“Rapido, Rapido”

April 21, 2011

In news that shouldn’t surprise anyone, we learned yesterday that the federal government is widening its probe into the dubious hiring practices of Chipotle Mexican Grill. The two Reuters stories I’ve linked to are worth reading in their entirety. Even though both inevitably fall back upon open borders, pro-amnesty cliches, they nevertheless paint a disturbing portrait of a company that was willing to overlook-or even countenance-the exploitation of federal immigration laws in order to turn a quick profit. 

When asked by reporters for Reuters just why they have yet to implement the incredibly effective, increasingly efficient e-Verify program, the representatives of Chipotle responded by stonewalling and ignoring the question. Although they have the presumption of innocence, the facts, as laid out by former employees dismissed after ICE immigration raids, do not paint a very flattering picture of this company’s employment practices to date. 

Employing illegal aliens merely serves to exacerbate an already crippling economic recession, as well as perpetuate the wave of identity fraud and theft that is rampant throughout this country. The only people that stand to benefit from accepting the “norm” of illegal aliens in the service industries, other than the illegal aliens themselves, are the owners of large corporations which thrive on the cheap wages-and low labor costs-they sell to stockholders. 

The losers in this exchange are Americans, who seem to always get the short end of the stick.

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2 Responses to “Rapido, Rapido”

  1. Levois on April 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Why not just hire people from this country? Why would Chipotle disregard citizenship? Is this all about the cost of homegrown American labor?

  2. G. Perry on April 21, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    That’s one of the main factors. It’s cheaper to hire people who you don’t have to pay legal wages and comparable benefits than to employ legal immigrants or American citizens. It also feeds into Chipotle’s image, i.e. it’s an authentic Mexican restaurant.

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