Undocumented Immigrants And The United States Essay

1245 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 null Page
Unlike others willing to help reconstruct the Gulf Coast region, immigrants were criticized and feared, not welcomed and lauded. Indeed, local citizens and public officials demanded action to halt immigrants from "taking" American jobs and transforming the racial identity of a major southern city. Government acted in ways to attract labor including immigrant workers to the region to assist in the recovery efforts. As is characteristic of the treatment of undocumented labor in the United States, many workers were exploited by employers; paid low wages to work for long hours in difficult, often unsafe, conditions; and lived in substandard and unhealthy housing. The African American mayor of New Orleans expressed his fear of the city being "overrun by Mexican workers. Undocumented immigrants, are characterized as both abusers of public benefit programs and as job takers who hurt U.S. citizens. They either do not work and consume welfare or work and steal jobs; either way, undocumented immigrants are viewed as economically injuring true Americans. As it turns out, Hurricane Katrina is symptomatic of a more general problem in the governance of the United States. A shadow population of millions of undocumented immigrants who are abused and exploited live in the United States and lack any formal input into the political process. They, as well as many lawful immigrants, hold second-class status in U.S. social life and, more specifically, constitute part of a low wage caste of color.…

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