A bunch of protesters stand outside of Chipotle. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided locations in Minnesota and DC and fired undocumented workers employed at Chipotle. The protesters were angry that Chipotle would let this happen and that the workers thought it permissible to take “our jobs”, particularly in such a terrible economy. This begs me to ask the question, which of our jobs is it ok for undocumented workers to take? Apparently, dishwasher at a fast food chain is not one them.
However, dishwasher at a high end restaurant is permissible. In fact, many of the line cooks, the ones preparing hundred dollar meals under the guidance of the executive chef are undocumented as well. Diners may not know – but they know. I’d say ignorance is bliss, but it’s not ignorance, it’s just denial. Just as Meg Whitman denied she knew her nanny was undocumented. We all know that our nannies, gardeners, and housekeepers are probably undocumented as well – but boy are they good and not that expensive either. How about the fruits and vegetables we all eat? Who do you think picked them? As a society we forget that we can go to the supermarket and buy a head of lettuce for $1.99 instead of $6.99 and we don’t wonder why. Apparently, picking fruits and vegetables, or mowing the lawns or taking care of our kids or cleaning our houses (or hotel rooms) are not “our jobs”.
Which brings me to the title of my post, EVERYONE – and I do mean EVERYONE – supports illegal immigration. If we were truly serious about stopping illegal immigrants, we would insist on paying more for all of the luxuries we enjoy so that real Americans could get all of those jobs. But, alas, we all support undocumented workers – we just each draw the line at a different place.
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