Large and frightening numbers tell the story of Harvey’s destruction: 14 trillion gallons of rainfall, more than 8 million people living in affected areas, 200,000 damaged homes and tens of billions expected for recovery costs. The numbers help one picture the true preponderance of broken things that must be mended — broken glass, floors drunk with water, roofs de-tiled by the winds.
Such massive destruction requires a massive workforce to rebuild, and without the help of the undocumented immigrants of Houston, the workforce will be insufficient. To ensure that Houston gets the workers it needs, federal and state officials must allow undocumented immigrants to take reconstruction jobs without fear of deportation.
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Undocumented immigrants have been a large amount of the rebuilding workforce after past
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