Truth or Consequences, NM
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After that raid on my workplace, the manager of this commercial laundry paid a visit to the alley and I could see he was visibly shaken, and angry. I witnessed him speaking with other department heads, and he was telling them they would need to operate the machinery until they'd found replacements, which they did the next week, more illegal immigrants, I suspected, almost none of them spoke any English at all. The management did hire several African Americans too, I also suspect they paid those workers less than minimum wages too.
I had a very good relationship with the head of maintenance (Joe Nardi), his official title was something to the effect of a stationary engineer, his responsibilities were to ensure proper operation of the big machines, among other things, he was the last person responsible for making sure the waste water coming from the washers met EPA regulations when discharged back into the drains back to the water treatment facility of the city. Back then they used caustics to wash laundry. I chatted with him while we were repairing one of his personal vehicles in my shop, and he told me that if (Mike Sher-manager) thought he was going to grease and lubricate the machines, he was f*cking nuts. One of Joe's workers (grease-monkey), who was arrested was an illegal. Joe always confided in me because I didn't talk about what we talked about. He would tell me the EPA was always crawling up his ass about waste water not meeting the federal standards.
Down in Alabama a few years ago, lawmakers made it against the law for farmers to hire illegals, and as a result, a lot of their produce rotted in their fields. They couldn't find American workers to harvest for them. It's a dirty thankless job.