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Username: Philnola

Post Number: 1
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 9:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have something to say about illegal immigration, I am in New Orleans working to keep my home in Auburn hills Mich. I am a US Army veteran a master mechanic and have been doing home improvement for 20 years. I graduated high school in 1980 back then I was making 10 dollar an hour doing landscape work. I have been in the Skilled Trades most of my life. 27 years later I am now competing for jobs making 20 - 25 an hour of that I need to pay for insurance workman's comp all my medical and taxes. There are no jobs left in Michigan. I am down hear with my brother and his son. Both were out of work there my brother is a IBEW Local 58. No steady work in the past 2 years hi is in danger of loosing his home and has already lost medical coverage for his family. I have a brother still in Mich. that has a roofing company and has let go 3 out of 5 crews that worked for him. We cannot compete with people that are protected from our labor lays have no overhead no taxes no medical expense no insurance. I WONT TO COME HOME TO THE STATE I LOVE AND HAVE LIVED IN ALL MY LIFE. DID THE RULES CHANGE? Wouldn't K-Mart, Sears, Ford GM Chrysler ect all do a lot better if they could just hire people and engorge the labor laws? Who sets the laws and where is it written that if you break 1 law by breaking into this nation you do not have any rules or laws can I take a trip to Mexico become a citizen there and come back and avoid the cost it takes to be free. Please not that I am only talking about Illegal Immigration.
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Username: Janesback

Post Number: 290
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 9:29 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Phil, hello. I have been to N.O recently as well to work in the 6th and 9th on gutting homes with our congregation out of Houston.

I am aware of the change in the labor force for N.O. Its own citizens in Orleans Parrish dont want to do the crap work, so its being subcontracted out to bosses that are using illegals from Mexico and S. America .

The bottom line for any corporation is profit for the share holders. We are outsourcing so many jobs to the Phillipines, Inida, Indonesia and Mexico. This is called competitive globalization. We are now competing to keep our jobs here in the U.S with people thousands of miles away. It s all about profit, profit, profit.

Staying competitive is about all you can do. Continue your education and stay marketable. As for New Orleans, that is going to change in about 5 years. All the crappy areas are going to be bulldozed, casinos and Trump towers will prevail. There are 200, 000 evacuees here in Houston and for the most, they are going to stay. They have nothing left to go home to in Orleans Parrish. The housing projects are going to stay closed, and many will be dozed, especially the ones in Algiers.

Good luck , stay safe in N.O, it now is number 2 for crime and continues to make the headlines for crime, racism and corruption.... Jane
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Username: Catman_dude

Post Number: 115
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 10:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You might want to do research on the Norfolk/ Virginia Beach VA area. So many buildings and houses going up and soon the whole area's population would start moving west into Suffolk and beyond. Warm weather but not as hot as New Orleans. Only thing is that a house may not be affordable here. But I do know of several two-bedroom apartments available around $680-ish.

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