Dalton Georgia’s economy is based on illegal immigrants out of Mexico. Mohawk Industries Inc., a manufacturing plant who makes carpets, pays more then minimum wage to laborers with no experience. Workers typically making $5.15 an hour can flock to the plant and make $8.50 to $10.00 starting pay. As in the times of California’s gold rush news spreads fast. All an individual seeking work has to do is show up with documents that look real and they are on the threshold of earning a better income. The plant doesn’t verify any documents unless they are given a reason to.
As Mexican students attending public schools rose from 4 percent in 1990 to a whopping 61 percent back in 2005 in the Dalton district alone, its easy to see that something is going on. Mexican immigrants make up the majority of Mohawks Industries workers and American workers are getting pushed to the side, forced to work harder or drown in the growing production quotas. Conveniently for Mohawk workers in Dalton, Sigue Corp. makes it easy for migrant workers to send money back to their home country.
The American government might claim to punish plants that hire illegal immigrants by slapping huge fines on those who get caught. However, a large fine isn’t going to keep plants that feel they can make more by retaining illegal workers from hiring them. They will despite all the controversy. This raises an interesting question.
Should manufacturing companies export some of their plants to Mexico in the hopes of luring many illegal immigrants’ back home? Many migrant workers don’t have any intention of remaining in America. They just want to work. Anyone who feels they are sitting in poverty or on its cusp naturally want to better him or herself so factories that want cheap labor should take the jobs to the source. Factories who pay well, but can’t find enough American workers to do the labor can likewise set up operations on our neighbor’s land. If Mexico is so poor that would be workers are spending a thousand plus dollars per person to hire someone to breach American borders then put them to work in their own country.
American workers have been feeling the sting of lower paying jobs and the effects of an unchanging minimum wage for years. Many times a job that an American would do is already filled before they even know about it. Illegal immigrants tend to put the word on the streets first or already have the inside scoop on jobs because they have a relative working inside the company. The day could be coming where Americans illegally enter Mexico for jobs.