September 4, 2006

WHY IMMIGRANTS ARE NATURALLY REPUBLICAN:

Union bows out of parade, citing migrant advocacy (JOEL DRESANG, Sept. 3, 2006, journalsentinel.com

Local 75 of the Plumbers and Gas Fitters will break from tradition and not march in Milwaukee's Labor Day parade today because the union considers the inclusion of immigrant advocates a distraction from Labor Day.

A party can't be both pro-Labor and pro-immigration.


MORE:
Undocumented workers toil in many fields : Construction, services where most find jobs (Diane Lindquist, September 4, 2006, San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE)

San Diego County's illegal work force is significant – possibly more than one-tenth of the total working population – and it fills jobs that have been vital to the region's growth over the past five years, according to a recent survey by the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, D.C.

“The thing that surprises most people is that so few are in agriculture. The stereotype is of migrants coming here to do ag work,” said Jeffrey Passell, a Pew researcher.

According to Pew data compiled from U.S. Census Bureau household surveys of San Diego County, the portion of undocumented workers in farming occupations, which includes nursery operations but not landscaping, is less than 1 percent.

Perhaps even more surprising is that 12 percent of illegal immigrants hold positions in management, business and professional occupations. Many of those are believed to have overstayed visitor, student or work visas, but others are impoverished border crossers from Latin America who have worked and saved enough to start businesses.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 4, 2006 6:39 PM
Comments

The building trade unions have traditionally excluded ethnics and blacks and now they find themselves becoming irrelevant. Sad that.

Posted by: erp at September 4, 2006 7:18 PM

Sure it can. The leadership will eventually figure out where the power lies and if it takes learning a little Spanish to get it back, it will. Of course, then all those urban Leftists will no longer get cheap day labor to cut their grass and be their nannies and cooks.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 5, 2006 11:37 AM

They could, but they wouldn't pay union wages.

Posted by: erp at September 5, 2006 12:25 PM
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