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-The situation that unfolded, and is unfolding, in New York City is akin to that of Hurricane Katrina, where undocumented workers accounted for approximately 50% of the reconstruction workforce population.
-The problem with immigrants should be met with long-term solution, such as citizenship or work status.
-The Obama Administration has done less to help New York City than the Bush Administration did to help Katrina survivors: "In New Orleans, the federal government made it easier for employers to hire undocumented workers by granting special waivers of immigration laws. The Bush administration also suspended the Davis-Bacon act, which requires employers to pay at minimum the locally prevailing rate for public works projects, in the worst affected areas. This meant that undocumented workers earned significantly less than their documented counterparts in the post-Katrina reconstruction, roughly $10 an hour as compared to $16.50 for workers with papers, the study found."
-The work that has to be done to reconstruct houses will likely be done by immigrant workers: "The irony is that many immigrant day laborers are working on rebuilding and repairing the housing for homeowners without even knowing where they'll be housed,'said Jackie Vimo, advocacy director for the New York Immigration Coalition. 'There's a bitter contradiction.' "
-Those who are contributing to the rebuilding process are not being adequately rewarded for their efforts. If they build a home and have no home to which to return, how can we expect much progress to be made?
-As yet, there have been no immigration waivers for employing undocumented workers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. With or without waivers, the undocumented community is undoubtedly already playing a major role in the rebuilding of the city, while they struggle with rejected FEMA claims and spotty federal assistance.
-What has Katrina taught us about relief assistance?