Sunday, March 22, 2009
Hard Times and the Undocumented
Border Control statistic of apprehensions over the last year seem to indicate that fewer workers are crossing to work illegally in this country. (See postings for Mar. 8, 2009.) But only a few undocumented workers are returning home. Most are riding out the economic downturn with hopes things will improve. Still they are without unemployment benefits and so have a harder time than legal workers. The New York Times profiled the plight of laid-off undocumented in Morristown, TN, and contrasted how legal workers who have unemployment and retraining benefits are handling the recession more comfortably.