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Why Illegal Aliens Work Harder than Americans

April 22nd, 2009 · 13 Comments

Just the other day I was listening to a radio show discussion concerning “handouts.” The discussion revolved around whether or not people should be given handouts without any demands in return. Some guy called up to complain about the people in New Orleans being lazy after the hurricane (both black and white folks, according to the caller), and leaving all the rebuilding jobs to Mexican labor, much of which was illegal. He said that whenever he saw a crew working hard, he knew it was entirely Mexican, because Americans just don’t have the gumption to do hard work anymore.

It is beyond me why people can’t figure out why Mexicans are willing to work so much harder than Americans at the same jobs. It is directly related to the difference of cost of living between Mexico and America. What many Americans don’t understand is that a lot of Mexicans want to return home, and those that choose to stay in the US and become citizens can maintain dual nationality courtesy of Mexican law, so they can return at any time without any loss of privileges.

In 2007, the average daily wage in Mexico came out to about $16 US per day. That is $2/hour over a full workday. A Mexican illegal alien making $10/hour in America is making five times what the average Mexican worker does, and plenty of illegals make a lot more than that. A few years ago, an experienced Mexican roofer could earn about $25/hour here in the states.

For Americans, the national average wage in 2007 came out to $40,405.48. That’s about $20/hour. Now imagine there was some magical, wealthy country full of jobs for young American men. Let’s say the unskilled young men were offered $100/hour, and the skilled ones (carpenters, plumbers, etc.) well over $200/hour. These young men would jump at the opportunity to take these jobs, and would put up with substandard conditions, such as communal living in cramped quarters, without a second thought. They wouldn’t mind the idea of living under threat of a forced but free ride home, because they’d know that they could probably get back in if they wanted, and going home isn’t all that bad anyway. And of course they’d work hard to keep their jobs, because after just a year or two on the job they could buy a house back home with cash and return as one of the wealthier men in town. After five years or so making the equivalent of $400,000 per year roofing, a young man would be set for life! Even five years making $200,000 per year washing dishes would be swell — it would be like working for 25 years making the average national wage.

On the other hand, for the young American, $10 an hour in a major city will get him a crappy studio apartment, cheap shoes, a bicycle and a little left over for recreation in dive bars and the like. Even in the country $10 per hour is a downright lousy wage. Maybe enough to rent a trailer and buy a used pickup. What motivation does the young American have to go out in the hot sun, sweating and working in a dangerous occupation, when he’s guaranteed nothing but a miserably low status in his own home?

So whenever you hear someone talking about “jobs Americans won’t do,” just remember the above. It really blows my mind that people can’t figure out why Mexicans are so eager to work as hard as they do in America. I’d suggest that people go to Mexico and see how hard Mexicans scramble for jobs that pay $1.00 per hour, which is roughly the Mexican equivalent to making $10 per hour in the US. Somehow, I doubt they’d be such eager workers at that wage.

Of course, one could make the argument that the Mexican standard of living is lower overall, but it isn’t that much lower, and motivation has a whole lot to do with one’s perspective. Relative to what they could have had before in Mexico, they are getting paid like CEOs for doing manual labor. And American workers are simply losing any leverage they might have had to demand a living wage.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lukobe // Apr 22, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Great post. But — what’s the solution?

  • 2 Welmer // Apr 23, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Good question. The traditional solution – securing the border – would work, but it appears that America’s leaders no longer have the will to do so. The other “solution,” which I fear will eventually happen, is to allow the American standard of living to fall enough that the incentive to work here is greatly diminished.

  • 3 Eman // Apr 30, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Nobody seems to understand that we Whites spent the past 500 years working very hard to build up our countries and civilization so that we wouldn’t have to perpetually ‘work hard’ 24/7 – 365 just for basic survival and could spend more time learning/researching (getting more intelligent), socializing, being artistically creative, playing sports, and indulging in other pleasurable leisure activities.

    In short, Whites have already proven that they can work very, very hard – just look around at what we have already built and are still building and sustaining. We’ve done the work already – other ethnic/racial groups haven’t yet. Other ethnic/racial groups haven’t quite progressed to our level yet, and thus they still have a lot of hard work to do.

  • 4 MarkyMark // May 9, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Welmer,

    Another reason why Americans won’t do certain jobs is because Mexicans can AFFORD to work for $10/hr, whereas Americans can’t. Think about it; Mexicans get free medical and other benefits, benefits they don’t have to PAY for. Since they get various & sundry freebies, they can afford to take the jobs Americans can’t. It’s not that Americans aren’t willing to work hard; they can no longer AFFORD to…

    MarkyMark

  • 5 jeniferjavier // May 17, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    you know im writing an essay on mexican culture and i strongly believe that americans are just TO lazy and have too much pride to go out in a garden or dig a ditch. Im not mexican but ive grown up seeing them do just about anything to make a buck. from cutting grass for five bucks, to digging though the neighborhood recycle bins. mexican immigrants are the same as everyone else they deserve the SAME rights as a US citizen. they might get “free” medical but fuck if your going to keep complaining MOVE to mexico become a citizen to THEIR country!!! stop complaining and suck it up!!!

