To the Editor:
I want to give a shout out to legal and illegal immigrants in Bell County for contributing to the workforce, particularly in the areas of construction, manufacture, agriculture and hospitality service jobs.
I’m sure some individuals will take offense to my statement; to those I suggest they take a drive to any subdivision under construction and note the ethnicity of the laborers doing all the work, or visit any of the manufacturing plants in Temple’s industrial park.
Better yet, note the laborers working on I-35 construction during this hot Texas weather.
Some folks are going to claim loss of jobs to south of the border labor, but the reality is that no American with a high school education or less would even consider a labor job that draws sweat with little to no benefits.
It’s common knowledge construction front offices prefer to hire laborers from south of the border due to their work ethics.
In fact, onsite team leaders are hard pressed to find any American regardless of color who can outwork Mexicans or Central Americans.
These south-of-the-border laborers have been coming to the U.S. in waves starting in 1880s and during both World Wars. What surprises me is the Central American wave we have been experiencing the last few years.
My gut feeling is that Mexican laborers have acquired higher skills and will no longer take lower skilled or paying jobs. These jobs are being filled by Central Americans.
Some Americans can claim that America is being invaded by illegals and its values are under assault. If this is true, it’s because Americans have been encouraging and inviting south-of-the-border labor for years with open arms, ready to hire every last one of them.
Truthfully, legal and illegal immigrants are too important to the U.S. economy, and we all benefit in one way or another.