On the Cost of Illegal Immigration; and Cold Showers

People talk about the costs of illegal immigration on our society. What about the savings? Has there been any research into how much more a meal at a restaurant would cost without Mexicans cooking and washing dishes? What percentage increase would we see with supermarket produce if migrant illegal laborers were paid a fair wage?
El Mojado Acaudalado

There are some studies out there, but the ones most publicized are usually authored by Know-Nothing groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Center for Immigration Studies, and their stats and findings are as twisted as the trenzas on a fine Mexican lass. Conversely, the ones stating the Reconquista is fab usually originate from Aztlanistas, so one must proceed with caution around the bevy of papers on the subject. The hard, boring stats: Out of the 2.2 million U.S. farms counted in the 2007 Census of Agriculture, only a quarter reported hiring workers. And out of the 1.42 million farmworkers reported in the Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey, foreign-born Mexicans make up only 35 percent of the population, and just 10 percent of the food preparation and service industry. A 2006 report by the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture found that nearly 39 percent of every dollar spent on food en los Estados Unidos went to labor costs. Conclusion: Any pay raise for illegals toiling in the factories in the fields and kitchens would undoubtedly affect the bottom line of farmers and restaurateurs, which would force them to raise prices to recoup the cost — but probably not as much as we'd like to so Know-Nothings could shut up once and for all.

For the past 15 years, I've been periodically working en el campo of southern Veracruz, with both local campesinos and Mexican academics from the cities. After an incredibly hot, sweaty day in the sun, all I want to do is take a cold shower immediately. My Mexican colleagues (both rural and from the city) refuse to take a shower for at least a couple of hours so that their bodies cool down. When asked, they state that a cold shower when you're hot is very unhealthy and may even lead to sudden death. Now, my ancestry is northern European and I've always experienced that there is nothing more invigorating than jumping in an ice-cold pool of water while being extremely hot, like say, after being in a sauna. Is this hot-plus-cold-equals-death idea I've encountered in Veracruz widespread throughout Mexico? Is there a history of Mexicans dying from cold showers? What's the basis for this? Or is this just due to the fact that I'm not caliente enough, as my Mexican friends say?
Wanna-be Jarocho

I found a 1964 study from the Journal of Applied Physiology that discovered taking an ice-cold shower substantially increases blood pressure and pulse rate — but you knew this. Some people like that rush, but others know that putting instant stress on your cardiovascular system isn't the wisest of decisions. Mexican men know this, so they avoid las regaderas for a bit. But the more important reason for not taking showers so soon is because hombres also know that sweat contains pheromones, and we will use any possible angle to get into a woman's chonis.

 
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james
james

savings at what cost? Does cheap labor really benifit us or does it cost us. If a Ugly company wants to hire people to take advantage of a human Is that a company we want in our community?

Mike
Mike

I would gladly pay the small differance at my resterant food store to stop "Illegal" imagration. The jobs that are robbed from our High School Collage students in more important than the few pennys save by Illegal imagrant workers.

Jim Miller
Jim Miller

I'll gladly pay more ... KEEP ALL ILLEGALS OUT !!! (and by illegals I do not refer to only those from Mexico...I refer to illegals from all over)

William Morris
William Morris

So, we pay a little more for groceries...We have 3 generations of illegals with 50% still using Social Services here, we spend $800,000,000 a year to feed and house illegal criminals in California prisons. Gangs of illegals freely roam our streets, illegals stealing our cars, robbing our homes, murdering our citizens, raping our children and women, freely using our medical services, and making babies that we pay for. How long and how many generations of gang bangers do we need to see blossom before we wake up?Build the wall, deport them, protect American citizens--that is the first job of government--the rule of law means nothing to them--they ought to be ashamed!

I think in the end, we'll more than recoup what ever difference there is for farm labor and our quality of life will be so much better.

flgirl
flgirl

I will be happy to either grow my own tomatoes, pay more for them or go without them if it means illegals being deported.

flgirl
flgirl

I will be happy to either grow my own tomatoes, pay more for them or go without them if it means illegals being deported.

 
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