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Making It Work

In Chicago, as across America, Mexican day laborers struggle to navigate an underground economy.

In Chicago, as across America, Mexican day laborers struggle to navigate an underground economy.

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The building owner refused to pay the contractor, so the contractor refused to pay the day laborers, including Antonio Velazquez, who complains to police. Velazquez says living in the United States is difficult and he often feels like "doing something crazy."

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Angelo Ojeda was promised $60 to dig this ditch but worries that the contractor won't pay him.

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