Chef John Currence's recent essay on the use of immigrant labor in restaurant kitchens sparked a debate that's still raging in the article's comments section. Hundreds of people weighed in, and over 1000 comments later, several themes emerged: work ethics of immigrants, why Americans don't seek restaurant jobs, and who bears the cost in the end.
But first, the results from our poll, which received over 21,000 votes:
If you knew a restaurant hired undocumented workers, would you still eat there?
From the comments:
Americans expect more; immigrant workers will accept less
It's a free (market) country
But business owners should be willing to pay the price
Passing on the cost
It's not just at the restaurant end of the food chain
It's all smoke and mirrors
Comments have been edited for length and clarity.
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