Immigrant Exploitation In Todays Society Us History Lincoln High School Essay

515 words - 3 pages

Joanna Schimpfoessl Cornejo
Ms Hennessy
US History
Period 1
Economic Manifesto
In the past and in todays present, immigrants are some of the most exploited people in
Americas economy. In 1911, workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory worked fourteen hour
shifts for $2 a day. Many of those workers were young teens as young as ten and female
immigrants chasing the “American Dream” and were forced to work in terrible working
conditions. Owners of the factory believed they would steal fabric scraps and other materials to
make profit out of, so theyd lock them in the factory until the end of the shift. On March 25th
1911, a dropped cigarette started a fire in the factory building resulting in the deaths of one
hundred and forty-six workers that couldnt escape because they had been locked in and nobody
else had a key to the fire escape. Many of them attempted jumping out the windows and the
bodies began piling up ten floors below. Others were consumed by the flames, screaming for
their family members they had been separated from in the clouds of smoke. So many deaths
could have been so easily prevented had they had suitable working conditions and better safety
protocols. In the 21st century not much has changed, some workers Osiel López Pérez are
payed $2.25 for every thousand chickens killed. In 2015 a week after inspection, Osiel López
Pérez was gravely injured in a workplace accident in Case Farms. This was caused by the
extroaordinarily dangerous working conditions immigrants like Osiel are made to work in. In
2015 alone, C...

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