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Will illegal aliens take rebuilding jobs?

President Bush has taken moves that might allow illegal aliens to take the rebuilding jobs that could go to American citizens.
First, Bush suspended the Davis-Bacon Act in the affected areas. That requires that contractors on federal projects pay the prevailing wage, which is currently around $9 an hour in the Gulf Coast region. (Note that - oddly enough - the suspension includes Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties in south Florida.)
And, from this, "U.S. officials have suspended for 45 days a requirement that employers check workers' identification." While many storm victims might have lost their ID, this will also allow illegal aliens to gain employment even more easily than they now can.
Sep. 9's "Bush Suspends Prevailing Wage Laws for Katrina Clean Up" has the details on who prompted the first:

Last week, Americans for Tax Reform, an organization founded by long-time Republican activists Grover Norquist, sent Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao a letter asking that she suspend the Davis-Bacon Act in order to free taxpayers from paying too much for the disaster clean up and management. Wednesday, Representatives Tom Feeney (R-Florida), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colorado), sent Bush a similar letter, stating that the Act drives costs up and "effectively discriminates against non-union contractors."

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