June 7, 2006


Hispanics flock to Gulf Coast for work opportunities (Stephen Ohlemacher, June 7, 2006, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita drove an estimated 450,000 people from their communities along the Gulf Coast last year, but in the storms' wake, Hispanics moved in -- perhaps 100,000 or more.

New government estimates show a region slammed by population losses four months after the storms. Orleans Parish in Louisiana lost 279,000 people, and nearby St. Bernard Parish lost 61,000, or 95 percent of its residents.

Hispanics, however, swept in by the tens of thousands, according to estimates released yesterday by the Census Bureau.

Jose Rios, a Mexican immigrant from Eagle Point, Texas, runs a food trailer near a spot in New Orleans where dozens of immigrants wait each morning to be picked up for a day's work.

"Every time you look up on the roofs, the guys doing the hard work, they're all Hispanic," said Mr. Rios, 36.

Guillermo Meneses, spokesman for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said, "Where you see work and the opportunity for work, you will see Latinos."

If we keep importing people to America who are driven by the work ethic we'll go right back to being a Puritan nation....

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 7, 2006 1:58 PM

In Mexico, Mexican laborers are perceived to be lazy, hanging around doing nothing. The same Mexican laborers are the hardest workers in the United States. This is a definitive proof that the problems in Mexico are the govt., the ruling elite, not the people. I believe the same thing is true for most of the third world countries. Two more proofs: China, India.

Posted by: ic at June 7, 2006 2:48 PM

Not quite true, IC. We get their top ten percent, and our top ten join the military. Good if selfish reasons for avoiding the reform of Mexico.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at June 7, 2006 3:20 PM

The article paints a rosy picture but there is more to it. There were many legitimate established employment agencies that sent workers there. They were rejected because the Hispanics worked much cheaper. Economics played more a part than expertise, hard work, etc.

Posted by: Tom Wall at June 7, 2006 6:32 PM

Hard work is economics.

Posted by: oj at June 7, 2006 7:20 PM

Another really great contribution of the Mexicans is their development of the sport of Siluetas Metalicas, which involves shooting at metal cut-outs of animals at varying distances--a super game.


Posted by: Lou Gots at June 7, 2006 8:04 PM

As it turns out, IC, the same is true of the good ol' USA...

And OJ, I'm not sure I get the connection between Puritanism and a work ethic.

Posted by: Lonbud at June 7, 2006 10:53 PM

Well, Lonbud, It was orginally called the Protestant work ethic.....

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at June 7, 2006 11:43 PM

Hey, welcome back Lonbud!

Posted by: erp at June 8, 2006 7:42 AM