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uum-lift cranes move 28-ton reinforced roofs onto the shells of concrete houses, a novel technique that IBEC may export all over the hemisphere. Peru and Chile already have IBEC homes. Jamaica and other Caribbean lands provide promising markets. New homes and new jobs mean greater local opportunity-and fewer migrants seek ing jobs in New York and Chicago. "Some used to fly north in the dead of win ter-and take no coat," said Matilde Fer 774 nandez of the Labor Department. "They would say, 'I don't need a coat. I have lived in the mountains, and do not feel the cold.' "But unless they have traveled, Puerto Ricans have never known freezing weather. So I show them. I take their hand and put it into the freezer of the refrigerator-and I hold it there and say, 'That is the way the weather feels in a New York winter.' " Miss Fernandez helps any Puerto Rican who is considering migration to the mainland.