|Texas Rep Debbie Riddle|
Rep Debbie Riddle of Texas wants to get "Tough" on illegal immigrants (Mexicans).
All except for one thing. They can stay as "hired help" for domestic chores like housekeeper, yard crew, baby sitter, etc.
She thinks ousting ALL illegal aliens would upset the Texas Economy. "That just ain't the way we do it here," she might drawl with a sweet smile.
So, she has sponsored a bill in the Texas Legislature asking for her ideal anti-immigrant law. Cheap labor can stay. The rest must go.
Domestic Services by Mexicans
I saw an example of this sublime "common sense" when I visited my brother Norogon in Houston last summer.
One day I answered a knock on the door. A handsome, smiling, clean young Mexican man stood there. He wanted to mow Nororogon's disgustingly overgrown lawn. $10 for the front yard and $10 for the back yard. Apparently some people don't mow the back as often as the front because they have it enclosed with a wooden fence the neighbors can't see through. So who cares if the back yard weeds grow a little high?
As I recall from 12 years ago, I had to pay $45 for a man to come mow my Florida yard. I'd have LOVED the Mexican rates Norogon gets.
Anyway, Norogon turned the young man down because he had another, favorite yard Mexican named Pedro to do the work.
I met Pedro a couple of days later when he knocked on the door. He charged the same price, but he dressed more nicely. He wore polished cowboy boots, tight jeans, a silver belt buckle, western straw hat, and western shirt with bolo tie. He looked GQ GORGEOUS. A little while after Norogon gave the go-ahead, I saw Pedro out mowing the yard in the hot July sun. He did the yard work in his shiny boots, pretty cowboy outfit, and the bolo tie. He certainly knew how to look good for his customers.
A few days later I met Chiquita, Norogon's house maid. She cleans the place for him and charges him $30 a visit.
As she hustled through her chores I asked Norogon sotto voce: "Are they illegal aliens?"
He replied: "I don't know. I can't speak Spanish well enough to ask. Chiquita doesn't speak English. And Pedro doesn't have time for chit-chat."
"But," I responded, "What if they're illegal aliens? They shouldn't even BE here!"
Chiquita swished in from the kitchen and handed Norogon and me sweating glasses of iced tea. Crushed mint leaves floated on top. It smelled delicious. She knew what he wanted without his asking. She flashed an enchanting smile when she caught me eyeing her.
Norogon gave me that "You just fell off a turnip truck" look, and muttered "Gracias" with a wink to Chiquita. he slurped a mouthful of tea and munched a bit of mint. He turned back to his newspaper without another word. I knew the conversation had ended. I grinned to think that, apparently, Chiquita had taught him a little Spanish.
I have to agree with Debbie Riddle's sentiments, and Norogon's too. I think it wonderful to buy a lawn job for $20 when the U.S. Citizen yard crews charge $50 or more for the same work plus, maybe, a little flowerbed work. Most housekeepers charge $60 to $80. Of course I'd have to charge Norogon $150 to clean his house OR mow his lawn. Ugh. Onerous work.
Flies on the Taco of Cheap Mexican Labor
But I guess that skirts the major question here, one that has Mexicans all over Texas protesting the anti-immigration bill. They say it encourages slavery. I consider it hypocritical. As to US immigration law, it seems a simple matter of statistics and procedures. Illegal immigrants ignore both.
And why shouldn't they? Mexico's culture puts workers out to pasture, so to speak, as they approach 30 years of age. By that age, most of them have a spouse and children, and they require higher pay than a single 19-year-old. They come to the USA for work, any work, so they can feed their families.
Furthermore, any crackdown on illegal immigration will hurt worst those who help the local economy the most. Actual hard-core criminals, drug and people traffickers, and street thugs will successfully run and hide from law enforcers. Family people cannot afford such nonsense and will hunker down to avoid detection, or return to Mexico. So, naturally the hearts of most Texans go out to such illegal immigrants. Nobody in his right mind wants to see productive mostly law-abiding families get uprooted and forced back to a homeland that doesn't want them.
