• September 22, 2014

Belton reader thanks immigrants for their contribution to local economy

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Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014 4:30 am

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.

Art Resa

Belton

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14 comments:

  • Eliza posted at 6:21 am on Mon, Aug 18, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 770

    @ What I have experienced after looking through help wanted ads, was that if the job was not nicely convenient to the desires of the self employed, they told me that the job was not worth it.----

    My own experience in having others work on my house- have been nothing but excellent , everything from ,plumbing,electrical,painting,trimming of trees, mowing of lawn, installing of appliances, installing of fence etc.
    and all the work that was done was done by Caucasians.

    My experience with work that was done by those who were from south of the border , did not pan out so well or to my satisfaction, but, I had not hired them.

    They had been hired by the city to trim trees throughout Killeen..
    They were not expert at the job.

    And when they left my property, they left lots of what they had trimmed, plus their lunch wrappings and soda cans.

     
  • Fran posted at 2:56 pm on Fri, Aug 15, 2014.

    Fran Posts: 50

    I am not judging people on their race when I need someone to work on my house which I can not do. What I have experienced after looking through help wanted ads, was that if the job was not nicely convenient to the desires of the self employed, they told me that the job was not worth it. I learned that a Hispanic worker never past up an opportunity to work at our house, be it house painting, shingle replacement, etc. On past experiences, I had some roof shingles blown off during high winds. The insurance deductible was my cost to get it fixed. Truly, I have had problems with Caucasians telling me that the few shingles which blew off my roof was not enough work: he wanted to put on a whole new roof. The same
    type of thing happened when I need the exterior of the house painted... When I could get a person to give me an estimate, I found the only person who would paint, would not paint above what his natural reach was...no ladder use. Many times I find myself
    asking, do these people want to work? I have never been disappointed when I found a worker whom I would suspect grew up south of the border. My experience with workers who were Caucasians in general did not have the same quality of work ethic. I am not saying anything about race good or bad, but about a good work ethic which is scarce to find in the U.S. these days. When an employer finds
    a worker of any race that is a good worker, they will want to keep them. There are too many lazy people out there who do know the meaning of work. Sign of the times.

     
  • Roody2 posted at 9:58 am on Fri, Aug 15, 2014.

    Roody2 Posts: 255

    Excellent post, Alvin.
    [thumbup]

     
  • Ihavecommonsense posted at 10:42 pm on Wed, Aug 13, 2014.

    Ihavecommonsense Posts: 22

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  • Ihavecommonsense posted at 10:41 pm on Wed, Aug 13, 2014.

    Ihavecommonsense Posts: 22

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  • Roody2 posted at 4:40 pm on Mon, Aug 11, 2014.

    Roody2 Posts: 255

    Comments removed!?! We now have censorship.

    Ya'll better start agreeing with the liberals.Next, the black vans will be pulling up in front of your house... I've heard they can have the swat team there within the hour.

    Then, off you go to the re-education camp!!!

     
  • Roody2 posted at 1:15 pm on Mon, Aug 11, 2014.

    Roody2 Posts: 255

    Eliza nailed it with the following comment:

    " They prefer laborers from south of the border because they're known to have lived in countries that have considered them an uneducated peasant class who can be taken advantage of."

    To that I add: The Democrats accuse the Republicans of wanting the cheap labor... as if they don't take advantage of it too! Democrats are the biggest hypocrites.

     
  • Alvin posted at 10:17 am on Mon, Aug 11, 2014.

    Alvin Posts: 197

    I guess you don't remember all of the share croppers, all of the field hands who chopped and picked cotton, all of the people who tolled for 10 and 12 hours, 6 and 7 days a week for penance in the mercantile factories, that were not air conditioned, all of the people who, in the time of the dust bowl, went 'to the land of plenty, and were scorned by the affluence of the Californians', and I could go on and on and on, but I certainly do. They were hard working 'Americans', not illegal aliens who steals their way into this country, illegally. They, in my estimation at least, were just as hard working, if not more so because they didn't have any relief, such as an air conditioned car to ride in, air conditioning homes or fresh water, piped into their homes to go home to. These are the people for whom I reserve my admiration for, not a bunch of 'illegal aliens'.

