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Local labour to rebuild after Katrina? ....... NOT

by JP Bill / June 28, 2006 2:45 PM PDT
A small hurricane-devastated city wants to import Chinese labor to rebuild itself, writes Richard Fausset

A small hurricane-devastated city wants to import Chinese labor to rebuild itself, writes Richard Fausset

Frustration over the pace of rebuilding is rampant along the Mississippi Gulf Coast some 10 months after Hurricane Katrina. But in the small city of D'Iberville, Mississippi, leaders are hoping to jump-start construction with an unorthodox solution: importing hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of Chinese laborers to build shopping malls, condominiums and casinos.


Recall the discussion here about not wanting "outsiders" as in "out of state workers" taking work from locals and training locals?
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Different situation
by dirtyrich / June 28, 2006 3:03 PM PDT

you cannot compare day-to-day work to emergency situations such as KAtrina. Unfortunately, our current systems of bureaucracy and unions do not make for rapid reconstruction domestically. Hiring immigrants sidesteps this bureaucracy.
Note also that the immigrants are invited to serve a need, which has precedence in US history.
Close, but no cigar... so try again.

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What I noticed was...
by J. Vega / June 28, 2006 3:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Different situation

What I noticed was the words "a company must show that no American is interested in doing the job in question."
To be honest something else also caught my eye:
"Quave, 55, is one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the plan. In a phone interview, the part-time politician and grocery owner referred to Chinese President Hu Jintao as "emperor," and admitted he was no expert on U.S. labor law."

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day-to-day work
by JP Bill / June 28, 2006 8:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Different situation

There are still thousands of people with NO homes, constructing a home/house is not day to day work when you're living in a tent and cooking over a fire.

Pray/hope for no major disasters this hurricane season.

There are years of work just to get back to where they were before Katrina.

You would consider it emergency if you were the one without a home.

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and where are these people
by Mark5019 / June 28, 2006 10:32 PM PDT
In reply to: day-to-day work

live ing in hotels
shouldnt rebuild no

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You misunderstand
by dirtyrich / June 29, 2006 12:42 AM PDT
In reply to: day-to-day work

I'm saying that this situation IS NOT day to day work, hence the need for a large, cheap work force that immigrants can bring.
You complained that this would violate the conservative sentiment against illegal aliens... and it does not due to the emergency situation. Conservatives are more concerned with illegal aliens taking day-to-day work from American citizens, such as the planned construction of a new commercial center or farming in fields.

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I did?
by JP Bill / June 29, 2006 12:54 AM PDT
In reply to: You misunderstand
You complained that this would violate the conservative sentiment against illegal aliens...and it does not due to the emergency situation.

Did not, show me where.

Months ago I said that people should be allowed to come from other parts of the country to do the work.

Others said they work should be done by locals. In fact the locals ldidn't want outsiders doing the work.

I said there is too much for the locals to do
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As I remember...
by J. Vega / June 29, 2006 1:16 AM PDT
In reply to: I did?

As I remember, the discussion centered on U.S. Government rebuild projects and union membership requirements. "Right to Work" states, and such factors.

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(NT) (NT) There was one on Bacon Davis and another 1 or 2
by JP Bill / June 29, 2006 1:40 AM PDT
In reply to: As I remember...
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Big deal,
by duckman / June 28, 2006 9:11 PM PDT

just work Americans don't want to do. If the lazy locals don't want to do it, get someone that will.

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Don't think that's the problem
by Diana Forum moderator / June 28, 2006 9:21 PM PDT
In reply to: Big deal,

There aren't enough locals with the proper skills. Those that have the skills will probably be working on getting the larger cities up and running (like Biloxi with the casinos) and smaller cities like this one and Long Beach and Pass Christian will be on the back burner indefinitely.

Diana

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No answer but some logistics to consider
by Steven Haninger / June 28, 2006 9:15 PM PDT

Importing large numbers of laborers from somewhere will, again, cost plenty. Construction work tends to be seasonal and dependant on contracts anyway. When you look at a big highway project or building project and see the labor force, you are probably looking at plenty of folks who do not live in the area. They go where the work is.

Training locals to do the labor takes money and time. Time sounds like it's a big issue. Once the locals are trained and the job is complete, what becomes of the new skills the locals have learned? Is there enough local work to sustain them in this occupation? If not, and they are lucky, their old job might be available. If not, they are back to poverty or might need to move to find work.

To me, this sounds like reaching the objective in a reasonable time could be held up by the PC police. Too bad we have to be so careful at times we are afraid to move at all.

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