Anthony Bourdain: Every Restaurant In America Would Shut Down Under Trump’s Deportation Plan

The Hill reports:

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain says America’s restaurant industry would shut down if Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Bourdain blasted Trump’s vow to deport illegal immigrants if elected, saying it would leave the nation’s kitchens empty. “If Mr. Trump deports 11 million people or whatever he is talking about right now, every restaurant in America would shut down,” he told host Pete Dominick on Sirius XM’s “Stand Up!” on Wednesday. “Like a lot of other white kids, I rolled out of a prestigious culinary institute and went to work in real restaurants,” Bourdain said.

“Walking into restaurants, the person who had been there the longest and took the time to show me how it was done was always Mexican or Central American,” he added.“[They are] the backbone of the industry.” Bourdain cited his 30 years in the culinary industry and time as a restaurant executive. “Twenty of those years, I was a manager and employer,” he said. “Never in any of those years, not once, did any American-born kid walk into my restaurant and say, ‘I’d like a job as a night porter or a dishwasher or even a prep cook.’”

Bourdain’s Parts Unknown series on CNN is always fascinating. Highly recommended.

  • Octavio

    Bourdain speaks the truth.

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    • Gustav2

      In the metro areas in every state, but it is not true in the exurban/rural areas across much of the country where the Republicans have almost total support. My in-laws live in a completely different world just a short drive from us and many metro area workers commute from the ‘hinterlands’ for that very reason.

      • jmax

        I live in a university town in Kansas, and one of my favorite restaurants was closed/renamed/reopened under different management 3 or 4 times for employing undocumented immigrants. And we’re in the middle of frickin’ nowhere.

        • catherinecc

          Bribes must be paid on time.

        • Gustav2

          Mr Bourdain’s type of restaurant is not the whole industry, it is not even 5% of the industry. The kitchens where he received his training is not anywhere near the norm across the country. Almost every exurban/rural area has a strip of the chains. A university town, even in the middle of nowhere, is more likely to have the small specialty restaurant doing ‘foodie’ things. Hell, a small university town is more likely to have the Democrats to patronize the place..

    • Truth

      He’s a slave driver getting richer and richer by paying undocumented workers less than the legal minimum wage.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    A wee bit of an exaggeration there, Anthony. I speak as an American-born kid who started my service industry stint as a dishwasher and who worked in three different family-owned restaurants in New Jersey that employed exactly zero latinos.

    • Guest

      Me too. Only when I moved from New England to DC did I start to see the phenomenon of which he speaks.

    • BobSF_94117

      Yes, but how long ago was that? I’m stunned at how many places that 20 years ago didn’t even have a clue what a burrito might be now have a significant Hispanic population.

      • Octavio

        Hell, NYC didn’t even have a single Mexican restaurant until the late 80’s early 90s. Then suddenly it started raining tacos! (I’m getting hungry.)

        • BobSF_94117

          I had to call some state office in OH for some reason a few years back and was stunned when the recording said, “Para español, oprima el ocho”.

          In Ohio???

          • FAEN

            Because Hispanic people don’t live in Ohio?

          • BobSF_94117

            I know the young whippersnappers won’t believe this, but there was a time not that many years ago when few places east or north of CO or east of West Texas had many Hispanic residents (except Cubans in Miami and PRs in NY/NJ).

            It’s not a bad thing that there’s been a huge migration, but there has indeed been a huge migration.

          • Mark_in_MN

            Many years ago there were not as many Hispanic residents in some areas. But there have been Hispanic people in Minneapolis and St. Paul for a very long time (like dating back to the 1800s). I’ve been seeing Spanish language services in government in Minnesota for at least a few decades.

          • Brian Burleson

            The Twin Cities has changed dramatically over the past thirty years. Long ago it was the Hmong (largest concentration of Hmong outside of Laos) and now it seems as though the Africans are the major “new arrivals”. Just look towards the Cedar/Riverside area for evidence.

          • Mark_in_MN

            Yes, they have. I didn’t say otherwise. I live basically just across the river from Cedar/Riverside. But the point is there have been Hispanic and Latino/a communities here for quite some time, despite our supposedly being in an area where there weren’t supposed to be all that many. Have the sizes of those communities increased? Certainly. But they haven’t been absent.

          • 1975, Hmong village in Laos

          • Octavio

            You might want to leave that “west of Texas” out of your assessment. New Mexico is at least 47% hispanic. It used to be higher in the 1950s, after all it is New Mexico. Arizona is currently 34% which is almost the same as it was 30 years ago. California is 38% hispanic. Nevada is 27% (up 10% from 1970). Utah’s hispanic population is at 13%, shooting up 10% in the last few years. Colorado is 21%, up 10% since 1980. And my family has been living in the West since before the Treaty of Hidalgo. Still, Mexican food is better in Mexico than in the USA. 🙂

          • Menergy

            Octavio, as I read BobSF, he said “east of West Texas” – i.e, going into the eastern part of Texas and on into the eastern States, with fewer Hispanics except for the exceptions he mentions in FL, NJ, NY .

