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I live in a quiet, old neighborhood in Northern Virginia right outside of Washington, D.C., where the vast majority of the houses were built between 1950 and 1965. Given our proximity to the nation’s capital and excellent school system, this neighborhood has become very popular with many residents. In this neighborhood, when a house is bought, it is normally torn down to make room for a new, larger house – a trend that seems to affect most suburban neighborhoods in America today.

There are a number of such projects taking place in my neighborhood right now and while walking past two of the construction sites recently I could not help but notice that the full construction crews were made up of Spanish-speaking Latino workers. While most Spanish-speaking Latino workers are legal U.S. residents, many are not. According to a 2009 report by the Pew Hispanic Center, 1.7 million illegal aliens were working in the construction industry in 2008.

We cannot and should not ignore the impact that illegal immigration has had on the U.S. construction industry. Illegal aliens holding these jobs have displaced those legally eligible to work in construction and at the same time driven down wages industry-wide.

Construction used to be good, steady work for many legal workers in this country that also provided a way for laborers to learn a valuable skill. According to the Associated Builders and Contractors, unemployment in the construction industry stands at 13.5 percent, a full four percentage points above the national unemployment rate. Obviously, the slump in the housing market is the most important contributing factor to that high unemployment rate, but the effects of illegal immigration on that particular industry are well recorded and add to the misery of those who earn their livings in these trades (see Immigration, Poverty, and Low-Wage Earners).

We are currently in the midst of an important debate on how we are going to solve this unemployment issue and get our economy back on track. President Obama’s jobs plan ignores the negative effects that illegal immigration is having on many industries, and the open borders and cheap labor lobbies continue to worsen the problem by demanding amnesty for illegal aliens.

Nobody should have to speculate about who is legally eligible to work based on language or appearance. As citizens we should demand that businesses use E-Verify to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S. But as consumers we are equally responsible to give our business to companies that already use E-Verify and employ legal workers.

Addressing illegal immigration at this time would open up millions of new jobs in the construction, landscaping, and service industries. These are jobs that are badly needed and most of all, are jobs that Americans and legal citizens will do.

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Content written by former Federation for American Immigration Reform staff.

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    HERE’S WHAT LA RAZA SUPREMACY LOOKS LIKE IN THE AMERICAN BURBS:

    DIDN’T SAN JOSE CAPITULATE TO LA RAZA SUPREMACY AND DECLARE ITSELF A “SANCTUARY CITY”????

    VIVA LA RAZA?

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/10/100-arrested-in-big-anti-gang-operation.html

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    100 arrested in big anti-gang operation in five Bay Area counties

    By Sean Webby

    swebby@mercurynews.com
    Posted: 10/14/2011 02:28:49 PM PDT
    Updated: 10/14/2011 02:30:26 PM PDT

    Nuestra Familia means “Our Family” in Spanish, but to law enforcement that particular criminal clan is one of those “families” responsible for a cancerous network of bloodshed, weapons and drugs throughout the South Bay.
    Friday 150 agents from multiple law enforcement agencies spread from Salinas to San Jose concluded a major series of busts that netted drugs, an armory of illegal weapons and the arrest of more than 100 people, including a number of Nuestra Familia gang members.
    The multi-agency operation, announced by state Attorney General Kamala Harris in a high-powered press conference in Gilroy Friday afternoon, was dubbed “Garlic Press.”
    As part of the operation, undercover Department of Justice agents purchased drugs and firearms, as well as stolen property and vehicles, from gang members and others with prior felony convictions.
    “After noticing an increase in crime, Gilroy officials asked for help in dismantling a gang network that had set up shop in their town,” Harris said in a news release. “DOJ agents are uniquely suited to perform the undercover work vital to building complex, multi-jurisdictional cases like this one. This community is safer because of their hard work and their partnerships with federal and local law enforcement.”
    To date, the operation has resulted in the seizure of more than 3 pounds of methamphetamine, 28.5 grams of heroin, 4 ounces of cocaine, 34 ecstasy tablets, 10 oxycontin pills, 44 firearms,
    81 stolen vehicles and stolen property State charges include auto theft, possession of stolen property, gun charges, burglary, sales of narcotics (heroin, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy), and gang enhancements. Some suspects are also being arrested on federal indictments.
    The joint operation involved: The California Department of Justice, Unified Narcotic Enforcement Team (UNET) and the San Jose Regional Office were the lead investigative agencies and were supported by the Gilroy Police Department, California Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office-Northern District.

