remarques sur la façon dont le patronat se sert des immigrés pour baisser les salaires. Il y a deux paragraphes qui lient immigration et appauvrissement.
Driven here out of desperation, they find that the same U.S. capitalism that bled their countries dry is here waiting to take advantage of that desperation.
They work in some of the hardest and most unsafe jobs, like meatcutting or construction, for example. And they do it, in general, for lower pay than other workers get doing comparable work – the Pew Hispanic Center estimates that the average family income of immigrants without papers is at least 40% lower than the average family income of either native born citizens or legal immigrants. When they work under the table, which many have no choice but to do, they are often paid less than minimum wage, and what labor regulations do exist in this country do not extend to them.
Many are crowded into tiny apartments. A sizeable proportion suffer from malnutrition, and when they get sick or injured, they have little or no access to health care.
They are often slandered, accused of disproportionately using this country’s social programs, schools, medical care and so on. Just the opposite is true. Over half of them contribute directly into Social Security – and get nothing back for it. Not one cent. Some of their kids may go to school – many more are left behind. No matter, they pay property taxes, either directly, or indirectly through their rent – which is the essential funding source for schools. They pay sales taxes whenever they buy something. They pay income taxes – and can’t vote, in a country whose revolutionary cry once was “no taxation without representation.”
Et il y a quelques années, il était Démocrate.
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