Last month Mexican President Vicente Fox made the statement that illegal immigrants “are doing jobs that not even blacks want to do there in the United States.” But a recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center proves that this is not the case.
According to the San Jose Mercury News:
Only 3 percent of the undocumented immigrants work in agriculture. The greatest numbers, 33 percent, work in the service industry.
The rest work in construction, production, installation and repair, sales and administration, transportation and material moving, and management and business.
This dispels the myth that these illegals are simply migrant farm workers, taking jobs that no one else wants. So this is not a question of trying to get Blacks to pick grapes, lettuce or (dare I say it) cotton. We are talking about jobs as maids, welders, carpenters, drivers mechanics, etc.
For Arnoldo Garcia, senior program associate for the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Oakland, the Pew report “proves in a non-political way that undocumented immigrants are fulfilling the needs of the economy.”
How are they fulfilling the needs of the economy? By keeping wages artificially low. Why would a hotel hire a legal citizen as a maid for $10 an hour when he can get and illegal immigrant for $5? It is simple supply and demand. When you increase supply and demand stays the same, prices go down. And Mexico is flooding the market.
In reporting on the same study The LA Daily News points out:
One in every 11 people born in Mexico and still alive is a U.S. resident, and about half of these immigrants crossed the border illegally, according to a comprehensive report released Tuesday. In the Pew Hispanic Center study of immigration trends, analysts estimated that in March 2004 about 10.3 million immigrants from around the world were living in the United States without legal documents to be here — some 24 percent of them in California. About 10.6 million people born in Mexico live in the U.S. — about 5.9 million of them illegally.
And many of these are not uneducated, unskilled workers taking menial labor jobs.
One quarter of the country’s 10.3 million illegal immigrants have some college education…
So let’s stop pretending that illegal immigrants are only taking the undesirable jobs. They are taking jobs that many Americans, especially unemployed Blacks would love to have.
Eat your words Vicente!
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