What plans are being made to fix the construction depression regarding housing? How are the men and women who were and are displaced by illegal immigrants going to get their jobs back? Many builders and small-business owners have been gleefully subverting the income tax and Social Security systems by paying “contract” wages. Illegal aliens happily take untaxed money across our border.
How is that going to be fixed? How do local workers protect themselves against van loads of workers who are allowed to camp on the job site and undercut the cost of labor so drastically? How do we protect ourselves from poor construction practices when building inspectors turn a blind eye?
Maybe the housing depression is a blessing in disguise. It puts workers on an even field: unemployment. You don’t need building inspectors either, if there isn’t any construction. Trickle, trickle, trickle.
Carol A. Clopton