          • Octavio

            Yup. You are correct. I am old. I apologize. I’ve offered to let BobSF spank me for my poor reading skills. 🙂

          • Menergy

            Nah. I’m old too. You were just speed reading.:). but I’m sure Bob SF appreciated your conciliatory offer…

          • BobSF_94117

            As Menergy noted, I said “east of West Texas”. I just wanted to leave east Texas out of what most consider “the West” and point out the pretty much north/south line from CO to the Mexican border (with AZ and NM on the decidedly-long-time-Hispanic side). There was always a large Hispanic population in NM and AZ. CO had one, though it wasn’t as large a percentage as now. CA was never lily white and many of the Hispanic families predate Anglos by centuries, but the state was very much more white than it is now.

            There’s been a very large increase in America’s Hispanic population. I can’t for the life of me understand why that appears to be in any way in dispute. IT’S A GOOD THING. (Except that I really liked the country more when there were 150,000,000 of us instead of 350,000,000.)

          • Octavio

            OK. Uh . . . nevermind. 🙂

            Sorry, misread your earlier post. My bad. You can spank me if you want to. 🙂

          • BobSF_94117

            I’ve been waiting in the get-to-spank-Octavio line for a long time. You might tell them to move it along.

            🙂

          • Mark_in_MN

            Uh, yeah. Why wouldn’t there be such a thing in Ohio (or pretty much anywhere else except those states that steadfastly refuse to be of service beyond their preferred sector of the population (read white, straight, Christian).

          • BobSF_94117

            There are lots of reasons there weren’t many, if any, Hispanic residents across wide swaths of the Eastern half of the country outside a few metropolises a few decades ago. I don’t see how realizing that there has been a big change in the Hispanic population and where it can be found is some sort of bad, racist thing to say when it’s also something that Hispanic groups say about themselves.

          • Mark_in_MN

            The thing about states that refuse to serve all their population is a dig at those states that either have official language laws or which limit resources for forms, resources, translators, etc. for dealing with government in languages other than English.

            I don’t see why it would be a surprise to see such an option in a phone system anytime in the last 20 years or more, even in Ohio.

          • Octavio

            I have a close friend whose last name is Garcia. He’s from Chicago. He gets really pissed off when people discover he’s from Chicago and assume he’s an illegal or that his parents were. If you live in Chicago you know that the city has a huge hispanic population that has been there for many many years. 🙂

          • delk

            As of the 2010 Census, 961,963 residents of Cook County, including 578,100 residents of the City of Chicago, had full or partial Mexican origins. If one were to measure only Mexican born immigrants, Chicago (with 677,000) is second only to Los Angeles (with 1,751,000) on the list of U.S. cities with the largest Mexican-born populations (measured in 2012).

            Lot of Polish here too. BTW, I’m half Mexican and half Polish.

          • Octavio

            Kielbasa and chorizo? That’s most excellent! What’s it like shopping for Mexican ingredients and foods in Chicago? Here in Vegas (and parts of Arizona, much of So. California) we have Cardenas, a huge supermarcado of everything Mexico and more. They also have an in-house restaurant and deli whipping up tamales, salsa, fresh carnitas, guacemole, and pico de gallo better tasting and cheaper than I can make at home. And I cook damn good Mexican dishes. One of the joys of being back in the USA. In Argentina I pined constantly for a decent taco al pastor, migas, etc.

          • delk

            Very abundant. Lots of Mercados, all serve food as well. I get 12 fresh homemade tortillas for .25

            I make fresh salsa (mom’s recipe) every week.

            A great Carnitas place down the street from us:

            http://www.carnitasuruapanchi.com/#section-about

            Here’s a local guy’s taco blog:

            http://nickstacoblog.tumblr.com

            There about twenty places all within walking distance from my house

            Across the street from my house:

            http://lalagartijataqueria.com/menu/

            And directly across the street from there:

            http://lacuchararestaurant.com/dishes/

            Seafood place down the street the other direction:

            http://www.restaurantvenenodenayarit.com/blog

            About five blocks away:

            http://www.cemitaspuebla.com

            Here’s the Sunday outdoor market:

            http://chicago.seriouseats.com/2012/06/beyond-the-taco-11-great-non-taco-dishes-at-chicagos-maxwell-street-market-slideshow.html#show-250243

            I do have to drive to get to all the good Polish places though.

          • Octavio

            Thanks for the round up of places. I will be making an extended (2 week) stay next February in Chicago. Not the most pleasant places to be in winter. But I’m up for it. The link to the Maxwell market is great. I’ve never — as in NEVER — seen anyone north of la linea cook and serve
            HUITLACOCHE.

