Do Mexican Immigrants Take Jobs Away From American Teens?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are Argentines the Mexicans of South America?

DEAR MEXICAN: So, I walked into Carl's Jr. the other day and gazed at the dozen middle-aged women of Mexican descent hustling and bustling around a kitchen. A flawless performance, yet I couldn't help but think of my days as a youth and the responsibility I learned from my first job. Do you think the youth of today have had less of a chance to procure a decent work ethic because most of today's minimum-wage jobs are occupied by immigrants (both legal and illegal)? Put simply: If I lived a stone's throw away from Canada, and their minimum wage was $14 per hour, I might go there to work and send all the money back to my family in the U.S. But I wouldn't think it was right.

The Mick

DEAR MICK: Blaming Mexicans for the flojo-ness of millennials? That's the latest cant of Know Nothings, especially during the Great Recession. And, for once, it's based on facts: Last year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that employment for 16-to-19-year-olds is at the lowest level since World War II, when we used to send said lazy teenagers to fight Hitler and Hirohito. But now we get to the issue the Right never wants to acknowledge in its rants: capitalism. It's not the immigrants who told companies to depress wages and break unions to hire them; that's the captains of industry seeking to make as much money as possible. It's not the immigrants who force consumers to buy from rapacious corporations; that's all on the plates of gabachos who want the cheapest products possible. And it's not a fair system, but it ain't the immigrants who insist on free-market capitalism—that's all America, chulo. Finally, spare us your hypothetical fretting about taking away jobs from others—your mick ancestors sure as hell didn't care when they were robbing jobs from the Dutch.

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DEAR MEXICAN: I am a gabacha who lives in LA. My aunt, whom I love, is from Argentina—despite that, she spends mucho energy going on and on about how her ancestors settled there from France, and therefore, she is actually white. (While I don't have access to her ancestry.com profile, she and her children look as brown as many of the Mexicans I know.) Recently, her son has been applying for jobs and is getting turned down, which he blames on "all the quotas" there are for hiring people of color. Is it just my aunt and her kids, or do all Argentineans take pains to distance themselves from the rest of Latin America? I also don't get why, if my cousin really thinks quotas are the reason people are getting hired, he doesn't play the race card and identify as "Hispanic," since he could legitimately do so? Sorry, I know your expertise is on Mexico and not Argentina, but there is no ¡Ask an Argentine! column for me to write to.

A Proud American

Dear Gabacha: Quickly, your aunt and cousin are deluded. Even though I ain't a carajo, I know enough about them to qualify as an expert—I once nearly dated one, I think Cerati is God, and my compañera Aura Bogado blasts Know Nothings away over at The Nation and Colorlines. And while Argentineans do think they're superior to all Latinos, what Latinos don't? I've always felt bad for them—from Perón to the Dirty War to Menem to Messi not being able to do anything during the World Cup, their string of bad luck makes them the Mexicans of the pampas, with chimichurri instead of salsa and men who are far more fey.

 
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chrisroofener
chrisroofener

this country is fucking disgusting with the way they let spics into my country. and these ugly fat women who marry these disgusting spics only because no white man will touch her and have these nasty little babies that end up fucking my country up. 

Shoogi
Shoogi

Hey, stop shitting on the lettuce in the field and making us sick.

mjh1262
mjh1262

Imprter 5: Immigrants are taking the jobs teens were able to have years ago, I know I used to work for Carl's Jr. as a youth still in high school. That's why an education is more imprtant now than then. 

lmporter5
lmporter5

Immigrants are taking jobs from American teens. When I was young, a fifteen year old could get a summer job at McDonalds. Now middle age adults are working these same jobs--granted they do a better job than teens because they are adults (plus no one beats Mexicans at food service). I wish we could stop pretending that all immigration is good and that it benefits everyone. Anyone one who says so is dishonest.

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Turn all the Carl's, McDonalds, Taco Bells, etc into In-N-Outs so the pinche hueros can stop bitching.

hperez03
hperez03

Tavo,

Quiza sea mejor que no seas Gaucho en vez de Carajo

saenzpop
saenzpop

Wtf? What the fuck is this? Are you for real? This is a real news site? Are you fucking serious?

rame_gra
rame_gra

Dear STOPTHERECONQUISTA:  Anyone who gets a fake ID knows it's fake the FIRST time they try to you it. To bad the ID seller has beat a hasty retreat.  The IRS will tell anyone who asks that an ITIN will get you N*O*T*H*I*N*G but a big fat zero!  If you're talking about the USA, say the USA!  This entire continent is America and everybody else (Canada, Mexico and South America) is tired of us using it exclusively!  (pinche puto pendejo)

PaulyWalnuts
PaulyWalnuts

I have no problem with the workers working at odd hours for little pay. Hats off and much respect for there work ethic. People that say that they are taking jobs away.Those jobs have been there since day one.

fc2479
fc2479

E-Verify....please use it....dry up the jobs and illegals will go home...self deport...

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

American teens don't fake SS#s and tax returns claiming the EIC (thus getting $5000 in cash each year instead of actually paying income taxes). Nor do they punch out babies by the millions which middle class US tax payers get to pay for.....to the tune of $250,000 each for education, food stamps, Med-I-Cal etc etc. (add it up....it's hundreds of billions of dollars). In-N-Out seems to do just fine hiring AMERICAN teens....they just happen to pay a couple dollars more each hour. I'd rather see that model repeated industry wide.....instead of having 30 million illegals 'legalized' for jobs Americans 'won't' do. ......particularly considering these actually are jobs Americans would do. STOP THE RECONQUISTA.

grvz5247
grvz5247

Gustavo again another good article. American teens are lazy, they miss alot of work, they talk crap and bitch about the job and then they put mocos and spit on food. No boss or business owner wants to deal with that.