    You seem to be enamored with 'folks of the Southern region' as being, to a great extent, more able to tolerate the warmer climates, but I guess you realize what the 'American' laborer is capable of; such as working, in the heat, of steel mills, the mills that produced the 16” rifle liners that were built on the battleships, that outproduced 'practically every one' in munitions and armament, and yes even in automobiles. But alas, I guess those were 'the good old days'. No one is capable of building these 16” rifle barrel liners anymore. You would rather delve into what I consider, the modern age, where one can steal across the border, illegally, not possess the proper paperwork, and get some one who doesn't 'care' what they are doing in regards to 'hiring someone' who doesn't have the proper paperwork and is willing to work for a cheaper wage rather than enforcing our standards and laws. Yep, I guess you have a point, praise be to the illegal alien.
    But you must not be cognizant of the law, back in the early 1900 that said 'no one of Mexican decent' was allowed into the U.S.
    Now I don't know where you fit as a legal or illegal person, but by the way you are talking, you have an 'allegiance' to 'South of the Border' and as such, you, if you are a citizen of these United States should awear allegiance to the U.S. and not someone who comes to this country illegally and under falsae pretenses. Sort out your allegiances and if not to this country, go back to where you feel more 'at home'.
    One of the 1 % who voted.

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 8:40 am on Mon, Aug 11, 2014.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 454

    I agree I have sponsored two people from the Far East that are now American Citizens this letter is an insult to all the people that came here legally. Americans work ethics are second to none—we just won’t do for slave wages Art Resa doesn’t get it at all—with his racist letter.

     
  • ImJustSayin posted at 7:23 am on Mon, Aug 11, 2014.

    ImJustSayin Posts: 67

    I am lost for words reading this. "In fact, onsite team leaders are hard pressed to find any American regardless of color who can outwork Mexicans or Central Americans"
    This statement alone shows once again the "we need to stick together mentality.
    This has been written for one group of immigrants only, forgetting the rest of the spectrum. Also, to applaud ILLEGAL immigrants that have broken the law by getting here is an insult to anyone who came to the USA LEGALLY.
    As anyone can see, this letter is a trend ..... a way of thinking that blows my mind. As a LEGAL immigrant, I take offense with this letter.

     
  • jbtsr posted at 3:05 pm on Sun, Aug 10, 2014.

    jbtsr Posts: 73

    Dr Strangelove - it is rare that I hear objective or rather open mind on this issue. I agree with your comments. It is a positive on that begs to deal with the issue and offers a solution. What I find funny here in Belton TX, a city that has P & Z, Ethics Commission, City Council majority affiliated and members with the two huge religious organizations that influence politics and voting here - they are not saying a word. However, if you catch one from that circle and bring up the issue of illegal children, they suddenly forget their Sunday lessons and focus on money. They are ignorant of:
    Deuteronomy 1:16
    Exodus 23:9
    Deuteronomy 24:14
    Jeremiah 22:3
    Leviticus 19:33
    Leviticus 19:34
    Zechariah 7:10
    1 Chronicles 22:2
    2 Chronicles 2:17
    2 Chronicles 3:1
    Deuteronomy 23:7
    1 Peter 2:10-12
    Matthew 18:6, 25, verses 35-44

     
  • Eliza posted at 11:04 am on Sun, Aug 10, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 770

    You zeroed in on Mr. Resa pretty darn quick Roody2---Wonder how many illegals he's covering for.

    @ It’s common knowledge construction front offices prefer to hire laborers from south of the border due to their work ethics.

    I don't think so, Its because they're known to have lived in countries that have considered them an uneducated peasant class. Who can be taken advantage of.

    Is Mr. Resa also going to defend the 2 illegals who murdered one of our Border Agents and shot his father last week , They had been robbing others a long time, so they must have had good ethics in the work field of robbing innocent American citizens.

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 10:03 am on Sun, Aug 10, 2014.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 454

    “It’s common knowledge construction front offices prefer to hire laborers from south of the border due to their work ethics.”

    Are you stupid or just a Democrat ok same thing. It’s not about work ethics it’s about the MONEY! Why pay an American citizen or legal immigrants $10.00 bucks an hour when they can pay an illegal alien $5.00 bucks! Oh check United States Law no such thing as an illegal immigrant; they’re illegal aliens.

    I know legal immigrants that want to be an American Citizen but it costs way too much money to take the test. It costs $680 to file an application for citizenship. We go one party that wants cheap labor the other party wants illegal votes the fix is in.

    They’re over 12 million Illegal Aliens in this country no way are they going to deport that many people—there needs to be some type of work program set up between us and other countries.

    How many work crews of illegal aliens do a job then the owner fires them right before the job is finished with no pay and there isn’t a think they can do about it.

     
  • Roody2 posted at 9:07 am on Sun, Aug 10, 2014.

    Roody2 Posts: 255

    "In fact, onsite team leaders are hard pressed to find any American regardless of color who can outwork Mexicans or Central Americans."

    Note to those who may think that is a racist comment:

    It's NOT because it was spoken by a Democrat. End of Discussion.