'immigration' on Serious Eats

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Anthony Bourdain didn't pull any punches when he was interviewed by my friend Robb Walsh on the subject of illegal immigrants working in restaurant kitchens. "People have differing opinions on what we should do about immigration in the future. How open or how closed our borders should be. Fine. But let's be honest, at least, about who is cooking in America NOW. Who we rely on--have relied on for decades. The bald fact is that the entire restaurant industry in America would close down overnight, would never recover, if current immigration laws were enforced quickly and thoroughly across the board. Everyone in the industry knows this. It is undeniable. Illegal labor is the backbone of the service and hospitality industry--Mexican,... More

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