Monday, May 22, 2006


Skid Row is a notorious area in Los Angeles that is home to many of the city's homeless ranks.

Jose Hernandez, a homeless immigrant, stores material in a makeshift shelter where he sleeps, in November 2005 near downtown Los Angeles. Among the estimated 14,000 people who live in Skid Row there exists a small shadow population of homeless immigrants who bed down each nigh in parks, abandoned buildings and find refuge in camouflaged encampments under freeway overpasses and bridges. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

What I'm worried about is that everyone thinks we can have unlimited illegal immigration because the economy is strong at the present time. Well, what happens when we endure an inevitable recession?

What is unfair for these people is that they are being sold a false narrative that America is paved with gold and the living is easy. They are not equipped to deal with an economic downturn due to their lack of education and deficient language skills.

If we really want to see Latin American people get help, we should make sure that there is genuine governmental reform so that all the disadvantaged can thrive in their native countries.

LOS ANGELES - A shadow population lives among the estimated 14,000 homeless on Skid Row.

A growing number of immigrants are bedding down each night in parks, abandoned buildings and cardboard boxes, finding refuge in camouflaged encampments under freeway overpasses and bridges.

Mostly from Mexico and Central America, many entered the United States illegally in search of a steady job — and fell far short. They largely shun the free meals and beds offered on Skid Row, and according to service providers are less likely to be drug addicted or mentally disturbed than other homeless in the destitute area on the fringe of downtown.
Though there is no official count, like the population of immigrants nationally, the homeless immigrant population is growing, according to people who interact with and serve them.

The homeless immigrant problem dates to the mid-1980s when unaccompanied youths from Central America, some as young as 9, started entering the country, said the Rev. Richard Estrada, executive director of Jovenes Inc., an outreach center and shelter for homeless immigrant youths.

See more on immigration: Brussels Journal on how Europeans are going wobbly on internal threats, QandO on immigrations and economic statistics, Prof Bainbridge on Ronald Reagan's immigration quotes, Protein Wisdom looks at 2 men with student visas who boarded a childrens school bus, IMAO on how Mexico treats illegals, BlogsforBush and RWNews.

L.A.'s Skid Row Immigrant Population Grows - Yahoo! News


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