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size=3D3>Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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serif=3D”” times,=3D”” roman,=3D”” new=3D”” times=3D”” georgia,=3D””>By =
Chelsea=20
Schilling

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georgia,=3D””>WorldNetDaily

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georgia,=3D””>After the devastation=20
of Hurricane Katrina, illegal aliens flocked to New Orleans from other =
U.S.=20
cities to find work – but three years after the storm, the most =
violent city in=20
America is festering with crime while schools are overcrowded and =
immigrant=20
births are ballooning.

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serif=3D”” times,=3D”” roman,=3D”” new=3D”” times=3D”” georgia,=3D””>The =
New Orleans=20
Economic Development office estimates the city’s Hispanic population has =
more=20
than tripled since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. It has risen =
from=20
15,000, or 3.3 percent of pre-Katrina residents, to 50,000, or 15 =
percent of=20
today’s population.

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serif=3D”” times,=3D”” roman,=3D”” new=3D”” times=3D”” =
georgia,=3D””>Tulane University and=20
the University of California, Berkeley, released a 2006 study revealing =
that=20
almost half of the city’s construction labor force was Hispanic. At =
least 54=20
percent were found to be illegal aliens, and 90 percent had lived =
elsewhere in=20
the U.S. before migrating to New Orleans.

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serif=3D”” times,=3D”” roman,=3D”” new=3D”” times=3D”” georgia,=3D””>As =
WND reported=20
earlier, News reports indicate a flood of illegal aliens is moving South =
from=20
states such as Arizona and Oklahoma – where immigration crackdowns =
have made=20
life more difficult for them, and the slow housing market has made jobs =
scarce.=20
In New Orleans, families are multiplying faster than hospitals and =
schools can=20
accommodate them.

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serif=3D”” times,=3D”” roman,=3D”” new=3D”” times=3D”” =
georgia,=3D””>Overcrowded=20
hospitals and schools

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serif=3D”” times,=3D”” roman,=3D”” new=3D”” times=3D”” georgia,=3D””>The =
Associated Press=20
interviewed Kevin Work, a doctor who opened new prenatal offices and =
hired=20
bilingual employees so he could make a living delivering New Orleans’ =
Hispanic=20
babies.

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georgia,=3D””>He performs “thirty to forty deliveries a month,” he said. =


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georgia,=3D””>Work told the AP he has helped illegal alien mothers give =
birth to=20
at least 1,000 babies since the storm hit in August 2005. He said he =
provides=20
payment plans to help the families afford the births, or they are =
covered by=20
government programs such as Medicaid.

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serif=3D”” times,=3D”” roman,=3D”” new=3D”” times=3D”” georgia,=3D””>In =
2004, Emergency=20
Medicaid cost taxpayers $1.7 million in Metro New Orleans, according to =
the=20
report. Now the government program covers five times as many people, and =
the=20
cost is more than 4.5 times what it used to be – at $7.8 million.=20

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georgia,=3D””>Likewise, schools are having trouble keeping up.=20

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georgia,=3D””>Director Melinda Martinez of a Esperanza Charter School, a =

taxpayer-funded English-immersion institution in New Orleans, told the =
AP her=20
elementary school doesn’t ask about immigration status. =

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serif=3D”” times,=3D”” roman,=3D”” new=3D”” times=3D”” georgia,=3D””>In =
May, Esperanza=20
Charter School teacher Judy Flores told Louisiana’s=20
WWLTV she would never inquire about whether her students were legal. =


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georgia,=3D””>“If I knew, I wouldn’t tell you,” Flores said. “Whether =
you agree or=20
disagree, politics and that situation is outside of what our job is; our =
job is=20
to make sure our students learn and feel safe in our environments.”=20

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georgia,=3D””>A full 60 percent of Esperanza students are Latino, while =
30 percent=20
are black and 10 percent are white. Each class has extensive waiting =
lists.=20

