Monday, October 24, 2005

Who's Rebuilding New Orleans?

Take a wild guess:

Immigrant workers - some in the country illegally - have been pouring into New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

While no one knows how many Hispanic workers are in New Orleans, teams of Mexican and Central American laborers drawn from around the United States appear throughout the city. Wearing white protective suits and yellow boots, they pressure wash mold-infested rooms, tear out Sheetrock, rip down soaked insulation and empty rotten shrimp from refrigerators.

They retire at night to downtown or outlying hotels paid for by contractors, sometimes four or more to a room, or in tents in city parks. They are some of the more visible occupants of a half-empty city.


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