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New PBS film probes construction boom on Latino workers

7 days ago   |   By My Sanantonio

RIO RANCHO, N.M. - Since the Great Recession, cities like Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and Hobbs, New Mexico, have seen construction booms. Homes and skyscrapers have popped up almost overnight thanks to cheap labor Latino immigrants provide contractors.
But at what cost?
“Building the American Dream,” a new VOCES/PBS documentary, examines the effects of this construction boom in the American Southwest on Latino workers by telling the stories of those erecting buildings in Texas.
The film dives into the lives of one Mexican immigrant family in Texas after their construction worker son dies...
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