Immigration Hide 'n' Seek

INS on offensive; Hispanic activists play defense

In the San Francisco Bay Area, where one-bedroom apartments rent for an average of more than $1,000 a month, the clamor is especially dim.

"The reality is that it is difficult to find people to fill these jobs when you live in this area, where 17- and 18 year-olds don't want to work for $7 an hour," says the owner of a Bay Area business that recently had to shut down for a day after its work force was depleted by an INS raid. "As a business owner, it's an uphill battle to find labor.

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