Path to citizenship needed
Written by Penny Fattig, Gothenburg Wednesday, 22 September 2010 17:23
Apparently we have a difference of opinion as to why the Beatrice Husqvarna plant was closed. Neil Davis (Sept. 15) said the real reason it closed was because of efficiency (a very vague term)…to save money. My information that the plant was closed because of a shortage of reliable laborers came via an executive in the plant. I wonder if, quite possibly, it could have closed because of efficiency issues due to a shortage of reliable laborers?
Neil said, “Imagine the achievers that built this country having a defeatist attitude.” Who were the achievers who built this country? The aboriginal people were the American Indians so I assume he is talking about the immigrants who came to this country. That would include many of our relatives. My mother was a Davis. Maybe some of Neil and my relatives came from the same country…England. Exodus 22:21
I admire people like Neil who do the “grunt” work that keeps this country moving forward. I’ve done plenty of that kind of work myself. My grandson worked for awhile at a packing plant. The way he described the work made it sound pretty awful. I’m not surprised there is a fast turnover of laborers in that business.
I don’t know how many jobs would be unfilled if we don’t turn a blind eye to illegal immigration. I don’t advocate that we should turn a blind eye to illegal immigration but I believe we need to make it a little easier for honest, hardworking immigrants, especially the ones who are already here, to become legal so they can pay into our Social Security System. I don’t think they, or people who rent them a place to stay, should be treated like criminals. They are human beings and we aren’t Nazi Germany.
Many good workers have come here illegally including Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, an assistant professor of neurosurgery and director of the Brain Tumor Surgery Program in the Johns Hopkins Health System. He came here from Mexico as a 19-year-old illegal immigrant in 1987 with less than $5 in his pocket.