Chipotle CEO Says Business Plan Needs More Imported Labor for Burrito Rolling

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This past year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audited fast-growing, fast-food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill (ICE still does paper audits, it seems). On inspection, ICE found that Chipotle had knowingly hired over 500 illegal immigrants. Now Chipotle’s co-leader, Monty Moran, is upset about having to train and hire American workers: he is complaining to senators that “Immigration is really messed up.”

Since Moran has been deprived of a labor pool willing to work for laughably low wages, he’s struggling to find American workers to take over burrito-rolling duties without increasing salary and benefits to attract a domestic supply. Because immigrants are “critical to [Chipotle’s] success” according to The Wall Street Journal, Moran wants an influx of legal workers (guest-workers, perhaps?), preferably still willing to work for peanuts. Some might call this a “cheap labor business plan.” Trouble is, this “cheap labor” is bankrupting the nation.

Employers like Moran are indicative of a system we’ve allowed Wall Street to build in America, a system that relies on low-paid immigrant labor to keep our lawns trim, our strawberries picked, and our burritos rolled, all for the lowest wage possible. We’re all going broke in the process.

The government can build border fences to the moon, but as long as companies develop business plans that assume lower-cost imported labor, our cheap, delicious burritos – along with the beleaguered American taxpayer — will continue to be rolled by a cheap, inexhaustible supply of illegal labor.  Call it “the burrito effect.” 

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    POSTED! NO LEGAL NEED APPLY!

    ACROSS THE COUNTRY, EVEN DESPITE THE STAGGERING UNEMPLOYMENT, LA RAZA OBAMA HAS SABOTAGED E-VERIFY TO HELP EMPLOYERS PUT ILLEGALS IN OUR JOBS.
    THIS BUYS THE ILLEGALS’ VOTES FOR OBAMA, AND KEEPS HIS CORPORATE PAYMASTERS, BENT ON PAYING MISERABLE WAGES, HAPPY AND GENEROU$$$$.
    THERE IS A REASON WHY THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DEMANDS AMNESTY, OPEN BORDERS, NO E-VERIFY!
    THERE IS A REASON WHY OBAMA PUT A LA RAZA SUPREMACIST, MEXICAN HILDA SOLIS IN AS SECRETARY OF DEPT. OF LABOR!

    First Audited, Now Investigated: Chipotle Faces Criminal Investigation ( ICE in California? )

    First Audited, Now Investigated: Chipotle Faces Criminal Investigation over Illegal Hiring Practices
    Thursday, April 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT – posted on NumbersUSA

    First the federal government audited Chipotle outlets in Minnesota and found hundreds of employees were illegal aliens. Next, the process was repeated in the Washington, D.C.-area with the same result: Chipotle was found to have hired illegal aliens. Now the feds have launched a criminal investigation into the chain’s hiring practices.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., has sought documents from Chipotle regarding their employment practices. The U.S. Attorney’s office does not comment on specific cases, but a spokesperson did say the office works with ICE and other federal agencies to investigate suspected criminal offenses.

    Monty Moran, the co-CEO of Chipotle, said the company is “not fully aware of the specific details about how these agencies do their work [and] will continue to work closely with government officials to answer their questions.” According to the Journal, Chipotle is “installing various new procedures for verifying employees’ immigration status” and Moran “believes [Chipotle’s] plan will address (ICE’s) concerns [and] we are working now to roll out those enhancements.”

    Since the Minnesota and D.C.-area audits, Chipotle has required all outlets to use the E-Verify system to verify new hires.

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    FAIRUS.org
    steinreport.com
    The study finds that employers favor immigrant workers – particularly illegal aliens – because they work for lower wages, do not demand health care and other benefits, and because businesses can avoid paying payroll taxes.
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    January 21, 2011

    New Report Draws Direct Link Between Immigration and Unemployment for American Workers

    by Ira Mehlman
    While unemployment in the United States remains stubbornly high (officially 9.4%, but actually closer to 17% when discouraged workers and people relegated to part-time work are factored in), the picture for immigrants is much brighter. According to a forthcoming report from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, some 1.1 million legal and illegal immigrants entered the U.S. labor force between 2008 and 2010. Over the same period, employment for American workers declined by 6.26 million jobs.
    In an interview with Reuters, the author of the study, Andrew Sum, makes it clear that the hiring boom for new immigrants – about 35% of whom are in the country illegally – has come directly at the expense of American workers. “Employers have chosen to use new immigrants over native-born workers and have continued to displace large numbers of blue-collar workers and young adults without college degrees,” states Sum.
    The study finds that employers favor immigrant workers – particularly illegal aliens – because they work for lower wages, do not demand health care and other benefits, and because businesses can avoid paying payroll taxes.
    The majority of immigrant workers who entered the U.S. labor force between 2008 and 2010 took jobs that could be done by unemployed American workers. These include jobs in construction, hotels and food services, retail trade, sanitation and cleaning.
    The report amounts to a devastating indictment of America’s political leadership that has allowed millions of American workers and their families to suffer by maintaining immigration policies that prevent them from gaining access to jobs in their own country.

    MEXICANOCCUPATION.blogspot.com

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    Fine. Let him hire guest workers at US minimum wage with the 12.4% payroll tax he and the worker would have to pay if the worker were a citizen going to a fund to be distributed to the states to compensate for the cost of educating the average 4.6 children this immigrant will have. Require that the employer also provides FULL FAMILY HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. Perhaps if they are required to compensate the immigrant at the same rate they have to compensate US workers rather than having the taxpayer pick up to extra costs necessary to provide for that family, the “labor shortage” will disappear.

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    Marty Morans Chipotle Grill is just some more Mexican slop that’s only fit for the illegal aliens that work for that piece of #$%&. So most of the citizens I know won’t support that rathole taco stand.

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    I will research the web and find all products this company produces and be sure NEVER EVER buy any product they make. Anybody with me?…..As the LA Times reports…2% of illegal aliens in CA pick the crops while 29% are on welfare. It’s ppl like Morons (sp is not wrong in this case) who are driving this country into labor bankruptcy. Shame on you Marty Moran

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    My wife is from Mexico, so I don’t have to go to places like Marty Moran’s to eat the high-priced faux Mex crap that he produces. So-called “businesspeople” like Moran have been whining about not having workers ever since Reagan first put conditions on hiring back in 1986! Since the vast majority of politicians are willing to sell their souls for the bucks needed to run campaigns, the slimy, underpaying Marty Morans of our “business sector” will always exist. Whenever I want to each genuine Mexican fare and my wife is unable to provide I simply don’t eat any until I am able to go to Mexico. Marty Moran will never get rich off my patronage!