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Published: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 10:54 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 10:54 p.m. MDT

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

TJ is already a town that isn't exactly Mexico. People uses dollars instead of Pesos and they speak Spanglish. Those who grew up in the United States do face a lot of ostracism though. Its a crazy situation.

prelax
Murray, UT

Sympathy pieces like this are meant to elicit approval of illegal immigration, and to let those who come here illegally know (wrongly) that it's acceptable. We will never get this problem fixed until the media accepts responsibility on their part for breaking our immigration enforcement. Yes it is an AP story, but that's no reason for responsible newspapers to print it.

prelax
Murray, UT

In America we are forced to accept people who speak Spanish, but in Mexico those that speak English should be allowed to stay in the U.S. illegally because it's so difficult in Mexico?

That's some twisted logic.

RRB
SLC, UT

If you spend time in Tijuana and talk to the people, you will know that probably 85-90% speak English, and most of the people there have spent time legally or illegally in the US. It's a border town, it caters to the tourist dollars.

There is a large community of visa workers that commute each day to San Diego or the farms. It's cheaper to live there than the US. Many people there are US citizens married to Mexicans commute also. Also people in the US commute to jobs in Mexico. I'll bet at least half of the supervisors at the call center live in the US.

His parents brought him here at five years old, they spoke perfect English when they came here?

This article does prove that there is life after deportation, something that is obscured in the fight to import illegal labor.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

1) We have a large large # of farms that want these workers.
2) These farms can't get locals to work for them. Not many will do it. Sure a few teenagers will. But nowadays most of the teenagers leave the small towns and go to college and then never return. They can't get enough workers. Sure... there is huge unemployment, but ask a farmer? Can he get those welfare queens and kings to work for him? Nope... why should they? It would mean they would have to move, work their tail off and get on marginally better off in life than they are on the dole. Those who want to work usually find good enough work even at 30 hours a week that it makes the farm job not look like it's worth it. And they are probably right. Translation, big farmer can't get enough workers without the illegals. You eat don't you?
3) We have a little itsy bitsy quota from Mexico for how many legal immigrants can come. BUT we want them to come and we literally need them to come and should want them to come.

Raise the quota… that’s the real issue.

Quickslow87
Dallas, TX

I really feel for these people. But this is a nation of laws and they must be followed.

RRB
SLC, UT

@Hamath

The H-2a farm visas are unlimited, so raising the quota does not solve the problem. Only 5% of the people here illegally work on farms, the rest take jobs that we can't export, like the service industry, construction, hospitality etc. In 2011 we gave out 3.2 million work visas, most are good for 3 years with another 3 year extension.

In the early 1960s, Cesar Chavez convinced Congress to curb the “Bracero” guest-worker program, which allowed farms to hire low cost Mexican immigrants instead of American farm workers.

The loss of foreign workers forced farms and food companies to triple the wages paid to American field workers. The wages rose from $1.77 per hour in 1965, to $5.63 in 1978. That’s equivalent to $20.27 per hour in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since then, farm workers’ wages has fallen after inflation, amid a huge wage of legal and illegal immigration.

The problem is addiction to cheap labor, and the Progressive Democrats open border agenda that will end this country as we know it.

Americans will work those jobs. They have in the past.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

@RRB

Americans won't work the jobs. Not in every state. Maybe Utah is different. But things have changed with the welfare state we live in. There are farmers out here in Nebraska who have tried to immigrant free and failed to find enough workers. They've had to chose between losing crop and going to the local grocery stores and picking up the day workers that congregate there and are predominantly illegals.

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

I am glad that they have found a means to survive. The people who come to the Untied States illegally should take a lesions from these people. Mexico and Guatemala are not as desperate as the media would like you to believe. Their economies are stable and the businesses are doing very well. There are jobs but the bulk of the illegals are seeking the American dream the wrong way.

We have to save America first.

RRB
SLC, UT

Hamath

Explain to me again why they need day workers when the H-1a visa is unlimited? One application is all that is needed for 1-500 workers.

Americans did work the fields for $20 per hour (in todays money) back in 1978.

Joe.Smith8686
Atlanta, SC

I am a bilingual american who happens to work in a call center. I love my job and to be honest for those who are working in these call centers they can make a very good wage here as a multilingual agent. With the growing spanish speaking population companies are in a great need of people who can cater to a wider range of people. The company I work for is hired by many larger companies just to handle their call centers since we are in my opinion the best in the business. I would encourage these people to take the necessary steps towards citizenship and seriously look into this field.

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