Like many workers at the meatpacking plant here, Raul A. Garcia has watched with some discomfort as hundreds of Somali immigrants have moved to town in the past couple of years, many of them to fill jobs once held by Latino workers.
Mr. Garcia has been particularly troubled by the Somalis’ demand that they be allowed special breaks for prayers that are obligatory for devout Muslims. The breaks, he said, would inconvenience everyone else.
“The Latino is very humble,” said Mr. Garcia, 73, who has worked at the plant, owned by JBS U.S.A. Inc., since 1994. “But they are arrogant,” he said of the Somali workers. “They act like the United States owes them.”
“They act like the United States owes them.” We wonder how those Somalians could have possibly gotten that idea...
"The Somalis are by and large in this country legally as political refugees. Some companies, like Swift & Company, which owned the plant in Grand Island until being bought up by the Brazilian conglomerate JBS last year, have made a particular pitch for Somalis because of their legal status.
In dozens of interviews here... Latino and other residents seemed mostly bewildered, if not downright suspicious, of the Somalis.
In a counterprotest on Sept. 17, more than 1,000 Latino workers lined up... in opposition to the concessions to the Somalis."