A new study by Abel Valenzuela, a professor of urban planning at UCLA, reports that increasing numbers of day laborers are native-born. In a USA Today story, Valenzuela noted that the trend is most pronounced in regions like Los Angeles where hot construction markets have collapsed.
Three years ago in an earlier report, Valenzuela estimated 117,600 people were looking for or doing day-labor jobs on any given day. More than 20,000 of those workers were in Los Angeles. Liberty Hill invests in threeorganizations, IDEPSCA, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center and CHIRLA, that provide opportunities for day laborers to self-organize and build skills including English language skills.