Over the years of labor and worker reforms, we believe that across the world, workers are treated properly. However, just minutes away from the Rio Grande, there are workers struggling to make money for their families and forced to work in terrible conditions in our advanced society.
Living in a border city I have experienced firsthand how undocumented immigrants are taken advantage of. As of right now they are still suffering, trying to support their families with jobs that pay very little and require an immense amount of effort.
For example, it was found that every box a worker packs is worth $3, meaning that every day from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., workers struggle to make at least $24 for eight boxes of hard work. Not only are they paid improperly, but they work with uncomfortable to painful harvesting of foods and unfair job expectations.
Workers pray for good weather, as every morning their jobs depend on it.
The women of these fields struggle even worse with sexual harassment from other workers, and these situations are handled improperly.
With today’s immigration laws, these immigrants simply prefer to stay away from the law as there is a possibility of being deported or even worse, being separated from their children.
These immigrants migrate because they believe that like many before them, their dreams will come true while giving their families a shot at a better life.
I humbly ask The Monitor to shed light on the issue, which we are all very aware of but many times choose to turn a blind eye. Undocumented immigrants should not be seen as social leeches but as people doing what has been done for generations: supporting the U.S.
Another look at immigration
Immigration has been an important subject in the Rio Grande Valley for some time. According to the Texas Tribune, around 133,000 illegal immigrants have tried to cross the southwest border. This issue has become so great that even the president of the United States has traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in order to talk about it.
It is not a surprise that he didn’t get a warm welcome.
First and foremost, immigration is not something new in the Valley, and for the most part everyone in the Valley agrees that not all Mexicans are rapists or drug dealers. For the most part illegal immigrants who leave everything behind do it in order to obtain a better life for themselves or their families.
Many Mexican Americans have heard the stories of the older generation’s struggles living in Mexico and how moving was just as difficult, but eventually they pulled through and became good U.S. citizens.
Secondly, one of the effects that immigration has on the Rio Grande Valley and in other places too is money. Many citizens believe that Mexicans are just stealing their jobs. However, they are only taking jobs that others are not willing to take; for example, janitor and other life-threatening jobs. Not to mention that illegal immigrants work in some of the worst possible conditions and for little money.
In order to try and solve the problem of immigration, politicians should try and look at the problem from another angle in order to try and satisfy most of the people without affecting this country that was built with sweat and blood of many.