From the Queens Courier:
Bearing the brunt of unstable earnings, every day is based on luck for the jornaleros, or day laborers, who, at the crack of dawn, wait along the sidewalks of Queens for the next passing van to stop – vans that carry the opportunity of employment.
But also each day they face the uncertainty about whether they’ll get work in the sectors that will have them – construction, gardening, cleaning or moving and with the downslide in the economy, this also means many have no place to call home.
The New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) does not have specific statistics available on the number of homeless day laborers, according to spokesperson Heather Janik. Janik said that DHS extends services to anyone experiencing homeless regardless of immigration status or country of origin.
DHS has begun “exploring strategies to clarify an individual’s immigration status, as well as helping them obtain ID and fee waivers for documentation,” said Janik.
The estimated day laborer population in New York City is 8,283, and almost a third is homeless, according to a 2006 report called “La Esquina (The Corner): Day laborers on the Margins of New York’s Formal Economy.”
The report states that most day laborers are Latino, but there are informal hiring sites that are predominantly Irish, Sikh, Haitian, and Chinese. Certain sites have a large concentration of women... who search for day jobs as housekeepers, babysitters, or janitors. Many report experiencing sexual harassment, and the most common abuse for all is nonpayment of wages.
Many day laborers suffer from overcrowding in homes, pooling their resources together to live in cramped apartments. However, an increasing number have turned to living in the streets because they cannot afford to pay for a single room. In January, a homeless day laborer was found dead in Staten Island, frozen in the cold.
So what happens when they are no longer "doing the jobs Americans won't do"? Lose your life or go into a homeless shelter that we pay for? It's great living a sanctuary city isn't it?
Imagine if we went to a foreign country to live without permission and then became a burden on society. Funny how you never hear about other countries that condone and welcome that.