Washington is the kind of city where you can learn a lot by listening to the conversations over dinner. At my restaurants, I have been lucky to join the conversation with presidents and first ladies, senators and ambassadors.
But right now, you can hear the most important conversations if you walk past the tables out front and into my kitchens. There — amid the din of knives chopping, plates clattering and chefs calling out a staccato stream of food orders — you’ll hear from people who look and sound a lot like America. English predominates, but you’ll also catch Haitian Creole, French and Spanish. Natural-born citizens and naturalized citizens like me work alongside those on temporary visas. I believe that all these voices make us stronger, more creative and courageous, less complacent and fearful.
[José Andrés: How The Immigration Debate Hits A Restaurant Kitchen, by Jose Andres, WaPo, January 18, 2018]
Ruthless Exploiter Of Illegal Aliens, Jose Andres, Immigrant
Despite the District's robust economic progress this decade, black residents and those who lack a college degree haven't benefited as much as their white and more-educated peers have, according to a study published today by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.
Additionally, the city's overall unemployment rate of 6.4 percent as of 2016 remains higher than before the recession in 2007 when it was 5.6 percent. While last year's rate is down from over 9 percent in 2010, DCFPI says this suggests that residents have not fully recovered from the economic downturn. And because unemployment among white and Hispanic residents is lower now than it was in 2007—at 1.7 and 3.5 percent, in turn—the chasm between those groups and black residents has only grown since the recession.
[Unemployment Rate for Black D.C. Residents is Higher Than Pre-Recession, by Andrew Giambrone, Washington City Paper, March 2, 2017]
Now this writer knows why Andres won't hire most blacks, but that is no excuse for someone who whines about his white skin and blue eyes.
Despite the many hardships of being a new immigrant, life was relatively easy for me — in no small part because of my fair skin and blue eyes. America isn’t the only place where this happens; it is a human sickness. We have a hard time welcoming those who are different from us.
But for all his virtue signalling, Andres is really a ruthless exploiter, who obviously pays his peons pennies, unlike Donald Trump, who pays his dishwashers a starting pay of $20.00 an hour.
Andres' business plan though relies on a ready supply of illegal aliens to make a profit, just like the more downscale Chipotle.
It was also in 2001 that Manuel started as a cook at my Spanish restaurant, Jaleo. I have come to know him as someone who works hard, pays his taxes and is raising his children — a son with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and two American-born children — to respect the country that gave him so much. But now, his family’s future is in doubt. “I just want to work to be able to send my two American-born children to university; I want them to have a better life than mine,” he told me...
As Americans, we also have much to lose if hundreds of thousands of industrious migrants are expelled. The Center for American Progress estimates that removing TPS workers from the economy would generate a $164 billion hole in gross domestic product over the next decade.
Illegals create $164 billion of GDP? Unlikely, but what they do create is profits for restaurant owners because they are a docile and obedient workforce unlikely to demand higher wages or better or legal working conditions.
Time for the new work-site enforcement initiative of ICE SVU to target Andres' restaurants. ICE SVU can start with Jaleo in Washington, DC, just blocks from ICE Headquarters. Let's see what happens when ICE SVU shows up for an I-9 inspection like they did at 7-11s recently.
You can contact the ICE SVU Special Agent-in-Charge here and ask him about work-site enforcement:
2675 Prosperity Ave
Fairfax, VA, 22031
Phone: (703) 285-6700
Fax: (703) 285-6709