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Resentment in Louisiana

by Mac McMullen / November 4, 2005 10:37 PM PST

I vividly recall a CNN video during the early days of Katrina that included the reporter saying ''They are so poor, and so black''.

And now we're hearing from the media, that workers from out of state, particularly from Mexico, are causing ill will. A New York company, LVI Services, has brought in semi trailers filled with bunks, rows of portable toilets, some tents, and is providing security with armed guards dressed in black t-shirts reading ''Police''.

This is ''home'' to hundreds of workers, some of whom say they are in the US illegally. They are busy every day cleaning mold off the insides of buildings, and removing debris.

All of this has stirred up resentment in Louisiana, from the highest level of politico's to the lowest level of the labor market. As they see it, these are a bunch of outsiders who have come to Louisiana to profit from their grief, and are denying them jobs.

This all leads to the question, if they are so poor, and so black, and unemployed, and looking for jobs............ WHERE ARE THEY......when there is so much work to be done in Louisiana !

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by jonah jones / November 4, 2005 10:42 PM PST

"This all leads to the question, if they are so poor, and so black, and unemployed, and looking for jobs............ WHERE ARE THEY......when there is so much work to be done in Louisiana !"

i hear that 4 of them are helping josh settle in Wink


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Living the 'life of Riley' compared
by John Robie / November 4, 2005 11:59 PM PST

to what they had in N.O.

With free rent paid by Uncle for a year in a nice apartment, why return to N.O. slums & work there.

In fact one caused a $600,000 apartment fire just the other day:

''Arson Capt. Art Villarreal said a Katrina evacuee who had smoked in bed accidentally ignited the fire.

Richard Condon, who had been homeless in New Orleans, told arson investigators that he tried to put the fire out, but it got away from him. The 62-year-old man got out of his second-story apartment and closed the door. Villarreal said Condon didn't warn anyone about the fire.''

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We have 100's of homeless right here
by John Robie / November 5, 2005 12:21 AM PST

in this city. Guess we need a disaster for the Govt to give them free rent in a nice apartment, clothes, food, furniture, offer local jobs, etc....

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John, Economics 101:
by Paul C / November 5, 2005 6:49 AM PST

You get most of what you subsidize most. The Mexicans receive NO subsidies from their or our government; therefore, they work. I'll leave aside the immigration issue for later.

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