That's entirely consistent with what we've been reporting -- that illegal aliens depress wages for U.S. workers by as much as $200 billion a year in addition to placing a tremendous burden on hospitals, schools and other social services.
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