I know I promised to write about homosexuality next, but this issue is distracting me and I need to comment on it.
Maquiladoras are something that seems to have left the political discourse in our current discussions of issues of immigration and our relationship with latino/a people both in and out of the US.
Basically, us companies contract with offshore firms that run these factories. so at orion apparel, a company owned by south korean's, apparel is made for eddie bauer, gap, or osh kosh. These companies are subcontracting and so they are technically not employing these people, usually women, and thus not liable basically for their slavery system.
How is it slavery? aren't they paid?
At orion apparel, in 1999 the hourly wage was 33 cents an hour. that means that a days wage could buy a can of soup and a can of spam. A DAYS WAGE. that is at not us costs, this was at the costs the workers were paying. These people work as indentured servants in places like juarez. Girls as young as thirteen leave school so that their families can make enough money to leave. The shirts they make sell for about 20 dollars, at the speed they make them, that means that they recieve twelve cents on each shirt.
How can any rational human being write this off as just the cost of business, or what there people need to move forward or be successful in the world economy? racism. there is no other explanation. perhaps greed, or nihilism. kids can work as long as 18 hours just to make ends meet. and meanwhile, international conglomerates make millions off this practice. they are abused, yelled at, manipulated, and are fired if they organize in any kind of labor solidarity.
so what does this have to do with immigration?
IF YOU THINK YOU WOULDN'T BREAK ANY LAW KNOWN TO MAN TO ESCAPE THIS OPPRESSIVE HELL OF A SITUATION YOU ARE LYING.
Perhaps, and this is just a theory I have, perhaps if we stopped sucking the labor and resources of latin america, asia, and other places into our own country, maybe they would be less interested in coming here? until we own up to our century or more of oppression of the global south we have no right to blame people for wnating to get here illegally. the racism fueling current discussions of the immigration issue should shame us all