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Old 10-26-2007, 07:08 AM
 
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But I have never quite understood the part about how the Mexicans are taking American jobs. I would think that an American should be able to sucessfully compete for that job, what with superior language skills and all. Then again, I have never known an American that lost his job to a Mexican or applied for a job that was given to a Mexican.

They take the jobs where "superior language skills" aren't necessary. So, basically any blue collar position.

If you've never known someone whose job was either a) taken away or b) devalued wage-wise because of an influx of cheaper labor, your perspective on the "effects" of illegal immigration will be skewed positive and will be based only on what your media of choice provides you. Therefore, it should be taken with a grain of salt, IMO.
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:53 PM
 
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[quote=TriMT7;1835040] They take the jobs where "superior language skills" aren't necessary. So, basically any blue collar position.

I didn't necessarily mean just language skills. Wouldn't the American blue collar worker otherwise have competition advantages even in a skilled-labor, free- market? Wouldn't superior language and cultural skills give the American the advantage, even if skill levels were equal?

If it is just a question of pay levels, it would seem to me that raising the minimum wage would be a quick, equitable and xenophoia-free solution.
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