posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 01:43 PM
Lily, I feel for ya. It's not just convenience stores and hotels, either. Up around Torrington, WY. there are alot of farmers who hire illegal
immigrants for cheap labor during harvesting season. A 'friend' (no more) told me about a couple times when feds showed up and all but 2 workers
(the only legal ones) showed up to work that day. In Nebraska it is even more wide spread because of the wheat and corn. There has been a openly known
problem with this since I can remember. Generally the workers make less than $5 an hour (which is paid 'under the table' in cash), plus they get to
bunk out in the barns and get crap meals if they are lucky. I've even heard of a farmer who had illegals come to work for him and they would work
until the sun started to go down, then just sleep in the fields and start again as soon as the sun came up, and he got away with paying them a measly
$3 an hour!
Really I don't have much of a problem with this stuff (especially during harvest season), but I wish people would at least pay minimum wage and hire
people who are carded to legally do seasonal work in the U.S., as it really isn't much of a problem to get seasonal imigration status.
One thing I gotta say, though, is that at least the illegals around here are mainly from Mexico and they aren't involved in crime rings... they just
jump the border or overstay their seasonal passes. Just wish they would go about it legally... they would have alot more money to send back to their
families that way, due to government regulations on minimum pay.