Stephen Thomas (e-mail
unemployment climbs toward 10 percent, many
white-collar Americans may contemplate a “Plan B”
that includes dropping a few rungs on the ladder of
vocational expectations and taking a
"survival gig" to keep roof over head.
If they haven`t been paying
attention, they may be in for a disappointment.
Americans have for the past two
decades turned a blind eye toward the usurpation of
manual labor-type jobs by illegal aliens. Many
assumed we would never again need those jobs ourselves
and we could wash our hands of that type of work.
now permanently occupy that entire lower tier of
And they aren`t
going anywhere (if they can help it).
Americans historically tended to work
such jobs as stopgaps, then the job rolled over to the
next person in a jam. We called it “upward mobility.”
Mexicans, on the other hand, often
take menial jobs as the first step in their lifelong
careers. They don`t advance and basically
"squat" in the position.
Thus there is little turnover and
opportunities for Americans who have fallen on hard
times to avail themselves of safety-net employment.
And even when openings occur, small
business employment infrastructures—the hiring practices
and people doing the hiring—have become
Americans will discover that
Mexicans don`t look for or gain employment in the old
way we used to—the jobs aren`t posted, advertised or
The market is conducted by personal
contacts, the word passed among friends and relatives.
In some of the small/mid-size
manufacturing firms I call on, those outer waiting rooms
where Americans once filled out applications and waited
for an interview with a personnel director have been put
to other use. They have no legitimate purpose anymore.
When the production manager (himself
often a Mexican immigrant) has an opening, he puts the
word out within the company. The next day, a
fellow worker shows up at the rear employee entrance
in tow, vouches for him in a
conversation in Spanish, and the deal is done.
clueless, newly-unemployed American who puts on a
clean shirt dutifully
writes up all this references and is ready to sweat out
an interview is instead told "Sorry, we`re not
When laid off in the 1982 recession I
was in a bind—newly
married, no savings, etc.
But that was a different era.
Even with high unemployment it was possible to go to the
warehouse district and round up a menial job stacking
boxes, sweeping floors or hosing out boxcars, etc.
Because I also had experience doing outside electrical
work, I quickly got part-time work digging trenches for
It wasn`t fun, but it didn`t kill
me and it paid the rent and put food on the table until
I got back on my feet.
I`d hate to be in the position of
trying to find work like that today.
Edwin S. Rubenstein`s
series written for
titled American Worker Displacement. All the statistical
evidence for Thomas` letter are available to those who
care to see them.
A California Nurse Says Needy Illegal Aliens Depleted Local Food Banks—Just In Time For Thanksgiving!
Here`s how things look in
“The Second Harvest Food
Bank`s Irvine warehouse, usually stacked with canned
food, bottled water and other non-perishable items, is
looking empty and cavernous these days, as demand from
charities working to feed the hungry has surged while
the economy craters.
from those member agencies has risen from 20 percent to
70 percent over the past few months as legions of the
working poor and the recently unemployed struggle to
make ends meet.”[Food
Bank Depleted as Holidays Near, by Erika Chavez,
Although the story makes no direct
mention of immigration—when does the
MainStream Media ever report on a negative regarding
aliens?—readers can easily figure out for themselves who
is one of the largest users of food banks.
According to the 2006 Bureau of the
Hispanic population is nearly 33 percent, a number
significant enough to be a major drain on scarce social
You would think that the
Orange County Register, which I criticized in
previous letter to
VDARE.COM for its immigration obtuseness, would
begin to see the light. But so far, it remains in
Donate to these charities only if you wish to
encourage more illegal immigration.
Cobb works in the
intensive care unit of a major metropolitan hospital. A
previous letter from him opposing organ transplants for
Ford (e-mail him)
Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Column:
As “Fairness Doctrine” Looms, Americans Must Fight For
First Amendment Rights
I read with interest the Newsday
story written by reporter Bart Jones around which
Guzzardi centered his column. [Lucero`s
Family Hosts Mass at Home He Helped Build, Bart
“His [slain illegal alien
Ecuadorian Marcelo Lucero`s] family had
planned to hold the Mass inside their home, but so many
people showed up, they moved it to the street, where
they set up chairs and a temporary altar. Floodlights
lit the scene.”
Are your readers aware, I wonder, of how rare it is to celebrate a Roman
Catholic Mass outside of a consecrated place?
According to the
rituals and traditions that govern it,
“Mass must be
celebrated in a consecrated or blessed Church (private
oratories or even rooms are allowed for special reasons:
Le Vavasseur, I, 200-4).”
That would seem to exclude the Lucero home or a
down the street.
But apparently, a request by an alien family
that the Church will eagerly accommodate.
Ford lives in
crisis with dismay but happily from a distance.
While it sounds like the sort of favor that
radical priests do for those they think of as the
downtrodden (criminals, illegals, terrorist suspects, et
cetera), our reader apparently missed the dateline,
right at home there,(a very snug home, built with the
proceeds of crime) and in an
"impoverished Andean mountain
city of 20,000 people,"
300-person memorial service is probably enough reason to
set up a portable altar.
It`s amazing that a single murder committed by some
random teenagers can send an immigration enthusiast
reporter all the way to Ecuador, where he writes stories
In Ecuador, a killing on Long Island sparks fear [ November 16, 2008]
about how Ecuadorians are afraid to illegally immigrate
because of fear of Americans. Is someone going to send a
victim Jan Pawel Pietrzak`s native
Poland to ask them if they`re now
afraid to immigrate legally for because of
fear of African-Americans? ]