Immigrants Bring Success…

Waves of Asian, African and Latino newcomers have filled jobs at pork, egg
and turkey plants where wages have fallen and work has grown more grueling.

The link above is a story about how immigrants from Asia, Mexico, and Africa have kept a small town in northwestern Iowa thriving while other rural towns in America have struggled. Immigration and the hard-working people it brings is a big reason why.

STORM LAKE, Iowa — When Dan Smith first went to work at the pork processing plant in Storm Lake in 1980, pretty much the only way to nab that kind of union job was to have a father, an uncle or a brother already there. The pay, he recalled, was $16 an hour, with benefits — enough to own a home, a couple of cars, a camper and a boat, while your wife stayed home with the children.

“It was the best-paying job you could get, 100 percent, if you were unskilled,” said Mr. Smith, now 66, who followed his father through the plant gates.

After nearly four decades at the plant, most of them as a forklift driver, Mr. Smith is retiring this month.

The union is long gone, and so are most of the white faces of men who once labored in the broiling heat of the killing floor and the icy chill of the production lines. What hasn’t changed much is Mr. Smith’s hourly wage, which is still about $16 an hour, the same as when he started 37 years ago…

The forces that have helped transform this snug lakeside town in northwestern Iowa and others like it during Mr. Smith’s working life have created a complex swirl of economic successes and hardships, optimism and unease.

Fierce global competition, agricultural automation and plant closures have left many rural towns struggling for survival. In areas stripped of the farm and union jobs that paid middle-class wages and tempted the next generation to stay put and raise a family, young people are more likely to move on to college or urban centers like Des Moines. Left behind are an aging population, abandoned storefronts and shrinking economic prospects.

Yet Storm Lake, hustled along by the relentless drive of manufacturers to cut labor costs and by the town’s grit to survive, is still growing. However clumsily at times, this four-square-mile patch has absorbed successive waves of immigrants and refugees — from Asia, from Mexico and Central America, and from Africa.

Please continue reading BELOW THE FOLD.

Reject The Wall… Be A Patriotic American!

(CNN)Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday that failing to fulfill Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexican border will hurt the party in the 2018 midterm elections.

“They’re gonna lose the trust of our base if we don’t keep our promises, our base is gonna walk away,” McDaniel said when asked by conservative radio host Laura Ingraham about the possibly of the wall not being built or funded. “They’re gonna feel like, ‘hey you said one thing on the campaign trail to get elected and you didn’t act on it.'”(CNN)Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday that failing to fulfill Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexican border will hurt the party in the 2018 midterm elections.

“They’re gonna lose the trust of our base if we don’t keep our promises, our base is gonna walk away,” McDaniel said when asked by conservative radio host Laura Ingraham about the possibly of the wall not being built or funded. “They’re gonna feel like, ‘hey you said one thing on the campaign trail to get elected and you didn’t act on it.'”

 

Yahoo! Since 69% of Americans oppose the border wall, including many republicans, we are hoping and begging you continue to push your ignorant and costly xenophobic agenda. In the process maybe, just maybe, your conservative agenda will get flushed down the toilet where it belongs.

FULL STORY…

Americans Against The Border Wall…

Washington Post-ABC News poll: Sixty percent of adults oppose building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, while 37 percent support it. Of these respondents, 47 percent are strongly against it. It is worth noting that 76 percent of Trump voters support it, while 91 percent of Hillary Clinton voters don’t. But what the January poll also found is that even among those who supported neither of the candidates, the consensus (69 percent vs. 27 percent) is against building the wall.

It is clear the vast majority of Americans do not want the border wall that Trump made a center piece of his campaign. Rational folks know that a) we cannot afford a border wall, b) we do not need a border wall, and c) simply increasing and improving border surveillance will be adequate.

Democrats, independents, many republicans, with the exception of die-hard Trump supporters, are opposed to the wall. It is likely to remain a political football but one that will never score.

It does keep the Trump xenophobic base pumped however. Which we suppose is the real purpose to begin with.

Full Washington Post write-up HERE.