Monday, March 7, 2011

Simple question to folks regarding illegal immigration.

Living in NM, a hot button topic is immigration, specifically undocumented individuals. One thing I've noticed over the years is that something to consider is that, in a way, our economy is somewhat dependent on illegal migrant workers. Since looking at a national level doesn't quite have much impact for most people, let's look at it on a more local level.

I have heard personally, from friends who live down in the Hatch area, that migrant workers are each generally paid about $2/hour to pick and process chile peppers. If the migrants were no longer there, the wages would go up to $7.50/hour each. That's a 375% increase in their overhead, that you bet your bippy they will have to pass on to the consumer.

Would you yourself be willing to pay 375% more for your green chile?

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