The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Immigrant Workers on Collapsed Baltimore Bridge

Apr 8, 2024

Eight Latino immigrant workers were filling potholes on the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore’s harbor when it collapsed at 1:30 AM on March 26. One survived with no significant injuries. Another had critical injuries. The other six died.

Latinos make up about 33% of the U.S. construction workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, even though they account for only about 17.6% of the U.S. population. They do everything from clearing out heaps of debris from flooded homes to tearing down moldy drywall, building, and rebuilding streets, constructing, and reconstructing homes and office buildings, and repairing faulty electrical wires.

Latino workers will almost certainly help build a new bridge in Baltimore after the wreckage of the old one is removed.

These facts show that the terrible things some people say about immigrants are not true. Most immigrants work hard—many at dangerous jobs. They also have a significantly lower crime rate than native-born U.S. citizens.

Some of the people claiming terrible things about immigrant workers are simply trying to turn working people against each other.