Friday, November 9, 2007
They move in shadows
They are a part of something big: an underground workforce, an unknown world within our own. Each day brings with it another chance to make a buck, or in the case of these men predominantly from Latin America, the chance to make upwards of $100 for a day's work, albeit by engaging in back-breaking manual labor that can leave them seriously injured or dead.
The Ghost Workers
Illegal immigration may be solved not by a legislative compromise in Washington but by an economic downturn in America.
That, at least, is the message from day laborers in New York City, where immigrants interviewed recently by The New York Sun said work has so slowed that they are planning to return home to Latin America — if they can save enough cash for the trip home.
The city's expected economic downturn and the slowdown in construction in the boroughs other than Manhattan is trickling down to the city street corners where immigrant day laborers vie for work and wages to support themselves and send to their families back home.
As N.Y. Economy Sours, Aliens Plan To Leave for Home