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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FEARS THE WORST

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The Dallas Business Journal reports that the construction industry fears "economic chaos" will result if the DHS social security number no match rule ultimately takes effect. The rule is currently being held up by a temporary court order, but it could go live as early as the middle of next month.



Employers in the Lone Star State fear that up to 2/3 of workers at construction companies could be affected by the rule and that construction projects across the state will come to a grinding halt.



My favorite part of the story is where the conservative and anti-immigrant Heritage Foundation spokesman blames the construction industry for becoming "addicted" to illegal workers. Given that 2/3 of the available workers are illegal aliens, this is like saying that I've gotten addicted to breathing oxygen and drinking water. Employers are dependent on illegal labor because that's the labor that's available.



I issue this challenge to the anti-immigrants - prove the availability of US workers who are qualified to do the work (and take out the unemployable such as those with drug abuse and criminal issues) or support a guest worker program allowing employers to legally bring in needed workers.



Otherwise, admit what that you're really anti-immigrant and not just anti-illegal immigrant.

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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    With the housing troubles the high un-employment rate on this industry may get blamed on that at first. But as soon as that cycle turns arround and contruction picks back up they will not have enough bodies to meet the demand and immigrants are ready to step in, these Heritage Foundation poeple are silly. Or contractors may just start handing out cash to avoid dealing with those letters.
  2. Ulu Ka Pattha's Avatar
    Greg,

    With so many business lobbies taking a pro-immigration stand, I sometimes wonder why don't they take the next step and fight the Heritage Foundation, NumberUSA and Lou Dobbs's of the world? I mean their bottomlines are at stake and they could easily dwarf these puny anti-immigrants when it comes to money or political influence. Is counter media campaigning really that hard?
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