Incredible! My L.A. Hotel Housekeeper is an American-Born Male

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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October 4, 2013

I’m in Los Angeles this week to promote CAPS’ ad campaign asking that 20 million unemployed Americans be given the dignity and respect that illegal aliens are demanding nationwide on Saturday, October 5. They claim they’ll be protesting in 150 U.S. cities. Our ads are being broadcast in Los Angeles, Modesto and Bakersfield. [Weekend rally for immigration reform in more than 150 cities, Associated Press, October 4, 2013]

The Hispanic lobby claims that illegal immigrants do jobs Americans are unwilling to do. CAPS’ position, supported by a Center for Immigration Studies report, is that Americans will do any job for a fair wage. According to the report’s findings, hotel employees, including housekeepers, bell hops and janitors, are, respectively, 51, 72 and 73 percent American born.

Here’s proof that CIS is right. My hotel housekeeper, who I’ll call “Bill,” is an American-born white, in his mid-20s with two years of college at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, which also is his hometown. I learned Bill’s background when I re-entered my room while he was working. Tossing political correctness to the wind, I commented that his profile was atypical of the average L.A. hotel housekeeper. Bill laughed and said that he is one of the few males in his department and the only American born. His colleagues are foreign born, mostly from Mexico and Africa.

Bill has been on the hotel staff for four years and, although he’s been trying, has not been able to find a better job. The unemployment rate for young adults with Bill’s education level is about 30 percent.

The alien’s dignity and respect march will take place only a few blocks from where I’m staying and where Bill works. The probability is that if the 11 million aliens achieve their goal – legalization with work authorization and an eventual path to citizenship – Bill’s job would be in jeopardy.

Despite the adverse economy, 20 million unemployed Americans and the federal shutdown, the push for amnesty continues unabated.

Go to CAPS’ Legislative Alert page and FAX Congress today. Time is short to defeat what would be for American workers a crushing amnesty.

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