          • delk

            Sweet! Let us know. Nothing like a hot bowl of birria on a cold winter day.

            http://www.timeout.com/chicago/food-drink/get-your-goat-at-these-7-great-places-for-birria-in-chicago

          • Ray Taylor

            Thanks for the link to Nicks blog. Some great ideas I can make at home. Yummy.

          • delk

            Enjoy! Hope you get inspired!

          • Chucktech

            Cardenas was one of our touchstones when we lived in Palm Springs. Great store!

          • Octavio

            We’re heading there for lunch today. Then grocery shopping. It’s the only place I’ve found north of Central Mexico where you can buy real dragon fruit (the big fruits of night blooming tropical cactus). 🙂

          • FAEN

            Half Mexican and half Polish? What a beautiful combination.

          • delk

            It’s sort of funny, but I have a friend that has a Mexican mother and Polish father just as I do. However he identifies as Mexican-Polish, and I identify as Polish-Mexican.

            His family spoke Spanish as he was growing up and I grew up speaking Polish. My Spanish is way better than his Polish though, LOL!

            PS–he’s a real cutie!

          • FAEN

            LOL-thank you for the delightful story. I’m sure you’re quite the looker yourself.

          • J Ascher

            I hope this isn’t offensive but I once joked that if Chicago became majority-Hispanic, it would only have to change its name by one letter (to Chicano).

          • JCF

            Same w/ Detroit. Henry Ford certainly knew about cheap(er) Mexican labor!

          • fuzzybits

            Growing up in NW Ohio we always had a pretty large Hispanic population. A lot worked in the fields,but a lot of long time permanent residents.

        • Mister Don

          Our neighbor down the street 50+ years ago, owned the first Tex-Mex restaurant in Boston, worked like hell too, despite having had polio, and having to wear leg braces.

          • Octavio

            That sounds rough. A Mexican food restaurant in Boston does sound a bit exotic. When I lived in NYC in 1980-81 I spooked around looking for a Mexican restaurant. Even a taco truck would have been fine. But there weren’t any. There were, however, lots of Dominican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican food places. The Dominicans (in my opinion) had the best food. (I now run for cover) 🙂

          • grumpyoldman

            When I was a teenager in Montana (1965), I was mocked by a kid from Texas because I did no know what a taco was; in the 80s all the tacos were in those damned crispy things that kept falling over; a couple years ago, someone was complaining that people didn’t know that what they were calling ‘wraps’ were actually tortillas – I pointed out that every culture in the world has an equivalent (lefsa, nan, crepe, et c) and so ‘wrap’ was probably more accurate.

          • Octavio

            In 1972 I attended a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the new Israel with my then lover. This particular celebration was at the Salt Lake City Jewish Community Center (don’t ask). As we stood in line to sample the buffet a patrician mormon woman ahead of me asked one of the servers about the unfamiliar flat bread sandwiches being served. The nice Jewish lady behind the serving line explained it was pita bread filled with falafel. The mormon matron shrieked in delight, “Oh! It’s like a Jewish taco!” My boyfriend and I could barely stand up, we were stifling the need to laugh so hard. 🙂

          • Mister Don

            Sadly, we lost track of them after their house burned in 1966. The people upstairs in the converted Victorian tried using a 100 year old fireplace to heat the house and set fire to it one bitter December night. The woman knew something would happen and had all her baby pictures packed in a suitcase by the door. I’m assuming her restaurant was in the South End section of Boston, but admit to huge gaps in my knowledge of settlers and migration patterns in Boston

          • MichaelJ

            I seem to remember the explosion of Mexican restaurants in NYC happening in the early 1980s, though Margaritas and not authentic cuisine seemed to be the main attraction of many of the patrons. The first Mexican restaurant I ever went to was in Detroit in the late 1960s, where I was visiting my brother. When I returned to NY I made my parents seek out Mexican places and there were only two that we knew of — a family-run joint on Montague Street and the more formal El Parador that has been on East 34th Street since 1959.

      • Clungeflaps

        Burritos aren’t even Mexican, that’s the funny thing. Just like nachos and chimichangas, 100% US inventions. I just regard them as food for the douchebag techies on Valencia St. The mission is so depressing these days because of them.

        • hiker_sf

          You need to get the hell out of California right now. The burrito existed long before the tech invasion and has kept hundreds of thousands of students from starving.

    • bkmn

      I used to travel the country less than five years ago and it was pretty much everywhere I went in the US and had been that way for five years before that.

  • G Thomas

    I’m no fan of Trump, HOWEVER….restaurants might have to pay more than minimum wage.

