Monday, January 23, 2006

Day laborers = human beings

Finally-- the first nationwide study of day laborers!

A study just released, ''On The Corner: Day Labor in the United States,'' by professors from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of California, Los Angeles, and New York's New School University, state that the immigrant day laborers who wait for work on street corners across the United States have families and attend church regularly, and the people who hire them are more likely to be individual homeowners than construction contractors. The study also found that one in five has been injured on the job and nearly half have been cheated out of pay.

These day laborers are human beings with families. Three-fourths are here illegally and 59 percent are from Mexico.

And 100 percent of them should be protected. They shouldn't be taken advantage of. Ever.

Who's going to fight for their rights? The day laborers probably aren't because they're afraid.

Who's going to step up to the plate here? Congress gets paid a lot of money, right? Hopefully Congress will get their hands on this study and start doing some work with it.

Study shows day laborers with deeper roots here than expected
Associated Press - January 23, 2006

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