“A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
For a company to succeed, it has to reach a certain demographic. A slice of the 300+ million Americans. Abercrombie & Fitch want the “cool kids” to buy their clothes. It’s working for them.
I open a restaurant that only makes specialty bacon dishes. Chili-Cheese-Bacon Fries. Bacon and Shrimp. There will be customers who can’t eat bacon due to moral/religious/health issues. And that’s okay by me because most people can eat bacon. And from those people that do eat bacon there is a smaller group that would love a restaurant that serves nothing but bacon dishes. That is the demographic I want walking into my restaurant: bacon lovers
I don’t personally agree with A&F’s CEO, but hey - it’s making him money.
Can you please explain to me how granting citizenship to the millions of illegal immigrants in the US or opening the borders could ever be a good idea? I just can’t see the argument.
First, I would ask you to stop referring to undocumented immigrants as “illegal”. Actions are illegal, but people are not.
This could be a really, really long answer but I’m going to try to make it as short but informative as I can. Feel free to message me if you would like me to elaborate on anything.
Border policies and immigration law are currently set up to favor production, profit and produce over people. It’s super easy and cheap for agricultural products to come in from Mexico, for example, but it’s extremely difficult for the people who grow that produce to obtain legal paperwork. Visas and work permits are expensive and require a long wait period if you are an “unskilled worker” - as in, you and your family might run a farm, but if you don’t have a degree in agricultural engineering and you don’t have someone in the US willing to sponsor you, you’re probably not going to get accepted.
The reason that all of this works the way it does is that in 1994, Mexico joined the US and Canada in signing the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico was required to end all tariffs on agricultural imports, and the US bought out a lot of agricultural companies in Mexico. You can read more about it here (this is the part where it gets complicated).
The gist of what happened was that the US-owned companies produced such cheap corn that millions of small farmers could no longer compete with the prices, and many of our families started to go north to look for work. Just as NAFTA was signed, however, the US implemented multiple “shut downs” in the major crossing points along the US-Mexico border. They knew that they were putting millions of people out of work, and they thought that by shutting down these crossing points and making it more difficult for people to cross legally, they could deter undocumented migration.
What they didn’t understand, however, is that you can’t stop families who are driven by desperation. So our families began to cross through the desert. We work in jobs that you probably wouldn’t want - things like farm work, housekeeping, food processing, and on production lines.
Millions of people who are living without documents in the US were brought here as children, sometimes when they were only a few months old.
We just want to work. We don’t like to be separated from the rest of our families, but I know that without half of us being here now, we could have never given mom a second story to her house. We could never pay for abuelita’s surgery (she’s 95 now and still going strong!). We built up our own farm, too, and my brother-in-law (to be?) even started building his own house for when he can hopefully move back and stay there.
If the millions of undocumented residents of the US were granted citizenship, or even permanent residency, just think of how many hardworking fathers, mothers, and children could go grocery shopping and not worry about being taken into custody after being pulled over at a random traffic stop. Imagine how many people could go to work every day and not worry about an immigration raid on their workplace. Imagine how many people might be able to find better, less dangerous jobs, or fight for better working conditions.
Please understand that most of the discussions on immigration stem from economic or political backgrounds and motives. In order to answer your question, you have to take on the responsibility of looking at it from a humane perspective - we’re talking about people, after all, not goods or services or produce. Migration is very often a response to humanitarian abuses and human rights violations.
After all, would so many people trek through 40 to 50 miles of desert in 100+ degree heat if it wasn’t absolutely necessary?
This was lovely. Thank you.
People who have the idea that we should “round em up and fling them over the border back where they came from” really forget about the human perspective.
All they spew from their mouths are numbers. Digits drilled into their head by biased media.
What better way to isolate a group and make them easier to dehumanize and humiliate than to call them “illegal aliens”.
Connotation, bro.Source: takeouttheyesterday