Thursday, January 18, 2007

Another example of how Hispanic immigration is terrible for American blacks

++Addition++ The Crider case also illustrates the false dichotomy of amnesty or mass deportations. For each illegal federal agents nabbed in the raid, nearly five fled Stillmore on their own:
Two Crider employees were among four men arrested for allegedly running a document mill, churning out fake green cards and other fake documents. Immigration officials initially worked with Crider over several months to gradually weed out those workers who couldn't prove legal worker status. Then, federal officials became much more aggressive, launching the raid over Labor Day weekend. Agents hauled away about 120 mostly Mexican immigrants, according to immigration officials.

The rest fled Stillmore or went into hiding nearby. Some women and children hid for days in the scrubland and pine woods outside of town without food or shelter while they waited for immigration agents to leave. In the week after the raids, dozens of Latinos crowded a vacant lot beside a bodega, across from Stillmore's city hall, to get on buses operated by a Mexican bus line leaving for other cities in the U.S. or back to Mexico.

When President Eisenhower's administration executed Operation Wetback, between seven and eight illegal Mexican laborers left for each menial that the INS detained. Increased enforcement will lead to attrition. So will an end to unconstitutional birthright citizenship. So will a physical barrier along the US-Mexico border (meanwhile, the 700 miles of Congressionally-approved fencing waits on funding that may never materialize). So will scrapping of the federal income tax in favor of a national sales tax. So will direct entitlement benefits paid to US citizens in lieu of the complex and inefficient government programs now in place.

Also, Donald Collins of VDare has come out with an article about the same Crider raid.

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Another example illustrating how the arguments the immigration restriction movement persistently makes regarding unfettered, unskilled Hispanic migration into the US are basically right in every way (free article here):

STILLMORE, Ga. -- After a wave of raids by federal immigration agents on Labor Day weekend, a local chicken-processing company called Crider Inc. lost 75% of its mostly Hispanic 900-member work force. The crackdown threatened to cripple the economic anchor of this fading rural town.

But for local African-Americans, the dramatic appearance of federal agents presented an unexpected opportunity. Crider suddenly raised pay at the plant. An advertisement in the weekly Forest-Blade newspaper blared "Increased Wages" at Crider, starting at $7 to $9 an hour -- more than a dollar above what the company had paid many immigrant workers. The company began offering free transportation from nearby towns and free rooms in a company-owned dormitory near to the plant. For the first time in years, local officials say, Crider aggressively sought workers from the area's state-funded employment office -- a key avenue for low-skilled workers to find jobs. Of 400 candidates sent to Crider -- most of them black -- the plant hired about 200.

One of the worst things the US has done for native blacks and Hispanics, and the native white working class was passing the Immigration Reform Act of 1965. By opening up the US to massive Latin American third-world immigration, the Act has undercut the menial's best friend--a tight labor supply. The wealth gap has been egregiously accentuated, as an increase in the unskilled labor supply depresses wages and opportunities for the less endowed. A merit immigration system would do just the opposite--by increasing the supply of professionals, the services professionals offer are kept modest due to more intense competition, and the extra wealth higher value-adding professionals create translates into more work for a working class that would be shrinking as a proportion of the total population.

Despite the appaling dereliction of duty on the part of contemporary black leaders to call attention to the immigration issue, the percentage of blacks (73%) who believe immigration levels are too high is greater than the national (66%) and white (68%) percentages.

That's not surprising, despite the attempts of groups like La Raza to paint immigration restrictionists as bigots opposed to the civil rights' movement the black community collectively holds so dear. In the economic recovery of '03-'05, black unemployment actually increased by .8%, while it decreased for all other groups and the national unemployment rate fell by .2%. This bodes terribly for blacks, who tend to benefit more than the rest of the nation when times are good and suffer more than the rest of the nation when times are bad. The next recession is really going to hammer the black community.

The Crider raid is unequivocally good news for blacks:

For the first time since significant numbers of Latinos began arriving in Stillmore in the late 1990s, the plant's processing lines were made up predominantly of African-Americans.
For many enterprising white guys, that's not a reason to celebrate. Obsequious Latin serfs are more polite, harder working, and less physically threatening than black inner-city imports. But when an illegal from Oaxaca displaces a black from South Los Angeles, the black doesn't just disappear. Jobless, he's now more likely to involve himself in criminal activity, welfare recipiency, and other undesirable social activites.

Those who seem to fancifully believe that Hispanic menials are replacing blacks need to ask themselves what is more desirable--the unproductive Leroy working at a low-wage job with Juan back home, or the marginally more productive Juan working the low-wage job with Leroy on the dole and with idle hands?

