A New York Reader Has An Article Idea For Newsday
April 29, 2003
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“An `Invisible Crisis`: Homeless Day Laborers,” by
Ron Howell, Newsday, April 21, 2003
For Darwin Midence, April is the month of greatest
It`s the month when the grinding poverty of the long
winter begins to recede and the dream of work and money
comes into focus.
Midence is a day laborer from Honduras, and for the past
six months, he and a series of friends had been living
in an abandoned truck trailer. Their makeshift home sits
in a scrap yard off a well-trafficked New York City
street. Out of pride and out of fear that authorities
might evict them, the men asked that the location not be
Blanca Lopez, who coordinated the recent [New
day laborer study, called the workers` housing
problems "an invisible crisis." She said because the
laborers are mostly
undocumented and do not speak English, they live in
the shadows of society and are its "most vulnerable
I am unsure of where Mr. Howell resides but many New
York City residents are very well aware of this and many
other visible crises caused by mass and illegal
Indeed, the Queens Chronicle (“Flushing
Meadows Rape Victim Will File Lawsuit Against City,"
3/13/2003) has exposed how city government ineptitude
contributed to the continued existence of a shanty
town of illegal alien criminals responsible for the gang
rape of a legal immigrant from Cuba.
Does Ron Howell have any sympathy for the legal
immigrants whose wages and working conditions are
undermined by illegal alien laborers? Why not an article
about them? Why not an article on the Latin American
elites who continue to horde the wealth of their nations
instead of investing it in their own citizens?