Many of the employers of illegal aliens still pay them wages similar to that they would pay any other worker, but the illegals have a better work ethic in many cases.
Which takes us back to something I touched on earlier. I'm not sure if it's their work ethic is good, or ours has gone to pot. It seems the three top retirement plans are welfare, a lottery ticket, or sue someone. When you come to rely on someone or something you forget how to take care of yourself and your family. The illegals have no Government to help them, so they know how to take care of themselves.
During my discussions with people on the horse slaughter issue, many say there are just Mexicans working in those plants so it won't hurt to shut them down. They are just meaningless minimum wage jobs. My answer has always been, well at least they're taking responsibility for their family, willing to work at any kind of job to support them. Rather then just sit around drawing another welfare check.
Look what happened when Katrina hit. Most of New Orleans lived off the city, or the state, or the Federal Govt. When they had to take care of themselves, they didn't know what to do. Some thought finding Nikes and plasma TVs at 100% off, is fending for yourself. Sometimes I am amazed at people's inability to care for themselves when something like a hurricane happens. But then I've never lived in a big city like they do, and accordingly I've had the opportunity to experience situations where you have to take care of yourself, because there is no one else around to do it.
I wonder if this country would really fall apart if welfare stopped tomorrow. I wouldn't mind finding out.