|Quoting MainMAN (Reply 3):|
This is what I don't really understand. In the long term, I can't see how integrating labour forces could be harmful to the US at all.
|Quoting MainMAN (Reply 5):|
That's what I thought too; there must be a real fear that large parts of the (southern) USA could potentially become Spanish-speaking and let's face it, Catholic, which doesn't quite fit in with the WASP establishment view of the world.
Where I am from, Texas, Mexicans are an essential part of the community, and are fully integrated within one generation after arriving. 30% of Texas is already Spanish speaking, and southern California is the same way.
This is purely anecdotal, but everyone in Texas I've known admits that Mexicans are beneficial for us - mainly because (yes - the cliche is true) they do the work Americans don't want to do - like roofing in 100 degree heat, digging ditches, washing dishes, etc... and the overall Texas employment rate remains healthy.
Whenever Texans have a need for hard, heavy, hot work; they don't run an ad in the employment section of the newspaper or on monster.com, they just go to certain areas of town where 'day-labor' Mexicans congregate, and hire some illegal employees on the spot. Eventually these workers usually get steady employment.
As for the matters of taste or preference you mentioned, yes the fears exist, but many of us have come to see Mexicans generally as very very hard-working (harder working than Americans), devoted Christians (family values are huge with Mexicans) who are more law-abiding than many home-grown Americans.
I think the real scare is a sudden severe inundation
of Mexican workers that might prove impossible to employ if they came all at once. There is also an overriding fear that they drive pay down by offering cheap labor. (this may be true) If it was guaranteed that no traumatic massive move would happen, I think a lot of people agree that some sort of free movement of labor is beneficial.