    • joeyj1220

      Donald Trump doesn’t want that either

  • I wonder what kind of wages Trump pays his employees? Are all of his employees legally in America?

    • Octavio

      I think it’s time for an audit of all his holdings with special attention to work permits and citizenship.

      • bkmn

        And the people that staff his homes should be the first to go.

        • FAEN

          How is Trump hurt by deporting the men and women who work hard eeking out a living and paying taxes?

          • Cattleya1

            After all, illegals subject to withholding, pay taxes without any benefits or representation. Not just the restaurants, but every hotel/motel, lawn service, and farm would be dead in 2 weeks… I know a few people from Mexico who are not here officially. They work like slaves and have to swallow shit daily. I’d like to deport Trump to Mexico or Central America and make him try to work for a living.

          • FAEN

            Undocumented immigrants are victims of an antiquated, broken system. It’s disgusting how both parties play them like pawns. Granted the Dems do want immigration reform but it seems more often than not when they have the opportunity they put the brakes on. And we all know where the GOP are-mass deportation. Meanwhile due to the inaction and political posturing immigrants and their families pay with their lives.

          • Cuberly

            Was reading where part of Paul Ryan’s agreement with the fanatical wing, in order to get their votes for speaker, was to keep immigration reform off the table till after the election. In their eyes, with a GOPer in the WH, they could be considerably more punative. You know, build 50ft walls and hire thousands of anti-immigration gestapo storm troopers.

            It’s going to be a long long time before reform is even considered if Hills wins and the Tea-tards retain control of the house.

          • lattebud

            The Tea-tards aren’t in control. They are holding the country hostage.

          • GanymedeRenard

            I fully agree with your post, except for one thing – referring to a person as “an illegal” is debasing. You may read this as PC police, and that’s fine. I, however, think that ‘illegal’ should still be an adjective and not a noun – especially if it refers to human beings.

          • Steve Teeter

            They pay taxes subject to withholding, but because they can’t file returns, they don’t get refunds even if they deserve them.

    • bkmn

      But he is just operating as a BIZNESS man and doing what everyone else is doing – is what he will say.

    • Reality.Bites

      Few things with his name on them are owned by him.

  • rabbit_ears

    But what would happen to Trumplestiltskin? Imagine having to pay all the way up to minimum wage for work! Unthinkable!

    • billbear1961

      Bunny! If you say his name to his face, he’s obliged to VANISH!

      • rabbit_ears

        Ooh! Lets try! I want to see the magic!

        • billbear1961

          Make him turn over all the spun gold first!

          • joeyj1220

            It’s all sitting on top of his head

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  • Webslinger

    Restaurants, construction sites, housekeeping services and landscaping firms are kept afloat by these immigrant workers today. In restaurants alone, a vast majority of dishwashing, custodial, prep and line cook positions are populated by Latin American workers.

    Look behind the doors at one of my favorite and insanely bustling French bistros in New York and you are hard-pressed to find someone not speaking Spanish. Along the Gulf of Mexico, Vietnamese people have swooped in to bolster a sagging native workforce in the fishing and oystering industries. Thousands upon thousands are in oil and gas production, shipyards and fabrication operations. Without their willing hands, our workforce is crippled and business shutter.

    http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/06/20/immigrants-in-restaurant-kitchens/

    https://mariceladgonzalez.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/hercules-thats-the-gospel-truth.gif

    • FAEN

      Yup.

  • billbear1961

    They will NOT cordon off neighbourhoods and conduct sweeps of private residences, street by street–in imitation of a latter-day Gestapo!

    By GOD, they will not!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bvRRu9kL1E

    If such fascism were not resisted, this country would no longer be a FREE society!

    • Octavio

      But they really really want to. They want to do it so bad it hurts.

      • billbear1961

        I think they’ll find out what “hurt” MEANS if they try it, Octavio.

        • Octavio

          If storm troopers start rounding up my neighbors and others in Las Vegas for being undocumented, I’m afraid I would be motivated to protect them with bullets. It ain’t happening on my watch.

          • billbear1961

            I can’t see it happening without impressive resistance.

            Besides, that fool is full of HOT AIR.

            I’d really be surprised if they EVER attempted anything like it.

    • GanymedeRenard

      As always, I love your selection, Mr. Bear. 🙂

  • Octavio

    A very dear and close friend who I often jokingly refer to as “my ex wife” is a native of Setauket, Long Island. We’re the same age. Her Spanish is pretty good. She learned every word of it working in bars, restaurants and hospitals in NYC. No place else. 🙂

  • Clungeflaps

    As much as I think Anthony Bourdain is an insufferable ‘ooh look how real/punk fucking rock i am!’ twat approaching the level of Morrissey, he is completely right.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      In total agreement with your take on Bourdain/Morrissey, though his book Kitchen Confidential is a must-read for anyone who dines out.

