Not content with the extra protection offered by AIG and their deluxe fire retardant service, the rich decamped without a thought for their disposable workers.
“There were Mercedeses and Jaguars pulling out, people evacuating, and the migrants were still working,” said Enrique Morones, who takes food and blankets to the immigrants’ camps. “It’s outrageous.”
The NY Times reports,
with the discovery of four charred bodies in an area of heavy illegal immigration, concern is growing that others may not have survived.
Terri Trujillo, who helps the immigrants, checked on those in the canyons, urging them to leave, too, when she left her house in Rancho Peñasquitos ahead of the fires.
Ms. Trujillo and others who help the immigrants said they saw several out in the fields as the fires approached and ash fell on them. She said many were afraid to lose their jobs.
The affected area’s economy depends on the so called ‘illegal immigrants’.
Immigrants from south of the border, many illegal, provide the backbone of menial labor in San Diego, picking fruit, cleaning hotel rooms, sweeping walks and mowing lawns.
The survivors found succour from the firefighters.
“Their hands were burned, and they were clearly tired and grateful,” Capt. Mike Parkes of the State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported on what his firefighting team saw.
Others did not fare as well.
Some of the illegal workers who sought help from the
The Border Patrol also arrested scores of illegal immigrants made visible by the fires. Agent Fisher of the Border Patrol said 100 had been arrested since the fires started Sunday.
Agent Fisher’s superiors know what their priorities are.
He said that the agency never abandoned enforcing the border…“We were very conscious in making sure our border security mission was met.”
After all, the fires are all their f
Some people have speculated, including on the Web, that immigrants might have set some of the fires, as has occurred with campfires lighted in fields.
But every cloud has a silver lining.
For the immigrants, the fires may have dried up some work. But some speculate on strong work prospects like cleanups. By early afternoon near a heavily damaged neighborhood in the Rancho Bernardo area, four men stood on a corner, waiting for work offers.
“It is a shame what happened,” said a man who gave just his first name, Miguelito. “But we think there will be jobs to clean or build.”