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    OBAMA’S LA RAZA SUPREMACIST SEC. OF (ILLEGAL) LABOR DOESN’T SEEM TO KNOW WHAT AN ILLEGAL IS ANY MORE THAN HISPANDERING OBAMA!
    “We are all Americans, whether you are legalized or not.” OBAMA’S SEC. OF LABOR, LA RAZA SUPREMACIST, HILDA SOLIS WAVING THE MEXICAN FLAG IN OUR FACES.

    LA RAZA SUPREMACIST HILDA SOLIS, SEC. OF DEPT OF LABOR.
    Michelle Malkin
    LA RAZA HILDA SOLIS – The U.S. Department of Illegal Alien Labor

    President Obama’s Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is supposed to represent American workers. What you need to know is that this longtime open–borders sympathizer has always had a rather radical definition of “American.” At a Latino voter registration project conference in Los Angeles many years ago, Solis asserted to thunderous applause, “We are all Americans, whether you are legalized or not.”
    That’s right. The woman in charge of enforcing our employment laws doesn’t give a hoot about our immigration laws —- or about the fundamental distinction between those who followed the rules in pursuit of the American dream and those who didn’t.

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    FROM JUDICIAL WATCH .org
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    Labor Secretary Pledges Help For Illegal Workers
    Last Updated: Tue, 06/22/2010 – 11:00am
    Two months after the Department of Labor launched a special program to assist and protect illegal immigrants in the U.S. the Obama cabinet official who heads the agency is personally encouraging undocumented workers to report employers that don’t pay them fairly.
    In a Spanish-language public service announcement, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis assures that “every worker in America has a right to be paid fairly, whether documented or not.” Illegal aliens who are not getting fair wages are encouraged to call a new hotline set up by the agency on a new “Podemos Ayudar” (We Can Help) web page designed to administer worker protection laws and ensure that employees are properly paid “regardless of immigration status.”
    In the short video, also posted in English, Solis tells illegal immigrants that it’s a “serious problem” when workers in this country are not paid fairly and that all workers have the right to receive their salary regardless of immigration status. She encourages those who are not to call the new hotline and assures it’s free and confidential. “Podemos ayudar,” (we can help), Solis guarantees at the end of the brief segment.
    The Labor Secretary’s new message is part of a campaign launched a few months ago to help illegal immigrant workers in the U.S., who she refers to as “vulnerable” and “underpaid.” At least 1,000 new field investigators have been deployed to reach out to Latino laborers in areas with large numbers of illegal alien employees and the agency will focus on enforcing labor and wage laws in industries that typically hire lots of illegal aliens without reporting anyone to federal immigration authorities.
    For a government agency to protect law breakers in this fashion may seem unbelievable but not if you consider the source. A Former California congresswoman, Solis has close ties to the influential La Raza movement that advocates open borders and rights for illegal immigrants. She made the protection of undocumented workers a major priority upon being named Labor Secretary, assuring illegal aliens that “if you work in this country, you are protected by our laws.”

    “While the declining job market in the United States may be discouraging some would-be border crossers, a flow of illegal aliens continues unabated, with many entering the United States as drug-smuggling “mules.”

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    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/10/jerry-brown-la-raza-dem-hands-no-e.html
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    LOS ANGELES COUNTY, WITH LA RAZA GLORIA MOLINA (RACIST MEX SUPREMACIST) AS COUNTY SUPERVISOR, IS NOW MEXICO’S WELFARE STATE IN OUR BORDERS. YOU WON’T HEAR THE LA RAZA DEMS OPENING THEIR BIG MOUTHS BOUT THAT, ANY MORE THAN THEY OPEN THEIR BIG MOUTHS ABOUT FORECLOSURES, BANKSTER CRIMES, OR MEXICAN GANG MURDERS.
    LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUTS OUT $600 MILLION PER YEAR IN WELFARE TO ILLEGALS. THE SAME COUNTY PAYS OUT $300 MILLION TO JAIL MEXICAN CRIMINALS. THE SAME COUNTY HAS A TAX-FREE MEXICAN UNDERGROUND ECONOMY CALCULATED TO BE MORE THAN $2 BILLION PER YEAR… AND YET THE LA RAZA DEMS PUSH FOR OPEN BORDERS, NO E-VERIFY, DREAM ACT PLOYS FOR MORE ILLEGALS, NO LAWS APPLY TO LA RAZA, AND OBAMA’S CONTINUED NON-ENFORCEMENT.
    DID YOU VOTE FOR LA RAZA SUPREMACY? WELL, YOU’RE SURE PAYING FOR IT ANYWAY! …. PUSH 2 FOR ENGLISH IS AROUND THE CORNER.

