fforts by U.S. elites to turn America into a multicultural society through mass immigration has already cost many Americans their lives through crime and alien drunk drivers. Now a new danger has emerged: Americans may be in peril from unqualified immigrant airline mechanics.
Investigative journalists from station WFAA in Dallas/Fort Worth have discovered that hundreds of mechanics with questionable licenses and no English skills are working on and maintaining aircraft. Thanks to NAFTA, the free trade agreement with Mexico, tens of thousands of unqualified mechanics are being imported to work on airplanes.
In 2003, 21 people were killed when U.S. Airways Flight 5481 crashed in Charlotte, North Carolina, after spinning out of control on take off. One reason for the crash, according to FAA investigators, was that mechanics had incorrectly connected the cables to some of the plane's control surfaces in the repair shop. The FAA was cited for improper oversight of the repair.
Repairing airplanes is complicated, and the repair manuals are written in English. Mechanics consult the manuals and make repairs on a step-by-step basis and record their actions so the next person to work on the plane will know what was done. If mechanics don't speak English, which is the international language of aviation, they can't read the manuals and can't record their actions, or communicate effectively with English-speaking supervisors or coworkers.
Reporters for WFAA discovered last month that hundreds of mechanics working at more than 236 FAA-certified aircraft repair facilities in Texas do not speak English and are unable to read repair manuals.
One airline mechanic who requested anonymity to protect his job from pro-immigration higher-ups, told WFAA that many of his coworkers are aliens who can't read English. "There are people [where I work] who do not know how to read a maintenance manual as they are spelled out, because they don't have a clue."
Supervisors are supposed to oversee the repairs of mechanics who can't read the manuals and can't write down the work they've done. But that creates a huge problem, said one certified airplane mechanic supervisor. "I need an interpreter to talk to these people. They can't read the manuals, they can't write, and I have so many working for me, I can't be sure of the work they've done."
When a supervisor signs his name to certify the repair has been done properly, he is legally responsible for it. That puts enormous pressure on the English-speaking supervisors.
"I've been wanting to leave the company," a certified mechanic told WFAA. "But with the economy the way it is, I've got kids to feed and I have to stay here. I don't want to be anywhere near one of those planes when it kills somebody."
American mechanics say safety is definitely at risk because of the foreign mechanics, most from Mexico. "In my opinion," said one, "company owners should all be locked up because someone's going to die eventually, if it hasn't already happened," WFAA reported.
Two of the biggest airlines in Texas, American and Southwest, both require mechanics and their technicians to speak, read, and write English. But mechanics working elsewhere say their shops are filled with non-English speaking workers.
FAA refused to be interviewed for WFAA's report.
WFAA reported later that even though 100,000 American airline mechanics are out of work, the NAFTA trade agreement with Mexico allows airline repair shops to import mechanics from Mexico. They are eligible for what's called a TN visa. NAFTA allows professionals such as doctors and lawyers to work in the U.S. But it also allows other skilled professions with "licenses" to enter the country.
"If they're licensed in Mexico, and if they’re licensed mechanic, it's possible that they could be considered a 'professional,'" said Michelle Scopellite, a Dallas immigration attorney.
But WFAA discovered that many Mexican mechanics in the U.S. who have TN visas were not licensed in Mexico. But to get into the U.S., a Mexican mechanic need only convince a U.S. immigration officer that his paperwork means he is a "professional" who is entitled to the TN visa.
The FAA does not require an aircraft mechanic to be certified in the U.S. to work on an airplane.
A former certified mechanic said he had serious misgivings about letting aliens do some repair work.
"I would work with these guys sometimes, and I was assigned a couple of mechanics. I would help them out, but when it came to critical issues such as operation of flight control and systems and radio correspondence, I would refuse," he said.
He told WFAA that he saw Mexican mechanics working on structural repairs, as well as complex electronics inside the aircraft belonging to big name airlines.
The government granted 88,000 TN visas last year. No one knows how many went to aircraft mechanics. There is no limit to the number of TN visas that can be granted.