The first-generation toilers in many cases enjoy a ten-fold increase in their earning power relative to their places of origin. But are their children, who are growing up in a decadent culture that inculcates in them a hostility toward work and encourages an entitlement mentality, who've grown up with Nikes and XBoxes, and whose cognitive ability does not compare favorably with their white and Asian counterparts, going to accept grueling for $6 an hour in deplorable conditions without benefits? Or are they going to become similar to the blacks who are seen as unreliable and unwilling to work for such 'chump change' with skills that cannot legally earn them much more than that six dollars?

Men like President Lincoln who advocated repatriating blacks to Africa or sending them to other places like Haiti have long sense been removed from the political arena. The ancestors of those the British and Spanish brought over four centuries ago for cheap labor are here to stay. We have the option as to whether or not we want to take in another underachieving ethnic underclass and still have the ability to stop the importation. We owe it not only to our international competitiveness and our high standard of living to do so--we also owe it to the least endowed of our fellow citizens, who are hurt the most by extra competition at a time in history when their limited abilities are becoming progressively less valued in the marketplace.

The packing industry's working conditions are embarrassing:

A 2005 Government Accountability Office report on working conditions in the meat and poultry industry found injury rates among the highest of any U.S. industry and cited slippery floors and cold temperatures among the harsh conditions workers endure. Federal workplace-safety inspectors cited Crider in 1997 for a forklift accident in which a worker was run over and killed. Other plants in Georgia have even higher incidences of violations, according to federal records.

A newspaper ad by Stillmore, Ga., chicken processor Crider, which lost most of its work force in government raids against illegal-immigrants last September. With the arrival of so many immigrants willing to toil for rock-bottom wages on brutal round-the-clock shifts, the number of black workers at Crider declined steadily to 14% in early 2006 from as high as 70% a decade ago, the company says. Wages stagnated at about $6 an hour, just above the U.S. minimum wage of $5.15 an hour, current and former workers say.

These workers are obviously subsidized by the net taxpayer. Crider is enjoying corporate welfare, paid for by value-adding Americans. Six dollars an hour comes to about $12,000 a year. Even if these workers are legal, the EITC alone (upwards of $4,400 in the form of a refundable credit, not in terms of simply adjusting AGI and removing $4,400 from reported income) makes it likely that not only are they not paying a dime in federal income taxes, they're actually probably getting a disbursement in the form of a credit. With a couple of children, at nearly $10,000 annually per (plus another $3,000 or so if ESL is required), Crider is enjoying dirt cheap labor while the net taxpayer is contributing more to the worker than his employer is! That's without considering all the other negative externalities he brings--overcrowding, pollution, housing unaffordability, crime, disease, infrastructure wear, social services, police, medical care, and so on.

This is not the free market. It is a wealth transfer from American natives to third-world, low value-adding industries, and to migrants who last year sent $20 billion out of the US economy in remittances to Mexico alone. Crider is not a company that helps put the US on the cutting edge of technology or helps it lead the world economy. There is no reason to subsidize a third-world industry in a developed country. It's better for the maquiladora to stay in Mexico than to bring in and operate the maquiladora in Georgia, although innovating out of the need for serf labor is more optimal still.

5 comments:

daveg said...

Internalize the profit, externalize the cost, and scream "free market" as much as possible.

crush41 said...

Dave,

Well put. Don't forget to add "and call those who challenge what you're doing 'racists' and 'bigots."

savage said...

Despite the reality on the ground, that blacks and Latinos neither trust one another nor feel common cause, the leadership of the respetive groups supports many of the same things, as much of their agendas cross. Mainly that is of wealth transfer from whites to non-whites.

Sometimes, when behavior is deemed especially egregious, as in the aftermath in New Orleans in which Mexican criminals took much of the reconstruction work, a Jackson will speak out. But it is never sustained nor linked with immigration reform. It is only to call attention to presumed, reticent black suffering.

crush41 said...

Savage,

Hispanic and black race-hustlers are competitors in an industry but allies in the sense that they want the perpetuation of that industry. Sort of like Ford and GM take potshots at one another in ads and with bumperstickers, yet together with another competitor, Chrysler, lobby the White House and Congress in favor of policies that will benefit all three.

JSBolton said...

There is also a misconception involved in assuming that mass-immigrationists are anti-racists concerned with the uplift of the blacks.
They need the blacks in as bad a condition as they can be held to, and they use a sort of racism to do their special pleading. The left is not alone in using these deceptions; they have the moderate right and the grab-and-run business elements with them.