      • Clungeflaps

        I should probably read that. It would probably mirror a lot of what i witnessed….i worked as a dishwasher from 15 – 17 (lied about my age), and back of house people are some seriously nutty people. A lot of cooks have meth habits, that what i remember most.

  • Part of this, though, is not because restaurants can’t find minimum wage workers ho want to do the work. It’s because if they hire undocumented workers, they can get away with paying below minimum wage, refusing to pay overtime, refusing medical leave and other employment rights. A friend of mine here on an expired visa was later able to legally get asylum and a work visa. His working conditions improved dramatically once his employers knew he couldn’t be deported.

    • billbear1961

      RS, there’s little doubt in my mind that they’d use SLAVES if they thought they could get away with it.

      Thank you for your post.

      • catherinecc

        Kitchen staff were pretty much all slaves in the Roman Empire and since.

      • Truth

        Paying workers below the legal minimum IS a form of slavery.

    • marshlc

      Yeah, the question to ask is “why are so many people illegal? ” There is clearly a problem if the nation’s industries have a need for workers, but those workers are not permitted to immigrate legally.

      • Octavio

        There are tens of thousands of people from Mexico and Central America coming to work in agriculture and unskilled labor jobs with permits from the US government. They don’t stay all year round. But they are a small dent in the numbers of workers the country needs to keep the lettuce picked, the almonds harvested, the onions plucked out of the ground, potatoes picked up, chickens cleaned . . . . It never ends.

      • Veylon

        The other half of the question is “Why are they still here if they’re illegal?” There’s clearly a faction that wants their labor but doesn’t want them to have any rights.

    • Truth

      You are absolutely right. There are plenty of unemployed citizens and green card holders who would love any kind of job that they can get. The problem is that owners like Bourdain won’t be able to put as much into their own pockets if they have to pay their employees legal wages. These slave drivers should be jailed as the law requires them to be.

  • Duh-David

    I suspect this is more of an issue in Bourdain’s Manhattan, than in Iowa.

    • Clungeflaps

      Honestly, it’s not, there’s loads of under the table labor in the midwest too. Maybe not 20-30 years ago, but definitely now.

    • Cuberly

      Good point actually. When I went back home to Colorado and ate at some small places in the burbs, it was definitely staffed by high schoolers and college age kids.

    • mari

      I live in Iowa and one of my kid’s middle school friends had most of her family deported. And, yes, the restaurant they ran shut down for a time. We had a whole meat-packing town raided a few years ago.

  • Octavio

    I am soooo tempted to post my x-rated glamour photo of Bourdain. But I won’t. I’d get arrested. 🙂

    • Dazzer

      post a link to it then? (He says hopefully)

      • Octavio

        Alas, it’s a .jpg that was sent to me by a friend of a friend of a friend of Bourdain’s. I guess I could just post my hard drive. Yeah! That’ll work. 🙂

        • GanymedeRenard

          Please tell us: is his, ahem, ‘instrument’ at least BIG enough?

          • Octavio

            Substantially more than adequate.

          • GanymedeRenard

            I think I’m unhealthily hungry.

    • BearEyes

      If it’s really Tony – let’s talk about that photo

      • Octavio

        It’s really An’tny. If not, it’s his identical twin brother.

        • BearEyes

          You’re welcome to send me a copy since there’s no link.
          Append a 4 to my name then aol

          • Octavio

            I am sending a “feeler” email, first. Asking if I have the right address.

  • FAEN

    Typical Trump/GOP-let’s deport everyone but not fix the system that encourages undocumented immigration.

    Immigrants from high volume countries have INHUMANE wait times, from 20-25 years. Surely we can do better than that.

  • bkmn

    If tRump gets elected and deports 11M look for your drive-thru combo meal to go from $6-8 to well over $12. And many locations will simply close from not having enough employees.

    • Exactly. Deport people who will accept employment conditions and compensation that no one else will tolerate, and you will be left with millions of jobs that need to be filled by legal citizens. However, they will need to be paid er a legal working wage with benefits — since there is going to be so much more competition for workers to fill open service and agricultural jobs. This will drive up prices and cut profit margins. Want to get rid of the illegal worker problem tomorrow? — start vigorously enforcing laws and criminally prosecuting anyone who hires any worker without proper identification — including CEOS of agricultural concerns and average Americans who employ domestic and maintenance help. It ain’t gonna happen.

    • Brian Burleson

      Not to mention farm workers throughout the nation. The Central Valley constantly whines about the lack of workers, the same is true of Michigan with both cherry and apple farms leaving fruit to rot on the trees because America has shown just how much they hate Latinos and refuse to pay them a decent wage. You reap what you sow. Ironic that given the topic.

