Monday, May 01, 2006

is this really a good idea?

Whilst I understand their point, is it really a good idea to protest the immigration laws by playing hooky from work (link here). If you are an illegal immigrant, do you really want to give people a reason to fire you?
Maybe I just don't understand the world of protests...
(speaking of protests, i think i saw the start of a protesty type doing a transpiring on my way home from work today...everyone with their bandana over their mouths, lots of black, lots of piercings...all the elements needed for a good protest)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

hmmm...apparently when i read "immigrant" my brain tells me "illegal immigrant". i guess with all the talk of illegals lately, i just transferred the meaning of the article. oops...please ignore this post. Though the article IS interesting.

~K

--Nathan-- said...

legal or illegal, i think by playing hooky they ARE showing what they mean to the country... i mean who's going to fire a guy willing to work for a couple bucks an hour.

kris said...

I did hear that some employers said anyone walking off their job for the day would be fired. These would be people who are working for regular wages I would assume. I haven't heard what the impact was yet.

thephoenixnyc said...

Part of the point of the protest is to show what a vital part of the US workforce they are and there is no better way to demonstarte that than to drop out of the workforce for day.

K said...

Both of our countries would be in trouble without the immigrant workforce...
I do remember watching an episode of W5 awhile back where some immigrants were complaining that we were "importing" slave labour. They all got extra "points" for being educated, but we wouldn't recognize their education...their point (which is a good one) was that if you want janitors, allow janitors into your country. Don't tell a mechanical engineer with a masters degree to come on over and be a janitor...

kris said...

I'm pretty sure I heard a Conservative say they will be focussing on allowing more people with manual labour skills into the country. That's a step in the right direction, but they also need to make it easier for immigrants to become accredited here. Apparently part of the problem is that the federal gov't decides who can come to Canada but the provincial gov't sets the standards for who can work in their provinces.