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A California Reader Says Unemployed Americans` “Plan B” Is “No Mas”; etc.

Stephen Thomas (e-mail


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. 
Result: Mexicans
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
in the position.

Thus there is little turnover and
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
interviewed for. 

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
with a

in tow, vouches for him in a
conversation in Spanish
, and the deal is done. 

Meanwhile the
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
, 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
conduits, too. 

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

written for


titled American Worker Displacement. All the statistical
evidence for Thomas` letter are available to those who
care to see them.

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A California Nurse Says Needy Illegal Aliens Depleted Local Food Banks—Just In Time For Thanksgiving!

From: Bob
Cobb (

Here`s how things look in


Thanksgiving weekend

“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.”
Bank Depleted as Holidays Near,
by Erika Chavez,

November 25, 2008]

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
for its immigration obtuseness, would
begin to see the light. But so far, it remains in

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
immigrants is


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A Roman Catholic Reader Wonders If Private Masses Are For Aliens Only

From: Francis
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
Jones, Newsday, November 17, 2008]

Jones wrote:

“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
“temporary altar”

down the street.

But apparently, a request by an alien family
constitutes a

“special reason”

that the Church will eagerly accommodate.

Ford lives in Vermont where is says he follows the alien
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,


The Luceros aren`t aliens in Ecuador, they`re
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
reporter to

Winchester Atrocity 
Jan Pawel Pietrzak`s native

to ask them if they`re now

afraid to immigrate legally
for because of

fear of African-Americans?

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