“This has been a phenomenal project. The Hispanic workforce was fundamental, and not just on this project, we depend on them all the time,” said Garcia, who added that Latinos are not just manual laborers, but also “many of the foremen, managers and other construction professionals.”
These men’s faces are the symbol of the thousands of Hispanics whose efforts rebuild this country every day, with the single goal of providing for their families.
“I feel very happy to help the city with the traffic situation, which was a disaster, and we managed to do it really fast,” said Arnulfo Castillo, construction manager for the project.
But this is not the first time that immigrants have stepped up and given their all for this state. In 1996, when the Olympic Games were held in Georgia, construction was delayed, causing predicaments for the local government. Authorities decided to recruit Hispanic laborers, who were able to help move projects forward and forever change the local economy.
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