Louisiana's immigrant population has been on the rise since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which drew workers to the New Orleans and other parts of the state as rebuilding efforts began. And now, as the state has been pounded by Hurricane Isaac this week, some of those newcomers have been reluctant to come forward for assistance.
In the New York Times' editorial page editor's blog, Lawrence Downes writes about the since-downgraded but still devastating hurricane and some of its immigrant victims, "a shadow population of the undocumented who can't or won't seek emergency help."
At the urging of advocates, immigration officials have since announced that they won't pursue immigration enforcement actions in relation to evacuations or sheltering victims of Isaac, he writes. Might this kind of policy work as a regular Â policy in future disasters? Downes writes: