The recent raid in Mississippi highlighted how American labor—American working men and women, not the leaders of Big Labor—feels about immigrant labor taking their jobs.
I noted that in the Howard Industries plant the American workers cheered and clapped as the illegals were arrested.
"One worker caught in Monday's sweep at the plant said fellow workers applauded as immigrants were taken into custody. Federal officials said a tip from a union member prompted them to start investigating several years ago.
Notice that it was a member, presumably an American, from the local union who tipped them off. Please notice that they received this tip several years ago. Why wasn't it acted on then? Well, we've had a Bush administration for eight years, and the Bush administration was not interested in immigration enforcement until after its amnesty plan failed.
The result of this immigration enforcement may be that Howard Industries,[Email] (whose owners are maxed out McCain donors) may be forced to hire Americans. (Mississippi has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.)A local Mississippi paper reports
By ED KEMP
Hattiesburg[Mississippi] American, August 26, 2008
LAUREL – About 30 cars were lined up in front of Howard Industries’ Laurel plant today filled with people looking for jobs.
An estimated 350 workers are being held at an undisclosed location following an early morning raid Monday on Howard Industries that officials say is the largest round-up of its type in Mississippi in recent years.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said the 350 employees at a Howard Industries plant in Laurel are in the country illegally.
Federal warrants were issued at the plant early Monday and also at the corporate headquarters in Ellisville.
Shantay Holles, 26, of Heidelberg said she used to work at Howard Industries as an electric tester but was fired last year. She said she is applying today because she heard on the news about the ICE raid.
“That’s all they would hire – Mexican, Mexican, Mexican!” Holles said.
Samantha Stevens, 18, a 2008 graduate of Heidelberg High School, said she couldn’t find a job and she is glad the ICE stepped in.
“We were here first. It’s not fair for them to have a job,” Stevens said.Miss Stevens statement about being "here first" is more poignant when you know that she's a graduate of a high school which is 100% African-American,
The reason that black American workers can clap and cheer as illegals are hauled away, and a probably black worker can be quoted as saying of Howard Industries that “That’s all they would hire – Mexican, Mexican, Mexican!” is that black workers aren't afraid of being called racist. Maybe it's time the rest of American workers adopted a similar attitude.
All those brave, courageous young White men who are willing to sign up and fight in wars thousands of miles away for "freedom and democracy", shit in their pants with fear at home at the thought of being called a racist and watch, in trembling-cowering fear, as their borders are overrun, their voices ignored by "their leaders" and their Constitution and Bill of Rights burned in contempt...