BREITBART – JOHN BINDER
One week after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005, President George W. Bush consulted with his team of crisis advisers and inundated the Gulf Coast with cheap, illegal alien labor.
Bush’s August decision to lift the Davis-Bacon wage law made it very easy for contractors to hire cheap labor. Mike Chertoff, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), quickly suspended sanctions on the employers who did hire illegal aliens.
The result was another flood – this time not of water, but of illegal aliens, 30,000 of which came to the Gulf Coast to take cleanup and blue-collar construction jobs that would have otherwise gone to the local Americans who just had their livelihood picked up and swept into the Gulf of Mexico.
One member of Bush’s flood-the-labor-market crisis team was Kirstjen Nielsen, then a Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.
“We had been told that 270 jobs might be available, and we could have filled every one of them with men from this area, most of whom lost their jobs because of the hurricane,” Linda Swope of Complete Employment Services Inc. in Mobile, Alabama told the Washington Times in 2006. “When we told the guys they would not be needed, they actually cried … and we cried with them. This is a shame.”
New Orleans, the city at the epicenter of the Katrina crisis, had been overrun by illegal aliens, leaving Americans in the dust.
“They let trucks full of illegal aliens in there and not the property owners?” New Orleans business owner R.J. Rouzan said to a City Hall employee in 2005.
“They are allowing people to come in who are getting jobs while we as homeowners who built this city, they don’t let us get access to our property,” Rouzan said.
The decision by Bush to seemingly ignore rampant illegal immigration and illegal hiring in the wake of Katrina had shattered what was left of the Rule of Law in an already lawless city like post-Katrina New Orleans.
In February 2006, the illegal alien flow to the South would go ignored by Bush officials in the administration’s official report titled The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned, authored by a group of bureaucrats, including Nielsen and her friend Frances Fragos Townsend, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.