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Monday, September 19, 2005

Immigrants & Katrina

From the Wall Street Journal (subscription):

Among those whose lives were torn apart by Hurricane Katrina are legions of undocumented workers who supported the service economy along the Gulf Coast. No reliable statistics exist on the number of undocumented immigrants, though a total of up to 300,000 Mexicans, Hondurans and Guatemalans were living in the storm-damaged areas, according to estimates by those countries' consulates.

Lacking assured access to government aid and fearful of being deported, many illegal immigrants are drawing on family, friends and the Latino community to help them rebuild their lives... [T]hese migrants are often adept at dealing with adversity. Although some yearn to return to New Orleans, they are motivated to find jobs quickly because they typically provide a financial lifeline for relatives back home.

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