Immigrants will play a crucial role in hurricane recovery efforts

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz

“After Hurricane Katrina, grocery and big box stores all over the Gulf Coast found themselves having to create whole aisles devoted to Latino food. Mexican food trucks were everywhere in New Orleans. What caused this transformation of the food scene? Immigrants coming north to help rebuild after the storm. With the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it is all the more important to understand why immigration matters at times like these. As areas of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida face a long and historically expensive recovery from Harvey and Irma, they need to learn all they can from Katrina. One of those lessons was the importance of immigrant labor in the rebuilding process.” (09/17/17)