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  •  How many of those are legal residents, spanish- (2+ / 0-)
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    speaking Americans (they have skin as dark as any other relative from across the border)--just because Latinos often do labor of that type, does not mean the work crews are all "imported" at lower wages: if you live in California, or Florida, or Texas, or Illinois, you are probably making an ignorant comment.
     Now, there are pockets of construction work with subcontractors that exploit undocumented workers--often Spanish-speaking workers from across the Americas--but your comment sounds very condescending to someone like me, whose students fit your description quite often, and are Americans to the core, and often work in the building trades--where their bilingual abilities are quite handy.
    Many of the trades you listed require licenses--and these trade workers will speak Spanish, and do plumbing and electrical work that most of the people that recommended your comment would simply screw up.
    Yeah, your generalization smacks of ignorance: "Spanish-speaking" is not good shorthand for what you might legitimately be  talking about, and you should either apologize, or expand your comment into a decent description about an exploited group that is being used to undermine the wages of those Spanish-speakers in the building and hospitality trades--those citizens, those legal residents, and my other neighbors, those undocumented workers.
    Good heavens, what will we do with these Chinese-speaking/German-speaking/italian-speaking workers! Capish?

    The labor of a human being is not a commodity or article of commerce. Clayton Act, Section 6.

    by Ignacio Magaloni on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 11:43:01 AM PDT

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