Between the oil spill, the failing kingdom of Obama and immigration rage – I am overwhelmed with the news.
This morning I read an article about Fremont, Nebraska. The town wants to put laws into action that would require residents to file permits in order to rent and ban hiring illegal immigrants. ( http://drudge.tw/bhKUN0)
The town has seen a large influx of Hispanics due to factory jobs in the area and residents are ticked the jobs are going to Hispanics. The town’s unemployment rate is at 4.9 percent compared to the national average of 9.7 percent, and their population sits at 25,000. Around 2,000 are Hispanic.
If the unemployment rate is so low what jobs are being taken? And would Americans take the jobs that the Hispanics hold?
Throughout the recession I have heard people complain about not being able to find a job when there are plenty of jobs available-just not the ones they want. Minimum wage and restaurant jobs are plentiful, but Americans seem to be too good for them.
I recently had to acquire a second job and was impressed with the amount of positions open in restaurants and retail. If someone really needs a job then they should be willing to work wherever they can until they can find what they are looking for.
When I read or hear that “Hispanics are taking all the jobs” it is irritating to me because they mostly fill the positions that Americans don’t want. What company or corporation is going to invest in an undocumented worker? I definitely believe that Americans should hire Americans first, but if they need help and there isn’t any, they have to hire what is available.
Another argument from the town is that Hispanics are sending all of their money back home and not investing in the community. This holds no conviction because many reports have been released showing that Hispanics are actually helping our economy more than Americans right now. Hispanics do not save money the way Americans do and while they are sending money home it isn’t enough to actually make a difference.
If the town intends on passing these laws, they will need stronger arguments to back themselves up.
“A Home on the Field” by Paul Cuadros chronicles the issues that arose in a small N.C. town when a large amount of Hispanics moved in for the factory positions. (http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1364206,00.html) Cuadros uses a solid mix of story and statistics to illustrate the reasoning behind the influx. He actually moved to the community and became heavily involved in order to write the book.
Immigration needs to be dealt with immediately by the federal government. I firmly agree that immigrants should follow the law and that they have broken several by coming to the U.S., but these small enforcements are getting out of control quick.