Latino Job Hunting Perils


My husband had a preliminary phone interview for a job this morning. The boss asked, point blank:

“Are you illegal?”

I never know if that’s a good sign or a bad sign. One can’t be sure if they’re asking because they’re running their business on the up and up and fear the law, because they’re racist, or because they actually prefer to hire undocumented immigrants since it’s cheaper. The proper answer to this question in a bad economy is,

“Do you want me to be?”

Posted on January 6, 2010, in el macho, humor, immigration, racism. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Wow! talking about being politically incorrect.

    • Señora López

      @ Micky – The question wasn’t just politically incorrect, but potentially illegal. The only acceptable question regarding legal status/ability to work is, “Will you be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. if hired?”

      Some employers just don’t know better.

  2. Wow. I can’t imagine having to deal with that. I sure hope he can find a good job that pays well soon.

  3. wow.
    At least you know the most flexible answer.
    The invitation to move to Canada is still open. Think about it, clean air, affordable medical, low crime rates…. I’ll even put you up for a short while (but leave the MIL where she is, please).

  4. oh ya, and it’s green and raining here right now. No snow in sight.

  5. Wow! I second the Canadian invitation! It’s snowy and cold where I am though.

  6. HAHAHAHA! I love your answer. Another good thing about my hubs having an electrical license I guess. That, or Californians don’t care, as we pretty much are 89% Mexico.

  7. Yikes! That’s for sure. My husband has been asked this one too…

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