February 25, 2023
“These workers are part of a new economy of exploitation: Migrant children, who have been coming into the United States without their parents in record numbers, are ending up in some of the most punishing jobs in the country, a New York Times investigation found. This shadow work force extends across industries in every state, flouting child labor laws that have been in place for nearly a century. Twelve-year-old roofers in Florida and Tennessee. Underage slaughterhouse workers in Delaware, Mississippi, and North Carolina. Children sawing planks of wood on overnight shifts in South Dakota.” Hannah Dreier, The New York Times [I added bold face for emphasis.]
Hannah Dreier is an American journalist and reporter for The New York Times. She specializes in narrative features and investigations and has won a Pulitzer Price for Feature Writing. Born in San Francisco, CA, she attended Urban School of San Francisco and Wesleyan University. She speaks Spanish.
On Twitter she said, “The US is seeing an unprecedented wave of migrant child labor right now. Thousands of kids are working overnight in dangerous factories for brands like Cheerios, Fruit of the Loom, and Ford. They’re here alone and they’re being failed in the most basic way.”
My note: Since 1960 The New York Times has endorsed the Democratic Party nominee in every presidential election.
JD, former patrol officer