We now have one facet who has used George Orwell’s novel 1984 as a street map for his or her foray into energy. Unending wars, newspeak, and the fixed lies that depart us completely outraged.
“Who controls the previous controls the longer term. Who controls the current controls the previous.” — George Orwell, 1984
We see, and listen to it with the phrases of Appearing Citizenship and Immigration Companies Director Ken Cuccinelli:
“‘Give me your drained and your poor who can stand on their very own two ft and who won’t develop into a public cost.”
Altering the phrases to Emma Lazarus’ poem, “The New Colossus,” he’s altering the very which means of the promise this nation has all the time represented to the remainder of the world:
…“Maintain, historic lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your drained, your poor,
Your huddled plenty craving to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Ship these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I elevate my lamp beside the golden door!”
The promise, whereas our nation has by no means really lived as much as it, has all the time been that we’re all created equal, and that we are going to take the individuals in that nobody else needs. When my nice grandparents arrived at Ellis Island, they got here with nothing. Most of our ancestors got here right here with not more than the garments on their backs, and in lots of instances, lower than that. Immigrants to our nation have all the time been handled poorly. Doing the roles that nobody else would do, typically residing in squalid residing circumstances. That has not modified at this time.
In a current ICE raid in Mississippi, 680 undocumented immigrants had been arrested.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement brokers swept by way of seven work websites in six cities throughout Mississippi on Wednesday, arresting roughly 680 individuals the company stated had been undocumented immigrants in what officers stated is the biggest single-state office enforcement motion in U.S. historical past.
The raids focused agricultural processing vegetation, a part of a year-long investigation into unlawful employment of immigrants within the state, officers stated. They didn’t say what number of people they had been focusing on within the operations, nor what quantity of these taken into custody had been what ICE calls “collateral” arrests — those that had been swept up together with these ICE was looking for.
ICE performing director Matthew Albence stated at a information convention in Jackson, Miss., that a few of these arrested will probably be prosecuted for crimes, others will probably be swiftly deported, and a few will probably be launched pending immigration court docket hearings.
Not a single hiring supervisor or firm government was arrested for hiring undocumented staff. It also needs to be famous, particularly for the “They’re taking our jobs crowd,” that solely 100 candidates confirmed up at a job truthful held virtually instantly after the the raids.
The job hopefuls expressed skepticism that the poultry vegetation would be capable to discover sufficient staff to interchange the roles worn out within the ICE raids. “There are 680 jobs that had been misplaced, and there usually are not 680 individuals right here,” stated Hailey Brewer, 26.
It also needs to be famous that these jobs are brutal, onerous, and low-paying.
On a muggy August morning, black, white and Latino job candidates filed out and in of the Win job middle, a nondescript workplace constructing the place staff can apply for jobs and unemployment advantages. Some individuals had by no means labored at a rooster plant, and others had been trying to return to the trade, drawn by hourly wages starting from $9.20 to $12, nicely above the minimal wage of $7.25.
The Washington Submit article notes that the minimal wage in the US is embarrassingly low—at $9.20 to $12 an hour—whereas above the minimal wage remains to be under the poverty line and remains to be an extremely low wage for such harmful work.
Work at a poultry plant may be messy and harmful. Staff with previous and present expertise at meatpacking vegetation describe ugly scenes from the “stay cling” line, the place chickens are slaughtered, of chook feces and blood splattering on their faces. Staff typically need to work in frigid rooms, and errors with the slicing gear may be deadly.
One would wish $12.37 an hour for a household of 4 to fulfill the poverty line, and that’s assuming no unpaid time without work for 52 weeks. In Mississippi, the place these raids befell, you would wish $14.43 an hour to lease a two bed room dwelling for your loved ones of 4. Is it any marvel why individuals are not pounding on the gates to get considered one of these jobs? Is it any marvel why vegetation like this prey on undocumented immigrants?
Executives and managers have little to worry. They possible know the documentation they run by way of E-Confirm is falsified. However with out worry of prosecution, they proceed to rent undocumented staff who’re the one ones who will work these low-paying, harmful jobs. Then when the people who find themselves being exploited by these corporations get deported by ICE, these corporations will simply do the identical factor over again. As a result of it’s cheaper to use immigrant labor than it’s to enhance plant circumstances and pay a residing wage that may entice a workforce that was comprised of Americans.
Which brings us again to, “All white males who personal property and have a sure degree of revenue are created equal.” You’ll be able to wager that we are going to by no means see the homeowners and managers of those workplaces be punished for hiring undocumented immigrants. However the individuals who got here right here for a greater life for themselves and their kids, who work onerous each single day could have their households ripped aside. They’ll pay the worth for the hubris of those wealthy white males who will exploit anybody they will to make a buck—then they may blame the very individuals they’re exploiting as being the issue.