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From: Robert Heltman (e-mail him)
Re: Edwin S. Rubenstein`s Blog: August Job Collapse—And American Job Displacement Resumes
As of the end of September 2008 there were 9,500,000 unemployed American workers.
Why aren`t these people, at least sizable numbers of them, showing up for the jobs that opened up because of the ICE raids?
That same situation exists for jobs like changing hotel beds and cleaning motel bathrooms, bussing tables in restaurants, changing bedpans in eldercare facilities, and putting hot tar on roofs.
Ed Rubenstein replies: I hear this frequently from contractors: They can`t find good native help. There was a time, of course, when U.S-born workers with an exemplary ethic filled those jobs. Then came the illegal alien tsunami. Now American workers are squeezed between low wages and high unemployment benefits, often (rationally) choosing the latter. Reversing the influx of illegals would be a good first step.
have indeed looked for the post-raid jobs. And in
many states, recruiting placement agencies have found
employees and put them through E-verify to replace the
Without question, as Ed points out, if there were fewer illegal aliens in the country, there would be many fewer on the job site.
And as I
wrote repeatedly when I lived in the