      • Octavio

        Alabama passed strict laws to dissuade illegals from working in agriculture two years ago. After two years of crops going unpicked and rotting of limbs, vines and in the field they wish they hadn’t. Workers from south of the border who have legal work permits to be here part time during harvest season won’t go to Alabama because they are afraid of being abused by the local law enforcement. Thus proving they are smarter than the local law enforcement.

  • EdmondWherever

    Fine, I’ll be the only one to say it… I would Anthony Bourdain all over that. Man of a certain age…

    • Octavio

      Send me your email address. Do I have a photo for you! 😛

      • EdmondWherever

        I don’t know how to do that, but if he’s naked on a pool floatie, or holding a giant animal bone in front of his… modesty… I’ve seen those. He’s just yummy.

        • Octavio

          Nope. He’s steamin’, standing against a brick wall and full on raging. Taken before all of the tattoos. Quite impressive, actually.

    • bzrd

      Off thread, Ed Wherever, but are you counting down until you’re Somewhere?

      • EdmondWherever

        Yup, the movie theater!

        • bzrd

          At 70, I forgot about Star Wars, my bad !

  • Steven Leahy

    …and the housing industry, and public grounds upkeep in many states, and much of the food growing, manufacturing and distribution industry, etc etc etc.

    • Octavio

      And the guys who show up on time and do a great job making Chez Taco Bell look good from the street. And the ladies who show up to furiously clean once a week. And the guy who cleans our pool. And the crew of gentlemen who approached me in the parking lot of the car parts store, quoted me a price to take out all of the dents in my truck, fix the driver-side door, pull out the bumper, remove the blistering overcoat on the paint and left me $400 poorer but completed about $2000 worth of body and paint work in less than an hour. Yeah. Let’s get rid of all of them. /s

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    A movie about tRump’s vision for the future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxwT6CmmhbA

  • Ginger Snap

    Because as Americans we need to be proud that we have an underpaid poorley treated slave labor force. Yes he speaks the truth but our service industry is nothing short of slave labor.

    • Octavio

      And Ginger Snap also speaks the truth.*

      *Although, I pay the folks who provide me services a lot of money. They don’t come cheap.

    • The United States was built on slave labour and still pines for it.

  • He’s probably right, but I don’t care about anything he has to say. Go juice yourself with wheat grass and suck a yack’s ass, Bourdain.

    I’ll go back to my butter and deep fried death food.

  • grumpyoldman

    A quick chorizo question – are lymph nodes included in the definition of chorizo or just a ‘chewy’ ingredient in the lower cost versions?

  • Jim

    Illegal aliens are the backbone of the restaurant business because restaurateurs are exploitative SOBs who won’t pay a living wage and unethical business people who knowingly violate the law and who unscrupulously use and abuse people who have no legal rights for as much profit as they can squeeze about of them. And there’s not a word of truth in what this guy said about Americans and restaurant work. When I was a teenager, I used to wash dishes in the kitchen of the local Hilton hotel. The dishwashing crews were all American teenagers eager for work. That kitchen had no illegals working in it. Restaurants hire illegals because they can exploit them in every way possible and pay them as little as possible. Period.

    • GanymedeRenard

      “Illegals”? Legit question: Don’t you think it should be better to use the word ‘illegal’ as an adjective instead of as a noun when referring to human beings?

      • Jim

        Did you read my post? I’m on the side of the illegal workers who are being ruthlessly exploited by business owners and against the lying celebrity chef who pretends to be concerned about them but really wants the exploitation to continue because restaurant owners make lots of money by running sweat shops and by paying pittances and by flagrantly, knowingly violating the law. That’s the important stuff, not my use of an adjective as a substantive.

        • GanymedeRenard

          Of course, I did read your post – and I hope you’ve read mine. I never expressed any disagreement with the substance of yours (and, in case it may be interpreted differently, I now say that I concur with what you said). I merely pointed out that ‘illegal’ should be used in all contexts as an adjective since we’re talking about human beings. That’s all. And you seem to acknowledge that in this new post, since you now write “illegal workers” (adjective) and not just “illegals” (noun). Alternatively, it’s good to bear in mind that “undocumented immigrants/workers” might also describe the reality of these fellow human beings. 🙂

      • FAEN

        I agree. No human is illegal.

  • Mike C

    With offense intended to the restaurant industry – then they better find a way to operate without paying $2.13/hr + “tips” to the back of house workers. Because it’s the world’s most open secret they do just that. We shouldn’t be celebrating Bourdain’s statement as anti-Trump as much as we should be GODDAMN ASHAMED that that is allowed to happen in a country like this.

