I work with illegal immigrants every day. I have no problem with them trying to make a better life for their families. With that being said, they knew they were illegal before they got here. They know they are illegal while they are here. You deal with the consequences of the actions you choose to do. The business owners who chose to hire them are fully aware what they are doing is illegal. Both sides should be made to pay the consequences.
As someone who is privy to the pay of some of these cooks, the general public would be mildy shocked to see what some of these guys make. For instance, I know one chef/ owner who has had the same guys in his kitchens for 3 years. These "illegals" who he claims so much respect for are maxing out at $9/ hr.
And for those who say " what about their families"? If you do not want your family to deal with the repercussions of your actions then maybe you should not live on the wrong side of the law. Anyone crying for the drug dealer who doesn't have any sort of education, but slangs dope? Nope. His home life is probably fucked up, but he wants better for himself.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
Powered by Foundation