RIO RANCHO, N.M. — For the reason that Nice Recession, cities like Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and Hobbs, New Mexico, have seen development booms. Properties and skyscrapers have popped up nearly in a single day due to low-cost labor Latino immigrants present contractors.
However at what value?
“Constructing the American Dream,” a brand new VOCES/PBS documentary, examines the consequences of this development growth within the American Southwest on Latino employees by telling the tales of these erecting buildings in Texas.
The movie dives into the lives of 1 Mexican immigrant household in Texas after their development employee son dies whereas on the job.
A Salvadorian electrician couple is cheated out of wages and tries to drive a contractor to pay regardless of having no union to again them up,
In the meantime, advocates work to attempt to persuade lawmakers and metropolis officers to make lives higher for employees, not by demanding insurance coverage or employees’ compensation, however by way of a easy request: water breaks.
Director Chelsea Hernandez mentioned she’d been engaged on the movie since 2009 and its a microcosm of the exploitation Latino development employees face within the U.S.
“It’s one thing that got here organically and by speaking to the employees I met,” mentioned Hernandez, a third-generation Mexican American filmmaker from Austin, Texas.
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She was launched to her topics and the advocacy group the Employees Protection Venture after observing the employees plight in Texas, which outlaws most laws aimed toward defending laborers. Enterprise leaders in Texas tout its low value in development to draw funding however it comes whereas exploiting susceptible employees, some with no immigration standing, Hernandez mentioned.
The movie, although a partnership with Latino Public Broadcasting, is scheduled to start airing on most PBS stations on Tuesday to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month in the USA. It would even be obtainable for streaming on PBS.