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    INCOME PLUMMETS UNDER OBAMA… except for his bankster donors!

    WHILE INCOMES SOARS FOR THE RICH, OBAMA’S LARGEST CONSTITUENCY NEXT TO HIS LA RAZA PARTY BASE, WAGES FOR MOST HAVE PLUMMETED. CAN WE REALLY AFFORD MORE OF THIS CLOWN?

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/10/incomes-for-non-bankster-donors-plummet.html
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY OBAMA AND HIS CORRUPT LA RAZA DEMS SABOTAGE E-VERIFY! It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF GUARDS ON THE KOREAN BORDERS, AND A DOZEN ON THE NARCOMEX BORDERS. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY HALF THE JOBS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY GO TO ILLEGALS USING STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY THE LA RAZA DEMS KEEP HANDING PLATTERS OF “DREAM ACTS” TO LA RAZA SO THEY KEEP CLIMBING OUR BORDERS. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY MOST OF THE FORTUNE 500 ARE GENEROUS DONORS TO THE MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY OBAMA’S SEC. OF LABOR IS A LA RAZA SUPREMACIST. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY OBAMA HAS TIRELESSLY PUSHED FOR JOBS FOR LA RAZA WHILE BLACK AMERICAN WENT UNEMPLOYED. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY OBAMA USES OUR TAX DOLLARS TO FUND THE MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY OBAMA PUT LA RAZA PARTY MEMBER SONIA SOTOMAYER ON THE COURT TO VOTE AGAINST E-VERIFY. It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    THERE IS A REASON WHY WIKILEAKS HAS EXPOSED OBAMA’S AGENDA OF OPEN BORDERS.
    It’s all about keeping wages depressed! No one has assaulted the American worker more than Barack Obama has for his corporate paymasters! Change? Yes, it is!
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    Workers’ incomes plummet during the Obama “recovery”
    11 October 2011
    As the anti-Wall Street protests against social inequality and the tyranny of the financial oligarchy spread across the US, a new study released Monday documents the devastating decline in working class living standards over the past four years.

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    joe legal v jose illegal

    jose gets the JOB, but joe still gets the tax bills for the welfare system jose collects on to make up for the miserable wages he’s paid!

    LOS ANGELES COUNTY ALONE PUTS OUT $600 MILLION PER YEAR IN WELFARE TO ILLEGALS! IT IS THE MEXICAN ANCHOR BABY B IRTHING CENTER OF AMERICA!

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    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/05/joe-american-legal-vs-la-raza-jose.html
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    THE ENTIRE REASON THE BORDERS ARE LEFT OPEN IS TO CUT WAGES!

    “We could cut unemployment in half simply by reclaiming the jobs taken by illegal workers,” said Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, co-chairman of the Reclaim American Jobs Caucus. “President Obama is on the wrong side of the American people on immigration. The president should support policies that help citizens and legal immigrants find the jobs they need and deserve rather than fail to enforce immigration laws.”

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    Illegal aliens are bringing the whole construction industry down.The quality of their work is directly related to how much english they speak.When I started in construction in 1978 everybody spoke english and had pride in their work.Now most people on the jod don’t speak or understand english.They don’t care about the quality of their work,it’s only a way to send money back to their native country.When you give them instructions they say they understand but they don’t.Why should they care about quality it’s not their country they’re here illegally.

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      where i live there are NO construction sites where ANY tradesman is not HISPANIC and speaks ENGLISH.

      they built a $70 million dollar library recently. I passed by dozens of times during construction. never once saw a non-hispanic worker, or heard english!

