posted Sat, 11 Dec 2004
Here’s why I have mixed feelings about illegal immigrants (and why I feel hypocritical about the issue): they are a boon to our economy. Most of them have an incredible work ethic. On holidays, after hours and on Sundays, it is the Hispanic construction guys I see working on the houses down the street. They work hard, they live ten to an apartment, they send their money back home. We benefit from their work. I wish the rest of the people living in my city worked that hard. Contractors beg for Mexicans. They don’t want locals.
I used to have an American cleaning lady. She didn’t do windows. She didn’t wash clothes. She didn’t iron. She didn’t clean the inside of the refrigerator.
One day, I patched the plaster in the bathroom and sanded it down. Right before I went to bed, I realized I hadn’t cleaned the plaster dust off the floor, but then remembered that my cleaning lady was coming the next day. She was supposed to wash the floor anyhow, so I left the dust for her to clean.
When I got home the next night, I discovered the dust was still there.
She hadn’t washed the floor. She hadn’t even swept the floor. I fired her, deciding that for $60, I could not clean my house just as easily as she could.
When Esperanza, my current cleaning lady, and I had our interview, she asked me what I wanted her to use to wash the windows: newspaper or rags. “What did you say?” I asked her. We were speaking in Spanish and I thought I must have mis-heard her. She repeated her question. “You wash windows?” I asked in amazement.
“Isn’t that part of cleaning a house?” she replied.
Esperanza washes, folds and puts away my clothes. She would iron if I had clothes that needed to be ironed. She washes the windows. She will do anything I ask. She is amazing.
She is also, I think, illegal. I have never asked her, but I will politely decline if George wants to appoint me to a Cabinet-level position. I really wouldn’t want to put the Administration through that sort of embarrassment. And I wouldn’t want to have to find a new cleaning lady.
The end of the line
2 years ago