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Author Topic: Replacing Hispanic immigrant workers with Somali Muslim workers  (Read 565 times)
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« on: October 14, 2008, 10:14:04 AM »

Mayor: Feds turned my town 'topsy turvy'

Oct 14, 2008

"You can corner this one plant with federal agents and deport people. That's one way to do it, but that's a good way to ruin towns -- ruin a small northeast Iowa place."

Since that day in May, the Latino population has dwindled.

The vice president of Palau has journeyed thousands of miles to Postville and offered about 160 of his countrymen for the open jobs at Agriprocessors. Residents of the island nation can legally live and work indefinitely in the United States under a special arrangement with the U.S. government.

Some from the Pacific island, where the average temperature year-round is 82 degrees, have already begun arriving. The rest will be coming soon, just in time for the frigid Iowa winter where temperatures dip below zero.

Another 125 Somali Muslims, legally classified as refugees, have already moved in. Many have come via the Minneapolis area, as well as Illinois and Texas.

"All of the Somalis came here to work at the plant," says Abdi Hasan, who came to the United States from Somalia five months ago. "I came to look for a job here."

He says they've been welcomed by the locals -- "no problems, no mistreatment, no nothing."

Hasan gets paid $10 an hour at the "kill house" at Agriprocessors, he says. His only complaint: Not being allowed to say Muslim prayers while at work.

"They don't allow it," he says. "That's a problem at times."

Mayor Penrod stands on the sidewalk outside his office. He looks out over Lawler Street, where big rigs rumble and cars freely move about.

"What do I love about my city? I love the progress we've made," he says.

But now, he says, "Everything is tension based."

"You can just sense the friction," he says. "I hope I'm wrong."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/10/14/postville.raid/index.html
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2008, 10:31:14 AM »

Hell, they can't be any worse as employees as the Mexicans I've dealt with....

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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2008, 10:56:51 AM »

Most of the Mexicans that used to work for me were pretty good workers.

I had to fire most of them tho because they were illegal. We got some back who went thru the proper paper work. I am all for legal immigration. I could care less what race they are, as long as they r legal and learn to speak English.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2008, 11:01:35 AM »

I'm sure the Somali Muslim workers are good workers too.  When their numbers grow and companies become more dependent on them, would you be okay with them demanding time off for Muslim prayer during the day?  Would you grant them this?  How about demands to add Muslim holidays as company holidays?
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2008, 12:33:57 PM »

No way in hell would I allow time off during the day for prayer.

With that said I think it should be up to the business owner. No fed laws should come into play.

Muslim holidays should be treated the same as jewish holidays.

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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2008, 12:41:13 PM »

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