I drove over to my local Home Depot this morning as soon as it opened at 6AM. Had to pick up a part to fix one of my toilets. A sure sign that the real estate industry is again thriving was the appearance of a contractor truck pulling up in front of a crowd of illegal Mexicans who hang around Home Depot looking for work.
I heard the contractor yell out "eight workers, ten dollars per hour, six hours guaranteed". As the Mexicans tried to all jump into the back of the truck, the contractor said something to each one, then culled the crowd for his eight workers, loaded them on, then drove off.
One part of Arizona SB 1070 made this method of hiring illegals against the law. Then the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco nullified this, as well as other features of the law. That makes it easy for contractors to once again hire illegals, pay them in cash, avoid paying benefits, and most tragic, suppress the wage scale of fully trained and eligible American construction workers.
I can recall a couple of decades ago when an entry level electrician could command a salary of $25 dollars per hour. That level of salary enabled a worker to feed and clothe and house his family and live a life of dignity. He took pride in his work and the ultimate owner of that home being wired could rest assured that the job was done right and he wouldn't be awakened at two o'clock in the morning with his house ablaze due to improper wiring.
I then went into Home Depot to get my part and saw a line at the contractors desk. Hard working Americans were scouring bills of lading and materials lists for costs; trying mightily to drive a small profit from a small home repair or remodeling job. Our skilled workers have all evolved into small businessmen as they try to make a living, as they have been crowded out of the large projects by millions of illegal Mexicans.
I then thought about how much worse will it be when Obama grants amnesty and green cards to 30 million more illegals. How low can you suppress wages until you starve out every American still willing to work?
In this long history of American labor abuse I did find one moment of satisfaction. A few months ago I was reading the news and was amused to see that a housing contractor had hired crews of illegals to wire his houses under construction. It seems everything was going smoothly and his illegal crews had wired dozens of homes under construction....until one morning he showed up at the work site, sans crews. It seems that the contractor's cheap labor had come in the middle of the night and stripped every foot of copper they had so laboriously installed in the previous weeks. The Mexicans knew exactly where to go, what to take, and how much they could get for a very large crop of spanking new copper! None of the culprits were caught, most likely safely back in Mexico, and flush with money.
As I read that crime report I was just wondering how jolly that contractor was when he next pulled into a Home Depot to pick up a load of "skilled labor".
Sad. Damned Sad.