Guess what? The popular American complaint about sending American jobs offshore to cheap labor gets somewhat defeated with Debbie's bill. Unfortunately, the do-gooders in the state will soon demand that people pay the illegal Mexan immigrants a "living wage." The feds will start prosecuting people who hire them for less than the federal minimum wage. So even the traditional Texas hospitality will get ruined by federal law. That will drive domestic service prices right back up to where Texans hate them. And that will drive a lot of Mexicans out of work and onto the welfare rolls or into street crime.
Hard Questions about 3rd World Immigration
What does the influx of Mexicans and their high rate of procreation do to the average intelligence of the American gene pool, and what will THAT do to US Gross Domestic Product and competitiveness among nations? As statisticians have proven repeatedly average IQ correlates directly, highly, and causatively to the GDP. And Mexicans have an average IQ of only 87. Thus, importing millions of Mexicans for domestic purposes will ultimately cause a dumbing down of the gene pool and lowering of the GDP and increase in infrastructural costs for the medical, housing, welfare, education, and criminal justice systems. Do people seeking cheap domestic service actually WANT this unfortunate consequence?
Also, if illegal immigrant Mexicans get the cheap labor jobs, of which domestic services constitutes only one kind, what does THAT do to the employability of existing low-IQ segment of America's population? People need an IQ of at least 85 to graduate from high school. I calculate these approximate racial group percentages of the US population with IQ below 85, unable to graduate from high school or compete for the better jobs and mates:
- Caucasians 11%
- African Americans 7%
- Mexicans and other non-white Hispanics 7%
It would benefit America in the most ideal sense to import people from Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Northeastern China, and Skandinavia because they have the highest average IQ of all national groups. Unfortunately for Texas home-owners, such people do not willingly become domestic servants. Faced with such an obligation, they will simply stay in their home countries. Such immigrants want to become scientists, engineers, educators, attorneys, doctors, entrepreneurs, and leaders of business and society. You might ask your legislators why they don't set the low IQ limit of immigrants to 110 (the level needed to graduate from college), regardless of the nation of origin.
Furthermore, most of the smart Mexicans left Mexico a long time ago if they did not have ruling positions in society like those of finer Spanish ancestry have. Now, the USA receives more of the "dregs," including aboriginal tribal Mexicans who cannot even speak Spanish, much less English. California has over a quarter of a million of such tribal aborigines in its immigrant rolls. When these people get into legal problems, the courts have a hard time finding translators for them. Since they did not integrate well in Mexican society, they surely won't integrate well in the USA.
America also suffers from importing systemic, endemic corruption at every level of Mexican society, particularly government. This established practice has migrated into the USA with the arrival of millions upon millions of illegal immigrants. It encourages graft and corruption in local, state, and federal politics AND governments. It eats away at constitutional government like a malignant cancer tumor destroys the proper functions of the human body.
So the grand idea will sooner or later backfire on schemers like Debbie Riddle. And in the final analysis this question reigns supreme: why should anyone expect impoverished Mexicans to work an array of menial jobs in order to get by in the expensive Texas economy JUST because they have to skulk and hide from authorities?
Bob's Carefully Considered Verdict: NO
The raw truth of above observations pretty much rots holes in Debbie's PollyAnna notion of letting the Mexican domestic servants remain in the USA. It violates US immigration law, and greed motivates it. You might compare it to the way raw bleach would rot holes in those designer cowboy jeans she wears out on her ranch. It looks good at first blush, but on closer inspection, it looks bad, VERY bad.
My heart goes out to the Chiquitas and Pedros of America. However, I know that the net effect of their presence in the USA poses serious problems for the nation as a whole, and for border states in particular. Therefore, I say they must return to Mexico, regardless of how heartless it seems, if they have come to and stayed in the USA illegally.
Congress argued long and hard to come up with existing immigration laws. Everyone ought to obey them or change them through lawful political process.
Therefore, Vote NO on Debbie's bill.