Fuck Arizona, fucking facist fucks. I love the refried bean swastikas. rotfl.
But about what ya'll are talking about-->The feds and the states have been charging a lot more employers with crimes in the past few years. There's a lot of examples. The Feds are even trying to make hardcore examples by taking property: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010 ... n-charges/
Of course, this could totally be smokescreens and propaganda but either way I'm gonna politely scoff at the idea that cheap illegal labor equates to slave labor, seriously. i feel what you're saying- but a little perspective.
The only way the whole issue would ever go away is if American consumers stopped buying quantities of cheap crap and paid more for better quality.
China is an example of slave labor and indentured servitude. China's labor cost for textiles is so cheap that Mexico is in a trade war with it. In attempts to source clothing manufacturing for MadGods, we've tried to send samples to mexican factories only to have customs attempt to charge us 1000% tariffs because just one of the items was labeled "made in china". I mean hundreds of dollars in custom fees to ship a half dozen used clothing items with a value less than $20. That's how stiff the competition is when the other guy is a communist country, with over abundant human resources, no qualms about pollution or human rights, and an artificially undervalued currency. In other words, if mexico didn't have a defensive posture against Chinese slave labor- EVERY JOB in Mexico that is textile related would leave to China. All of them. Think about how cheap that must be that Mexicans can't compete. America may never compete again. But now the market for manufactured goods is so fucking lopsided that if you even attempted to replace a fraction of america's cheap labor with "real americans" the resulting inflation would most likely shock the economy. If you were to wholesale enforce it, it would likely decimate America's ability to create anything anyone could actually afford, let alone want.
Pretty much In the whole rest of the world, it would be slave labor.
In America today, illegals usually get minimum wage or better. They can organize. The majority of illegals probably aren't working for the gov't, or major corporations. They work for small time independent business' like mine and and private people. Nike and Apple can't even compete. They profit from cheaper foreign
labor that can't be replicated here because our domestic cheap labor actually have rights that up their cost. Plus they enjoy almost totally unhindered access to social services and are able to repatriate large sums of untaxed cash back to their home countries (sometimes accounting for the largest imported source of cash).
and i agree they get shitted on- but so do real american's with real social security numbers in many of the same ways. the nature of business is exploitive. many illegal immigrant workers in the US probably have more advocates and better access to courts here than they do in their home countries.