    • Octavio

      Something that Spain did many years ago was to ensure that local cafes/restaurants would continue to offer a hearty solid four course lunches for workers and keep the price at 7 to 9 Euros. And they did it. They offer comida corridas, a different set menu every day where you select an appetizer, entre, side dish and dessert from a limited selection of three or four options. Also, waiters/waitress work for a living wage in those same venues, making approximately $15 an hour plus paid vacation. Universal health care is free to all citizens, so even though $16 an hour is low in such a large city it is still enough to make ends meet. The chef/owners of that same class of restaurant have worked hard to create excellent and economical meals that, when compared to the $9 spent on a lunch at Mickey Ds, is like haute cuisine. And tipping is not an expected custom in that country. Just imagine. However, eateries in areas with heavy tourist traffic are exempt from the standard affordable worker meal. And just like the USA, illegal aliens are hired and paid next to nothing because businesses can get away with it. Spain is not perfect by any means, but they certainly have an edge on being ahead of ‘Merikuh in many respects.

  • Secure

    How many hotels will shut down? Who does all the maid service and laundry?

  • If you suggest to someone in the grip of anti-immigrant mania that the way to dramatically cut the number of Mexicans coming to America illegally would be to get tough on the US businesses hiring them, you hear some very imaginative excuses for not doing that… as well as lots of tired, pro-free-market, anti-government talking points that add up to “Leave the white business owners alone! Punish the damn Mexicans!”

    The one person I’ve met who I knew for sure was an undocumented worker was a German economics professor doing postdoc research who overstayed his visa by a couple of years.

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  • Jeffg166

    The used and abused immigrant, legal or not, is a very long tradition in this country.

  • American Patriot ™

    I’m tearing up. Not. The far left’s insistence on giving entry level workers fifteen dollars an hour is going to radically alter the restaurant industry. It’s already starting with automation of ordering, and it will expand rapidly into other aspects of service. There will be a whole lot fewer humans employed by restaurants across the board.

  • American Patriot ™

    What ? No coverage of the F*ck The Police lunatics taking over Hillary’s rally for 30 minutes ?

    Trump’s gonna have a field day with that just like he did with Bernie Sanders. Great job creating that frankenstein monster ! They will be the gift that keeps on giving for Republicans. All the rioting, burning cities to the ground, murdered police officers, white privilege brunch attacks, all will make effective footage for campaign commercials depicting democrats as enabling anarchy. Even Obama is trying to make nice with the cops now, but it’s too late. The damage is done.

  • Gerard

    I was an illegal alien in NYC like thousands of other young Irish people in the 1980s. We worked in construction and catering, paid taxes (on made-up SS numbers, mine was my home telephone number in Ireland LOL) but we could never claim any benefits. We never felt like we were doing anybody any harm.Although we were often threatened with the INS by dumb bosses and managers, on the whole we were treated well by Americans and we were glad to be there. I always loved the US and always felt better treated there than in England, where I felt looked down on for being Irish. But then, we were white, and we spoke English (of a sort), so it was easier to integrate. Fuck Trump and his racism; all Americans are immigrants, give people a chance..

  • Trump’s proposal wouldn’t come cheap. I don’t know how much it costs to deport people, but let us be safe and say it can be done for a thousand dollars a head. Multiply that by eleven million, and we are talking about eleven billion dollars to come out of the taxpayers’ pockets.

    • American Patriot ™

      Compared to the welfare, “free” medical care, “free” education, etc, that’s chump change. BTW – YOU are paying for all that free stuff through higher taxes and “reform” of entitlements so the money you contributed during your working years can be redistributed to aliens instead.

      • You seem to imagine that I’m an American.

        • American Patriot ™

          haha. Ok, well if you are in Europe, then I feel even MORE sorry for you, since you have a much more comprehensive and expensive welfare state than we do. Enjoy all those ungrateful rioting, raping islamist invaders.

  • TallBearNC

    What happens when all the 11 million illegal people are replaced with Americans who demand at least minimum wage? This will cause many goods and services and our country to go up in price by a factor of 3 to 7 Times more. People always complain and whine and bitch about illegal immigration, but what they fail to realize is these people who are illegal work for dirt cheap… And that’s why many of our produce and restaurants are fairly cheap, and if you replace them with American, those prices are going to skyrocket. I’m not advocating things either way… I’m just stating what will happen if you suddenly get rid of all of the illegal people in America… what a lot of people fail to see is illegal immigrants have become a solid part of our economy over the past 50+ years

    What needs to happen, is the government needs to work on prevention of illegal immigrants versus trying to get rid of the ones that are in the country… That will be a far cheaper option… And yes they do put a drain on our medical system and other types of system… But those drains are far outweighed by the cheep goods and services they provide in there

    So… Get rid of all the illegals… And then we start paying $10 for a head of lettuce and $10 for a couple of tomatoes… And quickly American middle-class goes broke because again afford to feed themselves because suddenly feeding a family of four would cost about $2000 a month

    • American Patriot ™

      So, you are under the impression that companies are currently passing along those savings to the consumer ?

