Sunday, March 26, 2006

Immigration Pt. 2

(Check out Pt. 1 HERE)

The next argument will involve Josh and John. Illegal immigrants are lazy and jobless. It has been my experience and the experience of many others I know, that they are in fact not lazy nor jobless at all. Take Josh for example. Josh lives in a 3 bedroom house with the rest of his family and friends. How large is his family? Let’s just say he shares his bedroom with his wife, mother and father.

In order to pay for living like this Josh has 3 jobs. He once told me about all the places he’s lived and worked. Josh had traveled from El Salvador to Florida. In Florida he spent several years working on a citrus farm where he told me the pay was very much. Later he moved up to South Carolina working in the service industry, again he felt the need to move because the pay wasn’t enough to live on. After South Carolina, Josh moved up to New York City where he again worked in the service industry but left soon after for the same reason. He told me it was fun, but he wasn’t making enough. That is what brought him down to metro-D.C. Josh moved 4 times over the course of 5 years just to make enough money to live.

How many people can say they are willing to relocate so they can afford their bedroom? How many people are willing to relocate to another country in order to afford their bedroom?

John had a similar story but an easier time. John had two jobs working as cooks in different restaurants. During the day he would work at my restaurant and at 5:00 he would run, literally run, down the street to his next job located about 15 blocks away. John, because of his status as a cook makes more money than Josh but is still fighting to make ends meet.

I haven’t seen the three of them since the restaurant closed down so I’m not sure how their stories are going now. I do know that before the restaurant closed Jane was in the process of being deported back to El Salvador. Her Husband was going to be staying in The United States, while Jane traveled back with her daughter. Josh, obviously had to find a new 3rd job as did John. Now these were only three stories, but I assure you that they are not the outliers but the average.

Stay tuned for pt. 3 (HERE)

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