October 4, 2005

TOUGH CALL FOR THE RIGHT (via Kevin Whited):

Post-Katrina easing of labor laws stirs debate: Foreign workers may form a big part of Gulf Coast reconstruction. (Monica Campbell, 10/04/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

Mario Pérez, muscular and 16 years old, is a budding carpenter. Next to him is Samuel Sánchez, 32, an experienced roofer. Fed up with earning $4 a day in Mexico, they recently arrived at this tiny town on the Mexican-New Mexican border to start the two-day walk to the US.

They talked about where they would go. "Probably Texas," said Mr. Sánchez. "What about New Orleans?" suggested Mr. Pérez.

In the wake of hurricane Katrina, recent moves by the US government may help would-be migrants like Sánchez and Pérez decide where to go. And decisions in Washington are reigniting the immigration debate.

At a time when Latino immigrants are expected to form a big part of the Gulf Coast reconstruction labor pool, the Department of Homeland Security has temporarily suspended sanctioning employers who hire workers unable to prove their citizenship, essentially allowing contractors to hire undocumented workers.

That move followed President Bush's Sept. 8 decision to lift in Katrina-hit areas the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act, which requires federal contractors to pay at least the average regional wage.


Do you hate Mexicans so much you're willing to side with Big Labor?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 4, 2005 5:22 PM
Comments

Bienvenidos a Nueva Orleans.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at October 4, 2005 9:16 PM

Fed up with earning $4 a day in Mexico...

They can make $ 15 an hour, or better, in NOLA or MS.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 4, 2005 10:45 PM
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