Skip to comments.California gets taste of life without immigrant workers
Posted on 05/01/2006 4:17:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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"For some enterprises, that meant a boon in business. With so most other restaurants closed, Wan Kee, a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco's Mission District, did brisk lunchtime business."
From the grammar in the above sentence, I think old Wan himself must have written this part.
At least you are not a sanctimonious jerk like the one I am sparring with now.
My wife went to Walmart on Sunday. Normally it is almost deserted with all the local LDS population at church. It was wall to wall Mexicans stocking up so they could put on a show today.
When the 2700 square foot house across the street from us sold, and turned into a rental, that was our cue to leave a neighborhood and a city that had been steadily deteriorating for the past ten years.
It broke our hearts, because it used to be a beautiful little city, but the crime, the congestion, the quality of life destroyed, left us with no other choice.
We're now in a tiny little town on the Oregon Coast. The weather this past winter was quite challenging, but it's quiet and peaceful here. We still get a lot more rain and a lot less warm sunshine than we did in California, but we're content. We were just getting too darned old to put up with all the craziness in California.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I laughed my butt off at the guy who has been building all over our neighborhood....he has been the bain of my existence for over 5 years with continued construction all around us. He hired some illegals & a neighbor tipped off the unions. He was picketed & then had to hire the union to tear down the shoddy work & re-do it. Cost him 10 times more than it would have if he had hired the union guys to start with....couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. hahahaha
"It was wall to wall Mexicans stocking up so they could put on a show today."
Can't people who come here with nothing but the shirts on their backs learn to stockpile stuff like a True American? LOL! I could live comfortably without a trip to Wal-Mart for 30 days, easily. My Mom could hold out for 60-90 days based on her stash. ;)
More than enough proof to me that illegals don't want to "assimilate into our culture." And, yes, I'm being a smart @ss. :)
Why can't people do their own landscaping instead of hiring illegals? I do all of mine and I live on over 3/4 of an acre. Maybe if Americans went back to doing their own work outside and inside instead of hiring all these illegals, this County would be a lot better off. No illegal would have ever come close to taking care of my kids -- I was a stay-at-home Mom. Our home may not have been picture perfect because I did the work inside and out but my kids were sure a lot happier that I was home and our house had that lived in look.
Gardners and housekeepers are a waste of money IMHO for healthy individuals who could use the exercise! Wonder how many illegals are hired to do those jobs?
What a boor you are.
Oh, let me retract that. You're a jerk!....
oh, ... you're from Michigan. You have no concept of market forces.
Furthernore, you are ignorant.
A boor DOES NOT mean you're boring. It means you're a boor:
1. A person with rude, clumsy manners and little refinement.
2. A peasant.
See 133. You're still uneducated.
Let us know what kind of shanty you live in? We already know you're a low life.
It's pretty clear you and I would be on opposite sides of the street during this protest...I'd be on the American side...
You're still an ignorant bufoon!
They haven't shook the habit of shopping every day. Refrigeration is still a novelty to some.
Didn't notice anything in Virginia. I guess it's only the unemployed that went to the "Day without illegal" rallies.
Ha...May seem like it to you but there are scores of millions of us who want to see employers of illegal aliens get what they got coming to 'em...Millions of us 'peasants' out here...
Don't worry, Doofus. I'm doing my part.
Hope you catch up.
It looks like all we need to do to solve the traffic nightmare in Southern California is to enforce the immigration laws.
Most of the jobs in my area are already gone. Used to be steel mills here but they all moved overseas. Not a lot of jobs left to take here.
They move the factories overseas then they let the illegals come in and take the rest of the jobs.
Your government at work.
"I really bet Cinco De Mayo Festivities in the US will be down this year."
It's now called Sinko de Mayo!
Its too bad - best tuna melt ever but I've eaten there for the last time. Its now on my personal zot list.
Lol! Just how many FReepers shopped at a WalMart today? I didn't buy much, but I did make a point of stopping by : )
Interesting to see if their receipts were especially higher for today.
Well having said that, I'll 'fess up. 12 years ago our sewer pipe collapsed under the patio slab. Former husband picked up a couple of guys(presumably illegal-maybe not), rented a jackhammer and put them to work breaking concrete. I was ready to go to the hospital for labor induction, and there was sewage coming up into the bathtub, toilet, etc.
Keep in mind that I'm a life long CA resident, and until I was educated as to the true cost of hiring someone illegal, I really didn't have a problem. Now I do.
Go ahead and flame.
One of those "forced" to hire a nanny was interviewed on TV this afternoon taking her OWN children to the park (Oh, the Horror) because of a nanny no-show. The woman worked as a "fund raiser," but they didn't report the beneficiary of the "fund". IMO, these folks feel oh so righteous helping out the "lowly, downtrodden" ... albeit under the table with social costs passed on to the average American.
At least you're an AMERICAN boor!! :)
Ha! That I am...
Yo NO qiero Taco Bell.
This was a collossal flop.
