February 22, 2006

IF THE NATIVES WERE WILLING TO WORK THE PLACE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN SUCH A DUMP TO BEGIN WITH:

Hispanics rush in to rebuild New Orleans (Guy Taylor, February 22, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Pinto Robson has seen a big change in the number of migrant laborers gathering each morning by the Gen. Robert E. Lee statue since he started parking his silver breakfast truck nearby three months ago.

"In December, there were about 100 people; now, there are about 600 every morning," he said, gesturing toward the bronze figure of the Confederate icon, which looms over a scene that seems as good an indicator as any of the changes this city faces in its recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"They come from countries across Latin America," said Mr. Robson, 62, an immigrant from Brazil, who is friendly with many of the laborers as he sells them a breakfast of chicken, rice and hard-boiled eggs.

Although hard statistics may be impossible to come by, it appears the number of Hispanic laborers arriving along the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Mobile, Ala., to gut houses, fix roofs and take on other day labor jobs continues to increase.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2006 8:33 AM
Comments

Why the immigrants from Brazil? I thought the Brazilian economy was bubbling up.

Posted by: erp at February 22, 2006 9:19 AM

The natives? Actually, how long would you be willing to sleep out, and pay two dollars to use a bathroom or 10 dollars to shower? That's what these guys are doing. No, the "natives" aren't interested in that deal any more than you probably are.

Posted by: Markus at February 22, 2006 12:10 PM

Markus:

Thus immigration.

Posted by: oj at February 22, 2006 12:34 PM

Actually, how long would you be willing to sleep out, and pay two dollars to use a bathroom or 10 dollars to shower?

If I were getting $ 300,000 a year, which is the American equivalent of what these Mexicans are getting, then I'd be willing for a Very Long Time.

In point of fact I DID live "rough" for months at a time for $ 30,000 a year, plus decent benefits, when I was in the military.

Posted by: Noam Chomsky at February 23, 2006 5:51 AM
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