Across the country, a growing number of Latinos are taking on the hot, dangerous and dirty work because the demand is high and it usually pays better than farm work.
Many -- nobody knows how many -- are undocumented, a problem Franco claims does not concern him.
National standards require the crew boss and the three squad leaders on each 20-man crew to speak sufficient English and the language of the crew.
But the audit found no guarantee that non-English-speaking crew supervisors can talk to incident coordinators who oversee firefighting strategy, and there is no standard language assessment for crew members.
I'm not even sure what the Fishwrapper is saying here. Are all hispanics illegal? The one that is cooking me breakfast right now isn't. I'm not going to face a shortage of breakfast due to the immigration crackdown.
Thankfully though the firefighters seem to have recognized the safety concern of having illegal aliens on there crews:
The U.S. Forest Service inspector general has launched an effort to identify illegal immigrants who are working for contract crews.
I look forward to seeing you guys go from waiting in a line for your matricula card to getting frog-marched in a line to the nearest immigration detention center.