Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Illegal aliens fired for skipping work!

Only in America would this story be news! From the Detroit (aka "New Fallujah") newspaper:
A manager at a Detroit meatpacking plant said Monday that 15 immigrant women were fired last month after attending a protest for immigrant rights. He said they had been told that they would be terminated if they missed work on the day of the protest.
Herrada and about 20 union officials went Monday to Wolverine Packing Co. offices on Rivard to inquire about what happened. They were given a letter signed by general manager Jay Bonahoom, explaining why the workers were terminated.
Some of the Wolverine workers were undocumented, Herrada and one of the workers said, and wanted to march in the Detroit rally to show their support for immigrant rights. ("Undocumented", as you know, is the more P.C. term for "illegal"! - Ed.)
Bonahoom said that as far as Wolverine knows, the workers were documented, but an employment agency does the actual hiring. He said the workers had been told, "written and verbally," on the Friday before the protests that their attendance was mandatory on the day of the protest.
But the workers say they were treated wrongly.

"It was not fair," said Mercedes, a 31-year-old Detroit woman who attended the rally and was fired. "We went to fight for our rights." Mercedes is undocumented and asked that her last name not be used.
Let's get a few observations out of the way, shall we?

1. The boss said come to work, or else. The workers refused. Case closed. If you or I do that, we get canned. And according to "Mercedes", this expectation is "unfair"? "We work hard...except when we skip work!"

2. The irony is just scrumptious, isn't it? An illegal alien complaining about "unfair" treatment by an employer for whom she shouldn't even be working? She's right: it is unfair...she should have been fired AND deported!

3. The staffing agency should be punished to the fullest extent of the law for hiring these illegal aliens in the first place! In the event that the staffing agency did their due diligence and got the proper paperwork (but ID's or papers or signatures were forged by the illegal aliens), then the illegal aliens have broken yet more laws, haven't they? I thought they were just a bunch of "law-abiding" (except for those pesky immigration laws) average Josés who wanted to play by the rules (except for those pesky immigration rules)?

4. Try this: go speeding down the nearest interstate or highway, and tell the cop who pulls you over that you feel the speed limit is inadequate and you just decided to ignore the limit until Congress decides to address the issue. After all, you're just a normal guy/gal who otherwise obeys the law! That approach will go over as well as a fart in church with your police friend!

5. Finally, let's get this straight: if you are a legal immigrant, why are you complaining? The laws we have and hope to pass don't apply to you, so how about a nice big glass of "Shut the Hell Up" Juice? Why would you want to play by the rules to come here legally, and then turn around and fight for people who think YOU are a sucker because YOU came here the right way?