I'm going to preface this with the fact that I am not racist or against immigration. I believe in laws and that they should be followed, by everyone, whether from this country or another.
Today I read an article about how Colin Powell says that he has proof immigrants are good because they fix his house. Now I had to step back and say, "Why can't Americans fix his house?"
Let's go back a few years, like 15. I remember hearing this crap when I was in high school. "Illegal immigrants do the jobs we don't want to." 15 years later (present day) we have a whole bunch of people who have heard that saying constantly for 15 years and now we believe it. So now we think of these jobs as too low for us. "We're Americans; we're too good for'that'job." I honestly feel that phrase,"Illegal immigrants do the jobs we don't want to." is one of the largestcontributorsto the downfall of our (American) society.
Why is it that we are too good to work on someone's car, garden, lawn, or house? Why is it we're too good to clean floors, work at a gas station, wash cars, or be in fast food?
Now I know companies that hire these people are just as much at fault as we are for not taking charge of our country and working these jobs. Most of these jobs used to be considered starter jobs, something to get your foot in the door. A way to get in with a company, make them recognize you and your talent, your hard work, and move up, maybe even to management. Now though, they are just too low for us. I did this at a pizza restaurant, starting out making pizza and working my way up to Assistant Manager. Could have gone farther, but I went to school because I didn't want to do that for the rest of my life.
I overheard some kids (16-18 I'm guessing) that were complaining they didn't have money to have fun, their parents wouldn't give them any, and they didn't want to lower themselves to work in fast food or at the food court at the mall. That made me sick. I started working in corn fieldsde-tasseling, then went on to work atHardeesand a local pizza place. Now I work in IT because I put myself through school working in these jobs that are too low for many people, adults and kids, these days. Where did this sense of entitlement come from? I supposethat'sa subject to discuss at a later time.
I wouldn't change anything I did for the world. I'm happy that I was able to get myself where I am because I put my nose to the grindstone and put myself there. I did those jobs that no one wants to do now, and it was one of the greatest times of my life. I encourage anyone who thinks they are too good for a job to reconsider. We have to change this mindset that we can't do these jobs as it has some fault in the state of our great country.