A Day Without A Mexican

In 2004, Sergio Arau directed and release A Day Without A Mexican. It is a pretty good movie where all of the latino population disappears in California. Chaos and comedy ensues.

Now, it appears that Life is about to mimic Art.

Personally, I don’t think most of the population has any idea how reliant the United States is upon immigrant labor. Looking at the food chain, everything from New York’s top restaurants to the behemoth meat packing plants to many of the fresh veggies at the farmer’s market or in the grocery store all rely upon immigrant, often latino and often paid well below minimum wage, labor.

Monday has the potential to be a very interesting day.

5 Responses to “A Day Without A Mexican”

  1. Daniel Jalkut says:

    This life imitating art has occurred at least once before. In San Francisco a couple years ago I distinctly remember a “day without latinos,” or something along those lines. Almost all the stores in my neighborhood (the Mission) were closed. It was really powerful!

  2. Cameron Hayne says:

    Another movie about the dependence on (illegal) immigrants (in London, England) is Dirty Pretty Things – I recommend it.

  3. Dan Grassi says:

    Is it a good thing that we have become so dependent on illegal and under paid immigrants?

  4. Dad says:

    Wrong again son.
    Problem is not immigrants, the problem is “ILLEGAL” aliens subverting our economy and the “business” people who use them.
    Think about this, Mom was in the hospital & her bill was $29,332.30, which her insurance pays for. When an illegal alien goes in the hospital they do not pay one dime & the cost is passed on to you & me. Hospital policy is to treat everyone. I ain’t got no problem with legal immigrants, but illegals should be hauled back from whence they came & the people who employ them should be put in jail for 6 months to a year for 1st offence & 3 years for more offences plus fined.
    And where is my birthday gift? Oh, you probably gave it to an illegal alien to bring to me.

  5. bbum says:

    Your response doesn’t actually make any sense.

    You say hospital policy is to treat everyone and then turn around and imply that, somehow, illegal aliens are the source of rising medical costs. Huh? Millions of legal american citizens have no health insurance and would be treated at the very same hospital with that cost being passed on to the rest of us, one way or another. Citizenship status of patient has nothing to do with it.

    The bottom line is that there is a huge part of the US economy that is only viable because there is a labor force willing to work below minimum wage and without legal or health protection in regards to workplace safety or quality standards. Coincidentally, a good sized chunk of that population happens to be illegal aliens [in the context of citizenship].

    So, in effect, your position is that all of the illegal aliens should be removed from the country and that the US should allow legal immigrant labor to fill all of the jobs that currently fall below requirement minimum wage and safety requirements? That is, give all the jobs that fall below standards set by federal labor law to immigrant labor?

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