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President Bush suspended the Davis-Bacon Act (requiring employers to pay (prevailing wages), and the Department of Homeland Security suspended the sanctioning of employers who hire workers unable to document their citizenship, with respect to rebuilding the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.  The main effect of these suspensions, according to Rodriguez, will be to permit contractors hire illegal immigrants.In 1990, the article reports, 3.3% of Latino immigrants were working in the construction industry, compared to 17% working in the industry in 2004.  In the wake of 9/11/01, 40% of construction workers rebuilding the Pentagon were Latino.  Rodriguez characterizes the United States immigration policy as hypocritical because it refuses to grant illegal status to immigrants who will rebuild the Gulf Coast and New Orleans.

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