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We already have a guest worker program

Posted by schroeder915 on November 29, 2005

It’s called ICE — Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE agents roamed the streets of New Orleans for weeks while thousands of undocumented workers were hired by FEMA hurricane cleanup contractors — workers, who, because of their illegal status, work for less, and are taken advantage of. One agent admitted to me that the orders were to NOT do enforcement activities.

Those were jobs that unemployed, displaced locals could have been doing. Contractors lived in tents? So? I bet if you recruited displaced residents at FEMA and Red Cross aid centers around the country, you’d have seen more than enough willing workers.

Thunder in the House
has a good analysis of the hypocrisy behind President Bush’s call for a guest worker program.

More:

Jay Root and Aaron Davis, “Undocumented immigrants flock to jobs on Gulf Coast,” Sun-Herald.

Rovert Lovato, “Gulf Coast Slaves,” Salon.com, reprinted in truthout.org.

“Undocumented workers catch hell in New Orleans …,” DailyKOS.

“Slaving for Halliburton in New Orleans,” New Mexico Indy Media.

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2 Responses to “We already have a guest worker program”

  1. BrStarr said

    Thanks for the link.

    I love that Cafe Press stuff. “Now do you care about New Orleans” hits it right on the spot even for those of us not from the area.

    Did you see that post I made a couple of weeks ago? I’m not sure how far down people get when they read the blog, but I thought someone from New Orleans might appreciate it.

    Should Peoria pay for terrorism risk? It’s starts out on terrorism insurance, but does a big part on New Orleans, why farm belt states should be crying for its rebuilding, and why the federal government should help.

    I’ll put a link to here on the side bar too.

  2. Schroeder said

    I did NOT see the New Orleans post, so thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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