[:D]Of course the contractors set up their Little Mexico.They figure these illegals work cheap,they don’t have to pay benefits,and can cheat them out of money and pay low wages.
Locals in NEw Orleans,especially black ones might go to NAACP or some government agency if the contractor cheated them on wages etc. and might claim racial discrimination.
Illegals they figure won’t do that because they fear the INS will do a round-up of the workers.
Yeah the cheap john contractors were dumping their workers at the relief centers precisely so they wouldn’t have to feed or house them.
Not all mexicans that work the fields are illegals.Some have been in America for years,born and raised here like in Texas, but do it in the summers for extra money,don’t know how many white and black migrant workers are around anymore.The children’s book,Judy’s Journey
by Lois Lenski is about a white girl whose family were sharecroppers.They get kicked out,and wind up following the crops and picking them to survive.The little family goes back to Florida and finaly is able to buy a little farm of their own. Lenski wrote many books like To Be A Logger,San Francisco Boy,about a chinese boy and his family,Cotton In My Sack,etc.Momma Hattie’s Girl is about a black girl in the south who lives with her grandma.She joins her parents up north,but they later decide to return home to the south.
She visited various places in the country and interviewed children and their families.These incidents she reworked into her books.She was my favorite author as a kid.I think some of her books could be made into movies for kids.They were written mainly in the 1940s to about the 1960s.
Prisonchef,where in Germany did your grandfather come from?
My great grandparents came from Bavaria to America in 1882.
At that time there was no Ellis Island.All I was told by my dad was,they had a first class passage,got off at New York harbour,and that Tanta Tina great grandpa’s sister and her husband,Fred Koehler
were their sponsors in America.I don’t know what he did when they first came here,because they later moved to Westbury,L.I. where he opened up a store.
That’s like great Grandpa Steldt in Milwaukee.They didn’t arrive in New York,came in some other place. But they went to Milwaukee where he had a contracting business,which relatives still run.
Oh course the Brick and Motars are no friends of these people.everyone is still trying to rebuild NO and other places.Gradually the tourists may come more and more,and things might turn around for them.
But too these carts need to be inspected for health reasons so people don’t get sick,just like they inspect regular places.