Meatpacking used to be a middle-class job for Americans, illustrated in the 1990 Academy-Award-winning documentary American Dream, which showed Minnesotans fighting to maintain their wages and benefits at Hormel which had cut them despite healthy profits. Companies later discovered that illegal alien foreigners were happy to work for peanuts and wages were lowered accordingly. However, in the years following, occasional spurts of government enforcement proved troublesome, so the meatpackers turned to refugees to take the hazardous, poorly paid jobs. (See the 2008 report, Legal Somalians (“Refugees”) Replace Illegal Mexicans At Swift Plant.)
The latest influx courtesy of the Refugee Industrial Complex is the importation of Burmese into Iowa, home to many meat processing plants.
Interestingly, local Mexicans are miffed at the importation of non-Hispanic diversity. As doctoral student Christina Ortiz observed, “But in a certain sense, they are in competition with each other. They are applying for the same jobs. They have the same skills. And that’s tricky. Obviously there is some tension there.”
Didn’t the Mexicans get the memo that Diversity Is Our Strength?
Other diversity symptoms have included drunk driving, public urination and unhealthy barrack-like living conditions among the newbies. So enriching. Four hundred non-English-speaking refugees in a town of 1899 residents (2010 Census) is a huge burden on schools and social services, despite all the happy talk.
If the reader objects to the government’s reckless refugee program to replace citizens with compliant foreigners, don’t forget that the State Department is accepting remarks from Americans on the topic. The occasion is an annual meeting, with the deadline for written statements being May 8 — that’s Wednesday!
Refugee Resettlement Watch has the relevant information about where to email or fax your thoughtful criticism of Washington’s ill-advised generosity toward hostile or uneducated foreigners. A local story not heard within the Beltway may call attention to the harm caused to Americans. Last year, I wrote about the struggle of stone-broke Oakland California to cope with 700 illiterate Burmese refugees, with a state unemployment rate of 11 percent, which I sent to the State Department.
If no local stories are available, the basic fact of continued refugee importation with 20 million citizens jobless shows how irresponsible Washington has become to the American people.
Naturally, the liberal press thinks it’s fine when other people’s jobs are redistributed to foreigners.
In Iowa meatpacking town, Tyson’s decision to recruit Burmese refugees marks a new chapter, Associated Press, May 05, 2013