Will cheap illegal labor, working in substandard or illegal conditions and working on federal government contracts, rebuild New Orleans? Will major contractors pocket the difference between what they would have paid Americans and what they will pay those illegal aliens?
And, will all this happen with the support of both "liberals" and "conservatives"?
Will this become a major scandal revealing both Republican and Democratic corruption, or will the news media be able to sweep it under the rug?
Yesterday, Mayor Ray Nagin raised the issue of illegal aliens working in New Orleans at a townhall meeting. In a speech that ended in a standing ovation, Nagin wondered how to "make sure that New Orleans is not overrun by Mexican workers."
An investigator with the Laborers Union, Rafael Duran, said that outside the New Orleans Arena, he had encountered Mexican teenagers perhaps 15 or 16 years old who had been removing excrement-fouled carpets.
While some cleanup workers in New Orleans are staying in hotels, Duran said the teenagers on the carpet-removal job told him they were sleeping in a field under a tent, and had gotten bitten by mosquitoes.
So, we have the reality of these shelters full of people wanting work and then you see Mexican workers being brought in from Texas, and when they're done, doing this dirty work, they will be put on the back of trucks, piled into trucks and they go to wherever it is that they were staying.
I suggest using this issue to find out where our leaders stand. On the one side, American workers rebuilding an American city. On the other, corruption, corporatism, and a modern-day hacienda system.
Please contact your representatives and urge them to do the right thing in this case. And, contact the news media and suggest they look into this issue in more depth than they would normally.