The immigrant workers do not feel too threatened by competition from the local Americans. They point to the back of the parking lot where the only "gringos" in sight are sleeping on sheets of cardboard or sitting on wooden boxes, surrounded by empty beer cans and booze bottles.Do I even have to comment on the absurdity of this?
"There are a lot of drunks here," said Delgado.
When asked where the American workers were, Del Rio shook his head and said, "Who knows? It just seems like the Latin race likes to work more."
First of all, the term “American workers” does not exclude the “Latin race.” And I refuse to believe that Americans are lazy and there are “a lot of drunks here.” After all, New Orleans drunks are the good, functioning kind of drunks. (Ha, ha – joke.)
Any story on the influx of migrant workers in the New Orleans area that does not point out that the city, state, and federal government have not done enough to return local workers is not a good story. That is the only reason why there is a gap to be filled by the migrant workers. The article even says “While New Orleans residents are slow to return…,” but does not tell us *why* they are slow to return. In fact, the article implies that we are slow to return because we do not want to work.
I am here. I am working. If the others were here, they would be working, too.
Overall, the media is really disappointing me. Are there any well-told, accurate stories out there?