Friday, August 19, 2005
Blouin Wind: or why this candidate -- who supports corporate welfare for companies that hire illegal immigrant labor -- will never be governor
• A $77 million expansion of Farmland Industries in
In late December of 2003 the Omaha World-Herald published a series of articles entitled Help Wanted: the unspoken demand for illegal immigrants. The articles addressed multiple issues related to illegal immigration in
… A burden, a benefit: Whether you win or lose from low-skill, immigrant laborers depends on your status within the
economy. Employers and the affluent win. Poor, low-skill workers can lose. The rest are in a murky middle. We win as immigrants hold down consumer prices and help our economy grow. We lose as they and their families burden schools and public assistance programs. … U.S.
… Worst job in
America: Nightly while sleeps, work crews sanitize meatpacking plants caked with the blood and guts of butchered cattle. Although meatpacking is widely known as the nation's most injury-prone industry, The World-Herald discovered that packinghouse cleaners are equally at risk. But minimal OSHA oversight let workplace hazards persist while fear of deportation muted the undocumented workers' complaints. Nebraska
Uncle Sam's wink: For four years, the federal government has had evidence that up to 100 major
employers were flouting wage-reporting laws in ways often linked to the widespread use of illegal immigrant labor. Yet nothing has been done to impose up to $65 million in potential fines against the employers. It's an example of how Uncle Sam winks at ordinary illegal immigrants once they cross the U.S. border and join the working class. U.S.
What the hell are we doing?
Let’s take money out of the pockets of hard working taxpayers, some of whom may indirectly already subsidize Farmland Foods’ labor pool through their employment in hospitals and social service non-profits, and give it to a company known to skirt the illegal immigration question & labor laws .Do we have to state the obvious that doling out taxpayer money to companies that shift their costs to other taxpayers and other employers is just @#$% nuts?