It was a PR disaster because it DID make a backlash and showed how few supporters they have outside the illegal enabler circles.
If anything it showed the only supporters of illegal immigration were LITTERALLY communists left over from the cold war.
Don't have any day laborers in my neck of the woods...Local people would probably run them out...Lots of Americans here will work fairly reasonable, for cash...But they can be hard to locate when you need them in a hurry...
I wonder if the illegals were gone, would you still have legal day laborers in your area???
Time to boycott everything Mexican, (since they make up most of the illegal aliens here.)
I went to taco bell, for some strange reason my steak clalupa(s) with nacho sauce, tasted just a little better!
I think there are ordinances in the form of fire codes, just need to enforce them. All buildings should have occupancy limits (or at least should have) just for the safety everyone.
A day without an illegal... is like a fish without a bicycle!!!
Quotes from California's immigration rallies
The Bakersfield Californian
Quotes from California's immigration rallies:
"This country needs us. We are the strong arms doing all the tough jobs." Donna Maria Mostache, 43, an illegal immigrant from Mexico protesting in Los Angeles.
"We're here. And all we're asking is fair treatment for everyone. We don't want immigrants to be criminalized." Catalina Hernandez, a protester who marched to Los Angeles City Hall with a niece and nephew.
"We pay our taxes, we obey the law, we are learning English, our lives are here." Monica de la Torre, a 24-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico, at the Los Angeles demonstration.
"If he's even five minutes late, I worry that he'll never come home. This is in our face every day. And it's not just about Mexicans. It's about people like me. It's about all of us. It's about what it means to be American." Linnea Pierrard, 37, a teacher who attended a San Francisco rally with her husband, an illegal immigrant.
"What everyone here is doing is making themselves visible instead of being inside working in a kitchen or taking care of other people's kids - doing jobs that other people don't want to do." Daniel Gonzalez, a 25-year-old Los Angeles artist who is the son of Mexican immigrants.
"We can't have any more people come here." Police Lt. Art DeClercq in Huntington Park, where some 25,000 people jammed a park.
"I find this kind of occasion a civil exultation where people basically celebrate diversity and the multicultural essence of America." Steven Black, 44, a U.S. citizen originally from Canada, at a San Francisco rally.
"I said they are going to be with me - protesting." Ruby Martinez, explaining that she refused to write a sick note to explain her children's absence from school to attend the Los Angeles protest.
Good for you ! But asking for a little more sugar never hurt !
If only they were that bright ...
Well said. I'll eat at Taco Bell instead.
Sean McNally, a spokesman for Grimmway Farms in Bakersfield, said the company was down to less than 30 percent of its normal work force, but didn't have to close any of its vegetable-growing operations.
"We made it clear there would be no repercussions if they wanted to take that day off. We wanted them to feel free to express themselves," McNally said.
I have been taking notes on companies and businesses that I typically patronize. I used to buy Grimmway carrots, but now I know better. :-)
Today was a great service to those of us who want to make sure our hard-earned dollars support those who love the U.S. and respect our laws.
That one'd go down in the alltime FReeper Hall of Fame, if there was one! :-)
Be sure to drop them a note so they understand why they lost your business.
Here in Las Vegas the only difference I saw was the home and garden store down the road from the house didn't have thirty immigrants standing around waiting for work. Today there were about six or seven. Traffic seemed the same to me on the way to work. One local news report claimed thousands marched on Fremont St. while a later report claimed hundreds of thousands marched on Fremont. Not sure which was correct but from the video I've seen the hundreds of thousands is slightly off. As if that many could fit on Fremont in the first place.
Have a friend that's high up in one of the casino hotels on the strip that was told to go to work today in blue jeans in case they needed more bodies to make beds and clean rooms. Apparently around six called in sick so he got to spend the day in comfortable clothes for a change.
I imagine around here the hispanic areas were the hardest hit which is stupid because that's the opposite of the supposed goal. The whole thing is just stupid.
I suggested to my 18 yr old son that he should hang out in front of Home Depot. He can't find any work. He even applied at a restaurant where the owner is supposedly friends with his father. No dice.
Bartering and networking doesn't pay the bills. Maybe every unemployed American should show up at Home Depot the next time the illegals take the day off.
I see a multitude of illegals at the mall, but they never seem to have a bag in their hands, indicating they have purchased anything. Walmart is a different story, they actually roll a cart around and buy stuff.
So if your remodeling job done by illegals had gone well, you WOULD be willing to hire illegals again?
Me as well. It was packed. I also did a bit of driving around on a long lunch. 100% open. All normal. I am in north Dallas.
Did you come down across the bridge to get that, or have they put one in up where you live?
Huh??? I was simply reporting some good news about some dedicated employees who were rewarded. Illegals? Actually, no---American hispanic citizens.
If it makes you feel any better, the weather in California sucked this winter. We had seven weeks of nothing but rain in the Bay Area.
I understand why you felt the need to leave. Things are bad enough now, but if we get a demonrat governor, I may have to pack my bags, too.