Construction and Illegal Immigrants
The Collapse of the Housing Market
I have been visiting a lot of forums lately discussing the issues of illegal immigrants and the collapse of the housing industry; well I was in that industry for over twenty years. Some of the comments about not being able to find enough American citizens to do the unskilled under qualified labor is a bunch of horse shit.
I started out in the residential homes construction as a framer; I am neither uneducated or lazy and frankly tired of being treated as a second class citizen because I worked with my hands. When I first started trying to get my business going the only people working in construction were usually young white males, who had either learned their trade from their fathers or other relatives. I was an exception, I learned the trade by working for other framers that were generous enough to give me a job and teach me. My previous employment experience was in sales and I dealt with the major airlines and oil companies. This was no picnic and the demand of being on call seven days a week in all kinds of weather, combined with the excessive amount of time traveling and being away from my family, I had to find other employment.
The construction industry seemed a perfect solution. T he back breaking labor and working in the elements was tough but the reward of seeing a home come together and meeting the families that would live in them gave me unbridled joy and pride in knowing that we had given this family something to be proud of themselves. We also took pride in our commitment to quality and craftsmanship, knowing that their new home would stand the test of time.
The new age of construction began in the late 80’s, where we were seeing more and more illegal aliens building the production type homes. You know the type Pulte, Centex and so on, it got to the the point that qualified, properly insured, tax paying citizens could not compete with the prices being paid by the production builders. The more qualified legitimate construction companies began migrating to more profitable (yes I said it, make money, profit) custom homes market and industrial building projects. We were able to make a comfortable living, we were not getting rich, the builders were the ones getting rich and as the housing boom really took off they got even more greedy and started cutting our prices and eventually replacing us with, you got it the cheaper illegal immigrants.
It is not my intention to belittle anyone or any certain race, I just think if you are going to compete against me for my livelihood it should be based on a level playing field. The owners and corporations that hire illegal aliens should not profit from giving our jobs away when we are more than willing and qualified. These builders do not care if their sub-contractors have full coverage insurance or not accept when it comes time for their own insurance audit. Then they want to have copies of your insurance certificates on file so they don’t have to pay extra for you not carrying workers comp. or general liability.
I would like to let you in on a dirty little secret a lot of unscrupulous builders and so called construction companies use to cut their cost. The so called sub-contractor has to carry general liability and workers comp., if you will check your sub-contractor, usually now days a one man company they will purchase a so called ghost policy for workers comp. stating they are the only employee and then hire another sub-contractor under them to perform the work, this way they don’t have to pay the 18-20% per $100.00 insurance , this can cut out the legit construction companies from being able to compete. This is the standard routine for most small construction companies and especially the illegal aliens, they are usually all 1099 sub-contractors who are not covered by any type of insurance, and when they get hurt on the job, who pays the bill. You and me.
It is in my honest opinion that the collapse of the housing bubble is a good thing, it has cleaned out the market from wanna be builders and investor builders who got into construction to make a fast buck with no desire to really learn the business or produce a quality product.True it has hurt a lot of innocent homeowners and legitimate business owners , however the market will come back and hopefully it will be with a renewed emphasis on quality, competiveness ,and honesty.
Pulte Homes Using Illegal Immigrants
Immigrants in the United States Illegally Could Take 300,000 Construction Jobs
Studies by two conservative think tanks estimate immigrants in the United States illegally could take 300,000 construction jobs, or 15% of the 2 million jobs that new taxpayer-financed projects are predicted to create.
They fault Congress for failing to require that employers certify legal immigration status of workers before hiring by using a Department of Homeland Security program called E-Verify. The program allows employers to check the validity of Social Security numbers provided by new hires. It is available to employers on a voluntary basis.
Illegal Immigration Explained
Illegal immigration into the United States is a highly profitable proposition for both employers and the U.S. government, and it also benefits Mexico, which is the largest source country of undocumented immigrants into the US.
The US and Mexican governments actively entice illegal immigrants to enter this country and to work illegally for profit-hungry U.S. employers. Poverty-stricken immigrants , who are often desperate to house and feed their families, respond to the financial enticements...and then are blamed by U.S. citizenry for illegally being in the US.
The Cost of Illegal Immigration
Open your eyes every word here can be, and is Verified
this is a MUST read.
It's easy to dismiss individual programs that benefit non-citizens until they're put together
and this picture emerges. Someone did a lot of research to put together all of this data.
Often these programs are buried within other programs making them difficult to find.
A Real Eye Opener
WHY is the USA BANKRUPT?
You think the war in Iraq was costing us too much? We have been hammered with the propaganda that it was the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. I now find that to be RIDICULOUS.
I hope the following 14 reasons are read over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them. I also have included the URL's for verification of all the following facts...
1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.
Verify at: http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8<http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8> http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8> >
2. $22 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
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4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
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5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.HTML<http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.HTML<http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.HTML
9. $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal
13. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.
14.The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes committed
by Illegal Immigrants In The United States ..
http: // www.drdsk.com/articleshtml
$ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR AND IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, HAVING TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY;
IT IS $338,300,000,000.00
WHICH WOULD BE ENOUGH TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY FOR THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY.
Are we THAT Stupid?
YES, FOR LETTING THOSE IN THE U.S. CONGRESS GET AWAY WITH LETTING THIS HAPPEN YEAR AFTER YEAR!!!!!
If this doesn't bother you, then just disregard the message. If, on the other hand, it does raise the hair on the back of your neck, I hope you forward it to every legal resident in the United States .