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georgia,=3D””>Margie McHugh, co-director of immigration integration =
policy at the=20
Migration Policy Institute, told the Associated Press, “There’s no place =
in the=20
world like New Orleans in terms of how rapid the population change has =
been.”=20

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georgia,=3D””>Soaring crime statistics =

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georgia,=3D””>Meanwhile, the city’s=20
streets have reportedly become some of the most dangerous places in the =
nation.=20
A study conducted by Congressio=
nal=20
Quarterly recently labeled New Orleans the =
most=20
violent city in the U.S. Likewise, Forei=
gn=20
Policylisted it as third among its top five “murder capitals” of the =
world –=20
behind only Caracas, Venezuela and Cape Town, South Africa.=20

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georgia,=3D””>Though many studies have not linked New Orleans’ crime =
surge to any=20
specific cause, Foreign Policy attributes the city’s high murder rate to =

“grinding poverty, an inadequate school system, a prevalence of public =
housing=20
and a high incarceration rate.” While New Orleans has always had high =
crime=20
rates, there were 19,000 reported crimes and 208 murders in 2007 – =
up from the=20
134 homicides reported just before the storm. According to FBI =
crime=20
stats, forcible rape and robberies were up substantially in 2007 as=20
well.

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georgia,=3D””>Even during the city’s legendary Mardi Gras celebration =
this year,=20
four people were murdered and a dozen were wounded by gunshots, =
according to EMS=20
Responder. Foreign Policy reports there has also been a surge of =
drug-related=20
violence since Hurricane Katrina.

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serif=3D”” times,=3D”” roman,=3D”” new=3D”” times=3D”” =
georgia,=3D””>“Since the hurricane=20
struck in 2005, drug dealers have been fighting over a smaller group of =
users,=20
leading to many killings,” it states.”On just one four-block stretch of=20
Josephine Street, in the city center, four people were murdered in 2007 =
and 15=20
people shot, including a double homicide on Christmas day. A precise =
murder rate=20
is hard to pinpoint because the population is swelling quickly, =
approaching its=20
pre-Katrina numbers. Whether you use New Orleans’s own figures or the =
FBI’s,=20
however, the city remains the most deadly in the United States, easily=20
surpassing Detroit and Baltimore with 46 and 45 murders per 100,000 =
people,=20
respectively.”

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serif=3D”” times,=3D”” roman,=3D”” new=3D”” times=3D”” georgia,=3D””>The New Orleans =
Times-Picayune tracks=20
and maps the city’s homicides. The 2008 map shows too many murder =
victims to=20
count – most of the victims were shot to death. =

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georgia,=3D””>Jose Campos, 37, from=20
El Salvador, works in New Orleans and regularly wires money home. He =
told the=20
Associated Press it is a rough place.

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serif=3D”” times,=3D”” roman,=3D”” new=3D”” times=3D”” =
georgia,=3D””>“Life is hard here,=20
harder than any place I’ve been in the U.S.,” he said. “It’s a dangerous =
place,=20
a bad place. But when you can find work, it’s all worth it.”=20

 

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Following is a quick list of what went on in my world today. I’m placing the majority of this post behind a jump, so you can skip it if you like without too much work. But sometimes I also use this format to share various links I’ve browsed for which I don’t have a lot of commentary, so consider giving it a look.

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Originally published at Customerservant.com. You can comment here or there.

Following is a quick list of what went on in my world today. I’m placing the majority of this post behind a jump, so you can skip it if you like without too much work. But sometimes I also use this format to share various links I’ve browsed for which I don’t have a lot of commentary, so consider giving it a look.

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Originally published at Customerservant.com. You can comment here or there.

Following is a quick list of what went on in my world today. I’m placing the majority of this post behind a jump, so you can skip it if you like without too much work. But sometimes I also use this format to share various links I’ve browsed for which I don’t have a lot of commentary, so consider giving it a look.

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