Thursday, September 13, 2007

Article: Illegal Day Laborers, Should They Stay, Or Go Home?

It looks like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has several articles relating to day laborers who are in America illegally.

Here are some snippets (with comments from yours truly below).

The average Joe (originally from Peru):

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I would like to get a job that's secure. For a company -- like, safe. A regular job. Today you got job, tomorrow you got job, tomorrow, next week. I would like to get my papers, be legal, be married. Maybe bring some family here and try to get married with American woman for my papers. And live here, and maybe (...) stay here.

Comments: According to the article he is here mainly for work, although this paragraph caught my eye. Although I am probably more agnostic about people like him in general, I would not be too thrilled with him cutting everyone else in line for citizenship.

This next guy I actually have sympathy for:

How much will the operation cost?

About $15,000 to $20,000 dollars. I have a little, some pesos, but I need it for other things, so my kids eat, have clothes ...


My son, sometimes he faints, and my wife gets scared and has to pick him up from school or home or wherever. And the poor thing, all the time she has to watch him. When there's a way, they take a bus. But when he's very delicate, they take a taxi to the nearest hospital.... When I feel bad is when he asks why. Why is he sick when his brother and sister are OK? And that's when we all feel bad.

Comments: This probably wasn't an easy decision for this guy (as he seems to miss his family a lot) although hopefully someone from doctors without borders can help him, as his heart really seems to be in Mexico, instead of the US.

Last, but not least, the Home Depot Preacher:

Immigration doesn't come to get us. Immigration goes after those who committed some crime, or are already marked for deportation. In that I agree ... because I know them. Immigration officials know me and I know immigration officials. They are just doing their duty. ...

The (Home Depot) manager knows me, everyone knows me inside. The (Home Depot security) officials know me too. I'm helping them out here by making sure the workers don't go inside. The manager's a good person, because I've spoken with him. He says hi to us in the morning, happily, and I feel happy too.

I not too sure how comfortable I am with government officials cozying up to anyone (especially in this day in age). Either way, the guy seems to be keeping Home Depot happy by keeping the drunks and druggies away (free security?).

So what do you guys think? Should they all be deported, or should they all stay?

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