Immigrants — both legal and illegal — have accounted for all of the job gains in the U.S. labor market since 2000, according to a report that highlights the stiff competition for jobs in a tight economy as Congress debates adding more workers to the mix.
I suppose that explains what I have been seeing these last few months while involved with Dallas hospitals and skilled nursing centers.
And just what have I been seeing?
At a place as steeped in American tradition and culture as the Presbyterian Hospital complex in Dallas, one sees a substantial number of foreign doctors and nurses nowadays from places like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other equally far-off places.
At the skilled nursing center where my wife is recovering from her stroke, the great majority of nurses and nurses aides come from places like Nigeria, Nairobi, Ethiopia and other African nations.
The maintenance and cleanup crews appear to - and do - come from Cuba, Puerto Rico, South American countries like Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia, Brazil and Venezuela.
I'm positive that these immigrants - both legal and illegal -who have less than optimal training and work for less money than your typical American doctor, nurse, nurses aide, maintenance man or janitor, are not being hired in by these American institutions and their never greedy, bottom-line managers simply because they cost less to employ. It's probably that American high school and college graduates all want to be lawyers or bankers. or politicians, and have no desire to pursue a career that might possibly require real work.
As in many stores and restaurants across America, hearing spoken English in these places is becoming a rarity as these immigrants revert to their more comfortable native tongues to communicate, and when many of them to attempt English, it is often difficult to understand.
Well, at least now I know why. The federal government, in all its wisdom, is - and has been - providing transportation, financial support, housing and jobs to millions of foreigners, while encouraging us Americans to tolerate all this, continue to pay our increasing tax burden, and fend for ourselves
We Americans should be proud. As we shoot ourselves in the head, we are at least providing a modern, healthy and safe nation(at least for now) for the worlds less fortunate to flock to.