By Evan Smith ’11

Immigration has always been a hot button topic in this nation. Issues surrounding how illegal aliens take over predominantly American jobs have brought the subject to the forefront of modern-day politics.

Relating to these matters of job loss, the other day I went into the Chipotle at Kingsdale Shopping Center and was infuriated to see that the working staff was entirely Caucasian. There was not a single Mexican person in the entire restaurant.

Later that day, I went to the Chipotle website, where it states that the restaurant is an eating establishment where “integrity” is the main focus. They tout all-natural ingredients, the friendly atmosphere, the fair pricing of their food, etc., but how can a restaurant proclaim “integrity” when it disregards the people whose namesake they use in the restaurant’s title—Chipotle Mexican Grill?

Perhaps it is because these persons of non-Mexican heritage are willing to work for less, or perhaps it is because they do the jobs that Mexicans themselves are not willing to do—I don’t know. What I am certain of, however, is that we have a serious issue on our hands, and the quality of the food suffers. It’s common knowledge that Mexican food prepared by a non-Mexican person results in a poorly wrapped burrito, as well as a poor meat-to-rice ratio resulting in several all-rice bites, and that is unacceptable.

Therefore, I propose several ideas which may fix this issue. My first proposal is that we as a nation set up a giant wall around every Chipotle in the country. This way, only authorized Mexicans will be allowed to enter and work at any Chipotle. Also, a group of patriotic food-lovers known as the Minutemen, named after the minute it takes for a burrito to be made by a Mexican person (as opposed to the five minutes it takes people of other ethnicities), are willing to devote a part of their time to guard these boarders.

While these proposed solutions are practical and easy to enforce, many out there scoff at this issue. Non-Mexican workers at Chipotle have, by some accounts, claimed to be “sojourners” who only wish to help their families. They state that once they have enough money, they will leave Chipotle and return to more traditional American fast food restaurants, like Taco Bell or Panda Express.

I still believe, though, that my solution is the only one that will finally solve this crisis. So the next time you bite into that taco or burrito, remember that the hard-working Mexican people who depended on Chipotle as a source of income are no longer being employed. More importantly, think about the quality of the food, because that is really the only thing that matters in the end.