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GeneStoner 2
I wonder if Jamie Fox was as racist back then as he is now?
Posted by GeneStoner on February 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM · Report this
treacle 3
The labor market may be "healing" faster for immigrants, but almost doubtless the jobs being created are low-wage positions. Neoliberal serfdom, ahoy!
Posted by treacle on February 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM · Report this
We need a Pathway to Visas.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM · Report this
Fnarf 5
@3, the upper end referred to is the H1-B visa crowd, the very highly-paid tech engineers, mostly Indians. There are a lot of them over in Redmond.
Posted by Fnarf on February 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM · Report this
lark 6
Indeed, not particularly good news. I was just served breakfast at a Subway and the person who prepared it was definitely a recent immigrant. Good on her.

However, with the immigration debate raging and Congress or Microsoft considering allowing more immigrants for high end jobs too, it seems the American workforce is being "squeezed". May be that's an exaggeration. But, I am seeing more immigrants in high end (physicians, engineers etc.) and now low end jobs (service industries like fast food & cab drivers). It remains gloomy for the American worker. Last time I checked the UR is 7.9 %.
Posted by lark on February 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM · Report this

In Puerto Villarta I went ziplining. The guy who ran the place, in his early 30s, told me that he had a wife and two kids. She settled in Portland with them and told him to go back to Mexico because he had some legal issues and didn't want him in a US prison when he could earn money in Mex. In Puerto there are more jobs than people and many work two or three jobs, 14 hours a day..even children work, 2 hours, legally.

He told me about his border crossing over the Rio Grande, about trying to help a grandmother across who decided ultimately she could not make it, but take care of her daughter.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM · Report this
I can't see the link but if I recall correctly the Hedleys were the hard working Jamaican couple with scores of jobs. Hilarious.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on February 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 11
@5 is correct.
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 19, 2013 at 11:42 AM · Report this
eclexia 12
I lived on St. Croix for a while in the 80's. The Hedleys were amazingly spot-on. None of the folks had just one job. Everybody went out driving taxi cabs at night. There was no worse insult than "lazy".

Tourists in the Caribbean might not realize how they look to the locals. Lying around, drinking, wearing shorts in public.... They'll take your money, but underneath the smile, they think you're a horrible person.
Posted by eclexia on February 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM · Report this
@3 I think the disappearance of middle income jobs has more to do with Google than it does w/ neoliberalism, T. There used to be these people called 'travel agents' who you went to when you wanted to buy an airplane ticket. Now you just click-click-click to Many middle income white collar workers have been replaced by computers in the last 20 years.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on February 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM · Report this
Fnarf 14
@13, which is especially stupid because even a mediocre travel agent can get you a better deal than Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, etc. Smart online shoppers can do all right, but it'll take you so many hours for every dollar you save you'll work an hour -- not a good wage.
Posted by Fnarf on February 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM · Report this
This is kind of a moronic posting by Mudede as he doesn't qualify the data: when the jobs are going to primarily scab workers, or foreign visa workers, with the H1-B's at the supposed high end while O-1s, P-1s, P-2s, P-3s, etc., are at the other end.

Please, always qualify the data!!!!!!
Posted by sgt_doom on February 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
Well, there are L-2 also, but ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM · Report this

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