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Food packing plants across the USA rely on illegal alien labor to replace more expensive U.S. workers who demand higher pay

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(NaturalNews) Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump tapped into a vein of seething anger when, as he announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, he addressed the issue of illegal immigration.

Trump's plan, in a nutshell, was radical but just what a vast swath of Americans wanted to hear from a presidential candidate: Build a "big, beautiful wall" along the Southwest border and put a single "shiny door" in the middle. Oh, and "make Mexico pay for it."

We're a ways off from finding out whom the party's official nominee will be – and if it is Trump, there is no way to tell whether or not he'll actually be able to deliver on this particular promise. But regardless, Trump's bombastic candor on the issue has struck a nerve with tens of millions of Americans who are simply fed up with the way the Washington governing cabal of Democrats and Republicans are (not) handling the problem.

Key to citizen angst over the issue of both legal and illegal immigration, as well as purposeful overstays of visas by foreigners, is that U.S. companies are blatantly shunning American workers who generally cost more to hire in favor of lower-wage-earning migrants. And what turns the issue red hot for most is the fact that these companies are being allowed to get away with it because few in Congress and the White House have any interest in stepping in.

"Taking food out of our mouths"

Case in point, in Marshalltown, Iowa, a rising number of immigrants, mostly from Latin America and Mexico, are being given jobs that traditionally went to Americans. As reported by Philly.com recently:

At the 3 p.m. shift change [recently], compact cars rimmed with road salt and dirt rolled up to the JBS Swift meatpacking plant, ranchera and salsa music trickling from a few rolled-down windows.

Hundreds of mostly brown-skinned men walked double-time into the plant, part of the wave of Latino immigrants who, over the last two decades, have transformed this city from a traditional farming community to what could be the most diverse municipality in overwhelmingly white Iowa.

Liberals and the legacy media – as well as Republican leaders attempting to claim that "diversity" helps America, even if it harms American workers – have nothing but praise for what is going on. You can tell by the language they use when describing/reporting on what's happening.

But there is no joy among a majority within the American electorate. Only 17 percent of Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll, don't consider immigration and all of its related problems to be a major issue this election cycle.

We want to do better

And with the real unemployment rate of 9.9 percent much higher than the "official" rate of about 5 percent, it is easy to see why Americans are fed up with being shunned by companies, ignored by Washington, and abused by a system that seems hell-bent on pushing national suicide.

"It's like they've got a sign on the border, 'Come to Marshalltown,'" said Mike Foreman, 66, who worked at the JB Swift meatpacking plant until 2000. A back injury forced him to retire, Philly.com reported.

"The company paid them less than they paid us," he said. "The way I look at it, they're taking food out of our mouths."

To hear most immigrants tell it, they're not criminals and malcontents, like Trump and others have implied.

"I understand that Mr. Trump is talking about throwing people out, but this town has been growing because of the Hispanics," Luis Cisneros, 41, told Philly.com. "I know some do bad things, but we do good things, too. We're here because we want to do better."

While many would agree with those statements, others have said it isn't a matter of wanting to do better or helping a community "grow" – it's about doing things the right way and about putting Americans first, two counter arguments that, in D.C. at least, increasingly fall on tone-deaf ears.




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