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Houston Recovery may take longer than Usual Due to Shortage of Construction Workers

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\Houston has experienced one of the heaviest storms in the recent decades, and the pictures of the submerged city are showing the extent of damages. It is yet to confirm the total effects of damages as the storm is continuing.

However, people and administration have started assessing the plans to rebuild the city for an immediate recovery. Sadly, the recovery is not expected to make a usual progress this time due to the lack of sufficient construction workers.

It is identified that the city needs massive cleanup, repair, demolition, and reconstruction of various buildings include individual homes, apartments and other large buildings, and other infrastructure.

The lack of human resources is not easy to replicate this time due to multiple factors. It is already identified that the U.S. cities are facing the shortage of construction workers to assist in disaster recovery.

After the housing bust, most construction workers were laid off as the recovery was slow. Also, most of the construction workers during the boom was actually from Central America and Mexico. Some of them returned to their country, some went back after the new immigration policy implanted, and the rest were deported.

Considering the change of the rule in the country, the flow of workers to the country became negligible, and it became highly difficult to hire general workers. It should be noted that during 2007 Katrina, more than 100,000 Hispanic workers flooded to the Gulf Coast region to speed up the recovery mission. It cannot be expected this time. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Twitter

It is found that most of the migrants are facing various human and civil rights violations in the host countries, across the world. To reduce their struggles, many migrant and human rights organizations and nonprofit groups provide assistance and volunteering.

It includes Amnesty International, Worldwide Movement for Human Rights, International Organization for Migration, and more. The nonprofits work with local groups and mobilize funds and campaigns to assist the migrants.

Apart from these large organizations, small groups also play significant roles in addressing the issues pertaining to particular localities. Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is such an initiative to fund various human, civil, migrant rights organizations in Arizona.

It was founded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two prominent journalists, using the compensation amount they received for challenging their unlawful arrest by Joe Arpaio, the then Sherriff of Maricopa County. On October 18, 2007, both the journalists were arrested from their home for reporting a grand jury procedure of asking editors’ notes featuring the Sherriff. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/

Additionally, the jury ordered to provide personal details of the online readers of that news. With decades of experience in defending the First Amendment Rights, both the journalists challenged the county at the Court of Appeals. It relieved them from the charges and granted a compensation worth $3.75 million.

Both Larkin and Lacey decided to use the amount to create Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund for supporting various groups working on civil, human, and migrant rights in Arizona by advocating civil participation and freedom of expression.