"Life is hard here, harder than any place I've been in the U.S.," said Jose Campos, 37, who came here from El Salvador, by way of Florida. He pedaled his bicycle to Unique Grocery, a cavernous establishment off Bourbon Street that offers the wire service through bulletproof glass and tall-boy beers from icy bins.Get on home, Jose. There's a comfy seat awaiting you on ICE Air, the one-way airline that repatriates illegal foreigners.
Further on, this New Orleans immigration update contains some dreary statistics about the battered city.
In the three years since Hurricane Katrina, immigrant laborers drawn to the construction and service industry jobs created by the storm have transformed this rebuilding city. In an accelerated version of the already rapid Latino migration to the South, they are forging their own support networks, establishing businesses, packing churches and starting families – a process that usually takes a decade or more.The foreign males came to make mucho dollars, then brought in the baby-makers. Now the American taxpayer is forced to fund the mini-population boom of Hispanic jackpot babies in New Orleans.
"There's no place in the world like New Orleans in terms of how rapid the population change has been," said Margie McHugh,Â [email her] co-director of immigration integration policy at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think-tank in Washington D.C. [...]
Since Katrina, the Hispanic population of New Orleans has risen from 15,000, or 3.3 percent of the pre-storm population, to 50,000, 15.2 percent of the current population, according to the New Orleans Economic Development office.
A 2006 study by Tulane University and the University of California, Berkeley, found that nearly half the rebuilding work force was Latino. Fifty-four percent were working illegally in the United States, and nearly 90 percent of illegal workers lived in the U.S. before coming to town.
Beyond the statistics, there are the offices of Dr. Kevin Work, who has forged a business by delivering a generation of Latino children to the city: "Thirty to forty deliveries a month," he says. [...]Subsidized medical care is another cost of "cheap" labor.
The year before Katrina, Emergency Medicaid expenses were $1.7 million in metro New Orleans. It was the common childbirth benefit used by recent immigrants, but provided no prenatal care. This year the program expanded to include prenatal care and five times as many patients, ballooning costs to $7.8 million.
Add to that the expense of increasing social pathology (e.g. drugs, alcoholism, crime) that arises from a growing foreign population with no roots in the community. Pricey programs designed for the specific ethnic group tend to appear rapidly.
In response, the organization has established yet another Hispanic outreach in New Orleans, this one to educate youth on the dangers of drugs.As usual, the taxpayer is supposed to fix the endless problems caused by the behavior of the illegal aliens themselves.
"We have young people who have not seen their parents in five years," said Italia Castillo Duran, who directs the effort. "We have parents who have one child here, and another back in their homeland."