January 23, 2006

THE BLUING OF NATIVISM:

Day-Laborer Study Finds Community Ties: Immigrants Often Have Families, Attend Church and Are Hired by Homeowners (Peter Prengaman, January 23, 2006, Associated Press)

The immigrant day laborers who wait for work on street corners across the United States have families and attend church regularly, and the people who hire them are more likely to be individual homeowners than construction contractors.

The first nationwide study of day laborers also found that one in five has been injured on the job and nearly half have been cheated of pay.

The study, the most detailed snapshot to date of the mostly Hispanic and often undocumented immigrants who have become a focal point in the immigration debate, was based on interviews of 2,660 workers at 264 hiring sites in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

The authors said they were surprised by the level of community involvement among men often thought of as transients.


Red America is not ultimately going to get rid of like-minded people who it exploits for labor. Democrats, on the other hand, are threatened both by the social views and the willingness to work for non-union wages.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2006 9:57 AM
Comments

Why is the AP stuck on describing them as "undocumented immigrants" as if there was such a thing?

Posted by: John J. Coupal at January 23, 2006 10:43 AM

They mostly work for Democratic Supreme Court nominees.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at January 23, 2006 11:39 AM

John J. gave us a good case for rectification of names. Whatever our sympathy for the individuals described in the article, Orwellian manipulation of language is in no one's interest. Orwell himself told us why.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 23, 2006 4:10 PM
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