Thanks to Kent Welton for this piece, which he notes as “more nonsense from Steve Forbes and co.”
There are additional articles in this edition on immigration found at http://www.forbes.com
Eight years ago Oscar risked his life to reach America–illegally. Now he works 17 hours a day, 6 days a week in a bar in Miami’s South Beach. He earns $3.85 an hour plus up to $100 a night in tips, sending home $400 a month to his family in Honduras. That funds his three kids’ education, supports his mother and has enabled his wife to open a small store.
Oscar’s life is tough. Now 30, he hasn’t seen his family since he left Honduras. “Not having documents is suffocating. Businesses exploit you. You’re always hiding,” he says. “We need immigration reform. I sent an e-mail to our President.” Your President? “Yes, he’s my President. I love this country. If I could, I’d help this country get back on its feet.” Oscar seems like the kind of guy America would want to hang on to. “I’m afraid of being deported, so my money is hidden,” he says. “Otherwise I could put it in the bank to invest.”
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