Tag: Gulf Coast

Elena - An oil spill response worker in Hopedale, LA - Photo: Annie Correal
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The Life of Hispanic Immigrant Cleanup Workers in the Gulf

Cleaning up oil in the Gulf of Mexico is grueling, sometimes dangerous work. In Louisiana, these jobs are drawing immigrant workers to small communities. And they’re not always getting a warm welcome.

Carmen Garcia was working at Hopedale Command Center in Louisiana, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement visited in May - Photo: Annie Correal

Special Report: Amid Oil Spill Crisis, U.S. Authorities Search for Undocumented Immigrant Cleanup Workers

Federal immigration officials have been visiting command centers on the Gulf Coast to check the immigration status of Hispanic response workers hired by BP and its contractors.

Satellite image of the oil spill clean up effort in the Gulf of Mexico - Credit: DigitalGlobe/Flickr

Gulf Oil Spill Lands Vietnamese Immigrant Fishermen In Limbo

A language barrier compounds problems for Vietnamese immigrants working in Louisiana’s fishing industry who are suffering from the shutdown of fishing in state waters.