Real World Proof That Illegal Immigrants Depress Wages For American Workers
Do illegal immigrants depress wages for American workers? You better believe it. Just in case you need convincing, here’s a little proof.
“Since the mid-1990s, Stillmore has grown dependent on the paychecks of Mexican workers who originally came for seasonal farm labor, picking the area’s famous Vidalia onions. Many then took year-round jobs at the Crider plant, with a workforce of about 900.
Crider President David Purtle said the agents began inspecting the company’s employment records in May. They found 700 suspected illegal immigrants, and supervisors handed out letters over the summer ordering them to prove they came to the U.S. legally or be fired. Only about 100 kept their jobs.
…The poultry plant has limped along with half its normal workforce. Crider increased its starting wages by $1 an hour to help recruit new workers.
Stacie Bell, 23, started work canning chicken at Crider a week ago. She said the pay, $7.75 an hour, led her to leave her $5.60-an-hour job as a Wal-Mart cashier in nearby Statesboro.”
I guess those $6.75 hour jobs picking onions were one of the, “jobs Americans won’t do,” until, shabizz shabam, they raised the pay by a dollar an hour and what do you know, here comes Stacie Bell and other people like her to work.
What does that tell you? That there is no such thing as a, “job Americans won’t do.” There are only jobs Americans won’t do because illegal aliens have depressed the wages so much that Americans don’t think it’s worth their time to do the job.
Hat tip to Polipundit for the story.