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    E-Verify has a major flaw. If work is subcontracted out the prime contractor is not responsible to E-Verify the employees of the subcontractor. A subcontractor may themselves be illegal but usually is a person who speaks English and has gotten a federal ID #, not a Social Security #, and may or may not be legit. The federal ID is provided to the prime contractor for their tax reporting purposes and gives the prime contractor a legal out. The subcontractors that are illegals use this method. They do the job, bill the Company they are subbing for, pay their employees who are illegal, never pay payroll taxes and after a period of time they move on to another state, another employer and stay under the radar. Companies who sub out work that way have the Federal ID # for their records and are not responsible for the actions of the sub. The companies that sub out save a lot of money. Wages for legitimate workers are driven down (especially in the construction trades) because companies do business with these subs who on paper look legit. So, E-Verify should require the prime contractor to E-Verify workers who are working for any sub contractor of theirs.

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      THERE IS A REASON WHY THE LA RAZA DEMS work tirelessly AGAINST E-VERIFY!

      it’s all about keeping wages depressed.

      there are only eight (8) states with a population greater than LOS ANGELES COUNTY where half those with a job are illegals using stolen social security numbers. this same county puts out $600 milion in welfare to illegals, many of whom are pregnant mexicans that hop the border for free ANCHOR baby birthing and 18 years of welfare.

      WE ARE MEXICO’S WELFARE, FREE BIRTHING, FREE MEDICAL, JOBS & JAILS PROGRAM!

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    All illegal aliens need to be sent back, cause they are’t welcome here. That also means the -non-funding of LA RAZA by the congress of the UNITED STATES.

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    OBAMA’S HISPANICAZATION OF AMERICA FOR THE LA RAZA VOTE:
    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/05/obamas-hispanicazation-of-america-push.html
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    WIKI LEAKS EXPOSES OBAMA’S OPEN BORDERS AGENDA – BUILDING A BORDERLESS TERRITORY WITH NARCOMEX:
    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/05/wikileaks-exposed-obamas-la-raza-open.html
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    OBAMA’S LA RAZA PARTY INFESTED ADMINISTRATION:
    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/06/obamas-administration-infested-with.html

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    So, send them all back home, and let’s see if these jobs are snatched up by Americans who want to work. I bet a LOT of people who do construction work and can’t find a job, because illegals have them, will be the first in line with a resume’. You can’t tell ME these illegals have a resume’. If they do, it’s been fabricated by someone, or the employer doesn’t care. This is why, a lot of people have construction failure in their new homes, because these people couldn’t find their way out of a wet paper bag…

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    The E-Verify bill came out of the Judiciary Committee with no bill-killing amendments attached. Now, the REPUBLICANS will not let it come to the floor for a vote. This bill when enacted would free upwards of 20 million jobs at no cost to taxpayers. Obama’s job plan will cost the country dearly and, even at it’s best, cannot provide more than 7 million jobs. Nobody mentions this. The E-Verify bill is a JOBS BILL. Why is nobody mentioning this on either side of the aisle? What is going on????

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    Ana Zuniga-Maus on

    That is the reason why this government want to create construction jobs and refuse to back e-verify, they are creating jobs for the future voters of the Democratic party, plain and simple. I have been saying this for a long time, any construction job created, will more likely go to an illegal with out the implementation of e-verify in the country.

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    I’ve seen first hand, how the utter spinelessness from the majority of this states (MD) government representatives have created havoc, due to their dementedly liberal stance on illegal alien issues. You can’t be a magnet for years, throwing taxpayer money at racist groups like Casa de MD & their ilk, along with doing nothing about sanctuary cities, & only recently ending giving driver licenses to illegal aliens. Now we have to fight these idiots over giving in state college tuition to illegal aliens, adding more salt to a wound that has lasted far to long. If only these imbeciles could grasp, “it’s not a compassion issue, it’s the enforcement of our rule of law”, maybe then they would solve the problem they have created. But with this dung heap of career politicians currently in office, we’re pretty much doomed!

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      The wealth gap has grown so large that only 10% of “the people” can afford to contribute to election campaigns. So politicians invariably work in the interest of that 10% who benefit directly – or indirectly – from reduced labor costs. Unfortunately as long as electioneering is financed privately the ‘dung heap’ will remain in place.

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    Christopher Greenwood on

    Employers use contractors to get employees, they do not list their job openings, so saying American won’t take those jobs is a misnomer , in many cases the first time many Americans hear about those jobs is when the employer is raided, and then they have plenty of Americans applying to replace the illegals

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      Right on. And living conditions provided by contractors to agricultural workers is often so bad that only desperate workers (hoping to send money home to desperate families) can abide them. Slavery is alive and well.