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Undocumented aliens rebuilding Biloxi, say they deserve visas

This is going to send the Freeper crowd over the edge. Can’t wait to see the comments on this story.

With the requirement relaxed regarding the need for contractors to pay more than the prevailing wage for employees rebuilding in the hurricane-affected states, I commented that the influx of illegal workers would begin in earnest, and welcomed by those contractors. I knew it wouldn’t be long before you would hear of worker abuse, severely low wages and who knows what kind of hazardous conditions these folks would have to work under.

This is the Bush economy, and the Freeper fringe goes nuts every time that the subject of immigration and undocumented workers flooding across the border comes up. I’m sure that Bush will push for the visas, and this is going to piss his Rethug base off big time. (MS Sun Herald):

As Biloxi rises from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, it is doing much of it on the backs of undocumented foreign workers. Some are starting to suggest that their contributions are worth at least a temporary visa.

If we are working and helping to raise this city, at least they should give us a work visa,” said Manuel Armenta, a 44-year-old Mexican who came to Biloxi five months ago to do cleaning work at a hotel.

His old workplace – and his apartment – are now in ruins, but the hurricane created plenty of new jobs: cleaning up the hotels and casinos that fed much of the economy and putting new roofing on buildings of all sorts. President Bush long ago proposed allowing more immigrants to work in the United States legally, but so far his ideas haven’t gotten past Congress. Many migrants living here illegally constantly worry about being detained and expelled.

A visa “would help us to not have fear,” said Hugo Martinez, 37, who has been working alongside Armenta. So far, there’s been little risk. The Department of Homeland Security has announced a 45-day period in which employers would not be fined for hiring undocumented workers. It said that was because many people had lost their proof of citizenship or legal residence in the storm.

Martinez said that many of the people he knows working in hurricane cleanup and roofing are undocumented.

It should also be noted that even as they rebuild areas for U.S. citizens to move back to, undocumented workers are not entitled to help from the FEMA if they’ve lost the roof over their heads.

While his evangelical base is easy to corral, the Chimp’s real base is the long list of friends in corporate goons that want to pay as little as possible in taxes, screw the workers and buy as many homes and yachts as possible — this move is their pay day.

The Freepers will be up in arms, and Rove is going to have to put up another smokescreen like the deviant homos, to distract them from turning on his master.

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