Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Low-skilled immigrants: Economic burden or boon?

This article looks at both arguments.   - - Donna Poisl

By Pamela Constable

At a busy housing construction project in Howard County one recent morning, Alex Hernandez, 24, shouted instructions in Spanish as his crew members hoisted a heavy foundation beam into place.

“This job is difficult and dangerous. You have to work hard and move fast and be careful,” said the stocky crew chief, an immigrant from El Salvador. “I have never seen an American do this work.”

At a Baltimore employment center, Keith Bellisaire, 40, proudly shared cellphone pictures of rooms he had painted on day jobs. He said he has not been able to land a full-time position in years. 
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