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Doing Jobs Americans Just Won’t Do?

The dominant media narrative about illegal immigration is that illegals are here doing jobs that “Americans just won’t do,” as the cliche has it. So this is interesting:

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) – Federal officials say nearly 600 suspected illegal immigrants were detained in a raid on a manufacturing plant in southern Mississippi, making it the largest such sweep in the country.

A spokeswoman says more than 100 of those caught up in Monday’s raid on Howard Industries were released based on humanitarian concerns, mostly because they have children.

This doesn’t look much like sorghum-bagging or meatpacking. You think a job at Howard Industries is the sort of position somebody living in Laurel, Miss., might want? Or is it imperative that we import illegals from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, Panama, and (according to the AP report) Germany? Howard Industries lists its businesses as transportation, medical technology, lighting products, and distribution-and-power products: sectors right in the heart of the manufacturing and industrial economy.
Somebody seems to think these are jobs that legal residents might want:

One worker caught in Monday’s sweep at the Howard Industries transformer plant said fellow workers applauded as immigrants were taken into custody. Federal officials said a tip from a union member prompted them to start investigating several years ago.

Jobs Americans just won’t do? That storyline doesn’t seem likely to bear much scrutiny.

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