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Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Column:
More Cape Cod Clamoring For Cheap Labor
have spent time on the Cape
every summer for the past thirty years, thanks to
the graciousness of an old school chum.
changed in that scenario.
is droll, though, to see that because of Kennedy`s
concern for his own clan`s well-being, the alien help he
allows in comes, not from
or Cambodia, but from
Czech Republic, or
Bulgaria—the most recent source of cheap
Interestingly, McCarthy`s letter arrived at the same
time as a news item saying that for the second year in a
row, the Cape would have fewer foreign-born H-2B visa
Loses Foreign Workers for Second Year, by Sarah
Shemkus, Cape Cod Times, January 8, 2009]
The story`s most interesting part is that employers said
that now that they are more experienced (from last year)
in staffing without non-immigrant visa labor, they are
better prepared to cope this year.
Reading between the lines, without foreign-born workers,
hotels and restaurants hired more Americans and summer
2008 went off without a glitch.
Simply put: if foreign-born workers aren`t around to be
hired, the leisure industry is forced to look elsewhere.