Some argentinians do think that there the shit and from europe they think that there better than everyone else which is really funny. And everyone knows that the argentinians cheated on the world cups that they have won, and they know it. You can see the guilt in them.  But I still support them in going to war with britain so that they get there malvinas back! Death to the british! 


Berto
Berto

As of June 2013 unemployment rate for all teens is 24%, all blacks 13.7%, latinos 9.1%.  So yes the latinos are getting employed at the expense of teens particularly black teens.  But then again since black teens are often shot by police and now the latinos are catching up in this area.  So while they may be taking your job, their also taking your bullet.  Orale!

sylviassilva
sylviassilva

All I have to say is that I am a pround mexican american and my daughter who is mexican american is a manager at a fast food resturant and made mananger, not because of her race becuause of her hard work.  I am an educated hispanic women in my late 40's and from what i've seen in today's youth. they are LAZY period.... They rather be on a cell phone then working, we need a working society not dumb asses who just dont want to earn a paycheck... MY advise for today's youth and common sense is " TURN THE DAMN CELL PHONE OFF" AND GET TO WORK""..

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@TheRefriedMexican Yes. Persons of Color are few at In 'n Out. I see a few Asian kids, a very small smattering of blacks, but very few hispanics. How did that happen?

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

@rame_gra furthermore....the point is...if American teens worked fast food jobs instead of illegal immigrants, (like at In-N-Out) we wouldn't have millions of anchor babies....which are used to collect massive welfare. Anyone who's done tax returns KNOWS these are used as dependents and shared amongst families to maximize the cash credits they get. I've seen it first hand. Even kids that no longer live in the US....and my middle class taxes pay for it all. Not to mention...dreamers get access to college GRANTS (cal grants) that my children can't get because middle class parents 'make too much'. So my kids finish college with massive student loan debt....but dreamers get grants.....SO MY TAXES PAID FOR THEIR COLLEGE. A SICK TRAGIC SLAP IN THE FACE TO AMERICANS. after all, you don't punish the children for the crimes of their illegal parents....for illegals....YOU PUNISH OTHER PEOPLES CHILDREN. 

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

@rame_gra nice language loser. "This entire continent is America and everybody else (Canada, Mexico and South America)"....that sentence doesn't make sense (I'll let you figure it out). Quit whining. Americans is a slang term for citizens of the 'United States of America' and ONLY these citizens 'the united states' only refers to the states in our republic....what other nation in the Western Hemisphere uses the word 'America' in it's official name? Only ours. The slang word Mexicans is used for citizens of the Mexican Republic. If people south of our border can't understand that simple concept...god help us all (I've NEVER heard a Canadian whine about this). 

-paulc-
-paulc-

@fc2479 ok, then what?  There will be a void of jobs left, that, White Americans do not want.  Who is going fill these jobs?  Lazy teens?  You, Poor people?  Who?

Innocentgangster
Innocentgangster

You are right about In&Out but nobody wraps a bean burrito at 2 AM faster or better than a border jumper. Those teens will be earning more than the illegals before they turn 20 so let them enjoy their teen years

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

@sylviassilva true.....if there were jobs for them they might learn a good work ethic. ...but 40 year old unskilled laborers take all the low paying jobs.

hperez03
hperez03

@STOPTHERECONQUISTA @rame_gra,

How misinformed and ignorant you are, you must get all your facts from Fox News and the Republican party which says it all you attack those that can't defend themselves with lies and innuendos and call it the truth when it fact the truth is the complete opposite you must also think GZ was innocent and TM was guilty as those jurors in Fl, right?

leoqaf
leoqaf

@STOPTHERECONQUISTA @rame_gra  I have heard Canadians, Latinamericans and even Europeans whine about this, because you know what is confusing? Having a continent called America AND a country that insists in calling itself America too.

By the way, who's confused about Mexico's name?

hperez03
hperez03

@STOPTHERECONQUISTA @rame_gra ,

Your lack of knowledge is incredible for your information the official name of Mexico is Estados Unidos Mexicanos de Norteamerica but everyone there chose to just call it Mexico if you are going to write an opinion have your facts straight  as usual people with small minds like yolurs think is whinning it is not whinning is a fact besides the official name of Mexico came much sooner then the one of the USA so who is whinning now!

 

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

@-paulc- @fc2479 Maybe less fast food would be good for the country. we can mow our own lawns. we survived before they came....we'll survive after they're gone.

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

@hperez03 @STOPTHERECONQUISTA @rame_gra GZ is a prick and was looking for trouble. according to the law he was not guilty....according to me, our laws are in a bad place when a 17yr old kid gets killed this way. as far as the cost of investing in families that are led by illegals...those are facts. they earn poverty wages, so my middle class taxes end up investing in them...not in my family where it should be. legal immigrants are our problem. as Americans, we have a right to say 'ENOUGH'.

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

@hperez03 @STOPTHERECONQUISTA @rame_gra wrong again I'm afraid. do more research. The name has been confusing since before the area won it's independence. In fact, a bill just went to the mexican congress to just name it Mexico. seems that's the name they like. put your anti-American bs away.

 
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