October 8, 2005

THE HISPANIC BIG EASY WILL BE AN IMPROVEMENT:

Big Easy cleanup a foreign affair (Adam Nossiter, October 8, 2005, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

They clear rotten seafood from stinking restaurant freezers, wash excrement from the floors of the Superdome, rip out wads of soaked insulation. The work is hot, nasty and critical to the recovery of New Orleans.

And yet, many of the workers are not actually from New Orleans.

Many of those engaged in the huge cleanup and reconstruction effort here -- nobody has an exact count -- are immigrants, both legal and illegal, from Mexico and Central America.

Meanwhile, as many as 80,000 New Orleanians sit idle in shelters around the country. They are out of work, homeless and destitute.

If the natives were willing to do such real work the city wouldn't have been such a hole in the first place.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2005 9:49 AM
Comments

Out with the American "football", in with the real football.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 8, 2005 11:25 AM

Back about 12 or so years ago, a World Cup preliminary match, a so-called "friendly" had been scheduled between the USA and Mexico national teams.

Tickets for the match at the Meadowlands stadium were being distributed via FIFA affiliated s***er clubs, rather that through the usual commercial sports ticket channels.

This produed a minor international incident when the Mexican consulate complained on behalf of all the Mexican and other Hispanic guest-workers up and down the East-coast who wanted to attend but couldn't find anyone to sell them a ticket.

Something was very wrong with this. People by the millions were sitting on their dupas in NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C., in commuting distance of unpicked crops, and so many foriegners were coming in to to their work that we couldn't get the s***er tickets to them fast enough.

So that's the way it's going to be in N.O.?

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 8, 2005 11:32 AM

[A]s many as 80,000 New Orleanians sit idle in shelters around the country. They are out of work, homeless and destitute.

If the natives were willing to do such real work the city wouldn't have been such a hole in the first place.

Especially since all you have to do is SHOW UP.
The demolition/clean-up companies aren't checking any IDs, and they're providing housing.

If any of the destitute shelter-folk wanted to work, they could find a church group to buy them a bus ticket to LA, and be working the day after they arrived.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 9, 2005 6:42 AM
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