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From: Cesar Cervantes (e-mail him)
VDARE.COM readers will want to keep this newspaper article in their back pocket for any future arguments about America`s so-called mistreatment of its Mexican agricultural workers.
In a recent story from La Jornada, one of Mexico City`s largest dailies, Adrián José Serrano, official of the agricultural day laborer program of the Social Development Secretariat, told members of the Field and Popular Organization Central that it isn`t worthwhile to build shelters for the migrant indigenous who work in the fields of Jiménez, Chihuahua, because "they are filthy, they don`t bathe or clean the rooms."
Serrano added that, even though they are Mexican, the laborers "have another culture". Another official added that the workers are "a social problem".
(Read the story here; sorry, Spanish only but I have provided a translation below)
And they have the gall to accuse American of human rights abuses!
And for anyone in the U.S. to make claims like Serrano`s, or anything remotely similar to them, is inconceivable.
I remind readers that when the reporter writes "from the South," he means indigenous natives or "Indians".
By Matilde Pérez U. La Jornada, October 26, 2007
It isn`t worthwhile to build shelters for the migrant indigenous who work in the agricultural fields of Jiménez, Chihuahua, because "they are filthy, they don`t bathe or clean the rooms", said Adrián José Serrano, official of the agricultural day laborer program of the Social Development Secretariat (SEDEO), before members of the Field and Popular Organization Central (COCYP).
José Jacobo Femat, leader of the COCYP, commented that in the meeting held by members of the organization last Monday in Jiménez, Chihuahua, with SEDESO officials, the State`s Human Rights Commission and local deputies (legislators), the SEDESO official evaded full-filling the responsibility of constructing infrastructure, as required by the field day-laborer program, to improve the work conditions of the indigenous people who go to the fields.
The program states that there will be a registry and care of the concentrations of agricultural day laborers who show lack of infrastructure and basic services, said the leader.
Nonetheless, the official evaded said responsibility and argued that he could not commit to inspect the agricultural field installations not to demand better facilities, because there must be an agreement with the state and municipal governments, besides which—according to Jacobo Femat`s version– "the day-laborers have another culture: they are people who arrive from the south of the country".
He added that the position of Roberto Carlos Domínguez, of the State`s Human Rights Commission, was also of contempt towards the day-laborers, since he stated that "they are a social problem for the State", and justified that the owners of the ranches or farmlands don`t pay the social security of the workers, because they hire with whomever offers the best pay, even if they`ve already agreed with someone else.
He commented that before the indifferent attitude of the attendees to the meeting over the mistreatment of the day laborers and the unhealthy conditions in which they live in the agricultural fields, the COCYP demanded that a new meeting be held with the participation of officials of higher rank and federal deputies (legislators).
At the meeting were also reported the threats and harassment against Laura Salas Reyes, member of the COCYP who has taken up the defense of the day laborers.