      • TallBearNC

        Some probably are some aren’t. Depends..but IMO it won’t matter. If they are passing the savings or not and wage expenses go up from 2$/hr to 8-10$/HR. That will totally b passed to us

        While I want Americans a shot at every possible Job to get of Welfare, most poor to middle class can’t afford food/clothes to increase by a factor of 400 to 500% as that’s mainly where undocumented workers work: farms, sewing, clothing, some restaurants because they get paid cash “under the table”. It’s been this way for decades and is part of our economy.

        That’s why I’m for PREVENTING as much future immigration as possible. That way undocumented workers get slowly deported, they can’t get back, and prices rise SLOWLY as Americans take those jobs.

        But look at this… Undocumented worker becomes a citizen. FANTASTIC. but now the farmer is REQUIRED to pay min wage…what will happen? FIRED is they ask for min wage. They’d be forced to keep working cheap or go get a min wage fast food job (or any other min wage job)

        Other BAD SCENARIO…. Let’s say one state gets rid of most illegal farm workers. Farmers are forced to charge 4-5Xs for their product as wages just jumped 4-8 Xs..yet in other states, what happens if there are no deportations or they take longer. No supermarket or major distributors will pay 4-5X more. They will buy from they cheaper people….those farmers that now have REAL Americans as workers go bankrupt and lose everything.

        So you gpmust get them all out at ONCE (as in 6 months tops), or you risk the above, and once u do, all produce goes up 400-500% in stores, restaurants…everyplace fruit,veggies, and meat are consumed

        I honestly believe our economy would collapse to something worse than 1929

        The ONLY way to prevent they is change min wage laws so those jobs have a min wage of 2$/hr. Some states, food servers make 2$/HR and rely on tips. Other states force min wage paid to them. Take Denny’s for example. The price in a state were food servers get 2$/hr vs 8 , the prices are far less on the menu. Or try nyc where they pay a LOT for food servers and rent. A McDonald’s Big Mac is like 11$… That was when I lived there from 2000-2002. Prices were INSANE in Nyc for food due to rent and having to pay workers more so THEY could afford expensive rent.

  • I’ve heard the exact same thing said by several friends who work in restaurants, especially the non-chain ones. Not only do Americans not want to wash dishes, etc. but those jobs often pay well below minimum wage. The economic model of the locally owned restaurant is dependent on undocumented workers.

  • lattebud

    Anthony missed the fact the supply chain (farms, ranches, slaughter houses, packing houses, delivery, warehousing, etc.) for the restaurants is also dependent on low cost labor willing to work long hours in dangerous situations with no benefits, or also known as illegal/undocumented workers

  • goofy_joe

    He makes a good point. I’m sure there are many industries that will suffer if all illegal immigrants are deported. The better way, since these people are actually working, would be to normalize them that way their incomes would be taxed and not under table.

  • Michael Hampton

    Republicans have known for decades that the only way to stop illegal immigration is to punish the owners of the companies who hire them. If an Olive Garden is found to have undocumented workers, then the owner of Olive Garden should be put in jail for hiring them. If that happened, then the problem would stop. Instead of punishing the poor people who are taking the jobs, punish the rich people who are violating the law and once no jobs are available to them, the immigrants will stop coming. But punishing rich people for their crimes isn’t what republicans do best.

  • Regan DuCasse

    Bourdain is assuming that everyone working in a restaurant is here illegally. There was a food prep factory near where I live. They put together prearranged meals for institutions, airlines and so on.
    It turned out that over 200 of the 500 odd employees they had, weren’t properly identifiable (therefore illegally here), and they were all fired (not deported that I know of).
    Within a week, this company had replaced all it’s employees with citizens, or foreign workers who were legally here.
    Let’s just say, that considering how many people are here in the US legally, or can legally work here, there are more than enough people here to fill jobs and illegal immigrants really aren’t as necessary as some people like to think.
    Even some of the success stories heralded by those who support ILLEGAL immigration, have a backstory of displacing someone who was eligible.
    The only resources that seem endless, are people who are here illegally.
    Just about everything else, has limits.
    Just sayin’.

  • skeptical_inquirer

    Considering this anti-immigration idea (and the anti-immigrant vibe of the GOP) would cut the profits of several major industries, I’m wondering why they haven’t gone after Trump and/or been kicking in the GOP’s door wondering what’s going on.

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  • F. K. Armstrong

    So I guess Trump can never eat in a restaurant again, or he’s getting used to the taste of spit.

  • Truth

    I’m sure that there are plenty of legal residents and citizens who would be happy to find some kind of work in this jobless “recovery”. The problem is that there are too many business owners like Bourdain who are all too willing to take advantage of these people by paying substandard wages while they rake in the bucks off the backs of those that are virtual slaves.