Thursday, August 10, 2006

Here's an interesting article on immigration in rural Delaware, some of which probably applies to the midwest as well. For instance, according to the article, the reason the chicken processing industry is dominated by Hispanics isn't because the jobs are low paying, or dangerous, or anything like that. It's about retention and attrition: "Two decades ago, a plant would lose 10 to 15 percent of its workers per month--that is, at any given moment, most of the workers in a plant would have been hired in the past four or five months. This is how immigrants wound up dominating the poultry industry. It is not that corporations sought to unload their local workers wholesale and replace them with cheaper and harder-working ones. It is that every time a local worker quit, he was replaced by a Guatemalan who didn't".

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