    JENIFER

  • 6 Chris Huff // Jul 8, 2009 at 10:59 am

    I agree with the article; save one piece of importance. Mexican living conditions are overall very radically inferior to American living conditions!

  • 7 michelle // Aug 15, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Jenifer why don’t you move to Mexico. those illegals are nothing but scum sucking cock roaches that are bleeding this country dry ! they can afford to make $10 cos they suck up all the welfare you idiot ! i am a single parent , a widow, and I have never made anything higher than $9, and i have managed to raise 3 children on that . I have worked in the fields and the factories and I am sick and tired of hearing that americans are lazy. we were getting along fine before the illegals came here looking for handouts. you take up for them cos you are sleeping with them. SO YOU GO TO MEXICO AND LAY AROUND WITH THEM. witch !!

  • 8 michelle // Aug 15, 2009 at 4:56 am

    AMERICANS ARE THE HARDEST WORKING PEOPLE ON THIS PLANET AND WE ARE TIRED OF GETTING KICKED AROUND. ILLEGALS ARE ONLY HERE TO SUCK THE WELFARE SYSTEM DRY, JUST LIKE A BUNCH OF COCK ROACHES, THEN WHEN IT’S ALL GONE, THEY WILL BE GONE. REMEMBER THE GRASS HOPPER PLAGUES IN THE PAST , THE GRASSHOPPERS INVADED AND CHEWED AND CHEWED UNTIL EVERY THING WAS NOTHING BUT A WASTE LAND AND THAT’S WHAT AMERICA IS GOING TO BE WHEN THE COCK ROACHES GET DONE WITH THE WELFARE SYSTEM. I HAVE HEARD MEXICANS LAUGH ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING THE THE U.S. THEY SAY, WE GOT IT MADE. WE MAKE THE GOOD MONEY, WE SEND IT HOME TO MEXICO AND THEN WE GET WELFARE TOO. THEY LAUGH AT THE AMERICANS CLOTHES AND OUR CARS WHILE THEY ARE LIVING HIGH OFF THE HOG. IT’S TIME FOR AMERICANS TO TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS.

  • 9 Ronduck // Oct 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    This is a good post Welmer, it shows one of the countless reasons this country is so screwed. I do have one question for you: have you heard of the book Civil War 2? Have you read it?

  • 10 Shay Sanapaw // Oct 28, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I’m going to agree with a few people on this. I’m a Menominee Indian in Wisconsin on my reservation in keshena. We have it hard he as well, we are living like most americans. The way of white people have corrupted mine. Everything is way too easy, and drugs are everywhere. I know what i am talking about when i say i know how the immigrants feel. I would go to another country and make money that is more easily earned than in my own. All you people that say mexicans are “cock roaches” that are sucking everything dry, are wrong. You’s are hypocrites because you know damn well that if there was another country near by that was easy to get in and easy to make money for your family, you would do it. That’s the same reason why they do it. They want to make money for their family because their own government isn’t the greatest. It isn’t their fault. You don’t know how hard they have it for real, they struggle all day long, and aren’t lazy. Which americans are. You can PHYSICALLY see it! Everyday you can see americans that are fat! They don’t get off their asses and work like mexicans do! Mexicans have pride, and they know what work should be like! Manual labor to build character in people. You don’t see any fat mexicans right? Actually most are built because they get off their asses and work! They don’t use america to drain it because they’re evil, they just want the best for their families!

  • 11 elisa // Nov 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I was driving through a small town in Southern LA and saw two people doing landscaping work. One was white and looked like he was a crack or Meth addict. He looked like just plain trash. He was moving slow and acted like he hated his work. The second man was a Mexican who looked like he had lots of respect for his work and in himself. He may have been illegal, but I do not care. The landscaping job seemed like it needed to get done and the nice looking Mexican Man looked like he was working twice as fast.

    We need the Mexicans, legal or illegal, no difference. The work needs to get done!

    Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/illegal-immigration/448842-arent-hard-working-mexicans-better-than.html#ixzz0WKQ8R1R0

  • 12 Cecelia // Feb 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Well Eman: you whites spent 500 years building a country that never belonged to you in the first place. You whites came to America and killed the Indians who had a right to be here. So when you get on your white horse, why not ride it all the way to where your people really came from and work in that country.

  • 13 Kanzanastan // Mar 4, 2010 at 5:19 am

    “Think about it; Mexicans get free medical and other benefits, benefits they don’t have to PAY for. ”

    Source?

    I was under the impression that illegals are entitled only to emergency care unless the local hospital district allows free non-emergency care.

    “Jenifer why don’t you move to Mexico. those illegals are nothing but scum sucking cock roaches that are bleeding this country dry ! they can afford to make $10 cos they suck up all the welfare you idiot ! ”

    Those illegals are people who want to have more money for their families. Who can blame them? They are bleeding US high school dropouts dry, but the college educated aren’t affected.

    Also illegals do not qualify for most forms of welfare.

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