Monday, November 24, 2008
Day laborers staying because of Obama
By 5 a.m., many of the city's estimated 8,000 day laborers congregate at pickup sites such as along Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights, Queens, the waterfront shopping center at Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and outside a BP gas station on E. Tremont Ave. near Lehman High School in the Bronx.
With work so hard to find, many laborers have been trying to earn enough to trek back to their home countries.
But Obama's win has convinced some not to give up yet.
"I have a hope [Obama's] doing something for us, because his parents are not from here," said Guatemalan worker Lazaro, 31, referring to the fact that Obama's father was from Kenya.
Workers hurt by economy but find hope in Obama