I found the article "Speaking Spanish to Stay Afloat" (Viewpoint, 9/04) not only true to my experience but also deeply disturbing. Our nation is being overrun (4,000 per day into Arizona alone) and our particular industry is being taken from us. What's more, we have only ourselves to blame.

The employment of illegals presents benefits to the GC that go beyond low pay. Avoiding payroll taxes, workers' comp premiums, and bookkeeping fees adds appeal. In addition, the intimidation inherent in working illegally can deter laborers from addressing workplace disputes, injustices, or even injuries. Combined, these factors present a very...

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