As the Trump administration targets undocumented workers, key Louisiana industries could suffer a crippling labor shortage

ON THE JOB: Crew members of Ozuna’s Painting install crown molding and grout inside a home in early March. David Ozuna, owner of Ozuna’s Painting, formed the company in 2000, three years after he entered the United States illegally from Mexico in 1997. Ozuna, who has since become a citizen, estimates at least 60% of workers on construction sites are immigrants and at least half are undocumented, and that a crackdown on undocumented immigrants could decimate Louisiana’s workforce. (Photo by Collin Richie)

In 1997, 18-year-old David Ozuna left his poverty-stricken neighborhood in Acapulco, Mexico, and headed to the United States in search of work. He found it—and more—in Louisiana. After a short st…

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