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Illegal Aliens Flee Alabama, Construction Industry Suffers?

July 4, 2011 by  

Illegal Aliens Flee Alabama, Construction Industry Suffers?

Citizens in Tuscaloosa, Ala., worry that the recently passed Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act may hinder tornado reconstruction efforts, as Hispanic illegal aliens flee the State, fearing prosecution. The new law, touted as “the strongest immigration bill in the country” by Governor Robert Bentley, in part requires employers to use the Federal E-Verify system to make sure their workers are in the country legally.

“They’re leaving now, right now,” Ever Duarte, head of the city’s Hispanic soccer league, told Bloomberg. “I know people who are packing up tonight. They don’t want to wait to see what happens. It started last week. Our league had 12 teams the week before that. Last week, it was eight.”

Much of Tuscaloosa was devastated by the tornadoes that hit the town on April 27, carving a path of rubble three-quarters of a mile wide and six miles long and killing 43 people. Some citizens have expressed concern that reconstruction efforts will fail to find enough workers.

“Hispanics, documented and undocumented, dominate anything to do with masonry, concrete, framing, roofing and landscaping,” Bob McNelly, a contractor with Nash-McCraw Properties, told the news service. “There are very few subcontractors I work with that don’t have a Hispanic workforce… It’s not the pay rate. It’s the fact that they work harder than anyone. It’s the work ethic.”

However, not all Tuscaloosa residents believe illegal aliens are necessary to do the job.

“There are plenty of people capable of working, if they’d just get off their butts and do it,” Rich Cooper, a contractor with Bell Construction, told the news service.


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  • JimH

    With a 10% unemployment rate, there will be enough people willing to fill those jobs.

  • jopa

    Oh my goodness;Georgia had the same problem with their farm workers when they passed a new immigration law.It chased away all the Hispanics and their fruits and vegetables are now rotting on the vines.It seems as though most unemployed Americans are unwilling or unable to fill these jobs.As I said before, we cant live with them and we cannot live without them.Okay Jay lets hear it.

    • Raggs

      Shut up you liar!!!!

      The only reason if any that the fruit rots is due to your *iggers sitting on their arse drawing oblama money instead of getting a job.

    • http://naver sook young

      I think that since Georgia has many people unemployed, there are enough workers to do the job. Thank you.

      Sook Young
      Wife of the Samurai

  • s c

    Ho hum. If Alabama needs warm bodies so crops won’t rot in the fields or ‘on the vine,’ let the herds of union-lovers in Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and California head south. Also, there must be thousands and thousands of ‘college kids’ on summer break who aren’t doing anything productive.
    Shucks, we have a bunch of elected types in Washington who haven’t put in a hard day’s work in years (though they do seem to make a LOT of money doing little or nothing, and some of those SOBs leave Washington RICH).
    ORGANIZE all of those citizens and head them toward Alabama or whatever state needs ‘help.’ Remember, “yes we can” [whatever the hell THAT half-assed really means].

  • JimH

    Hey jopa, I know it’s a long commute, but do you want a job?
    Do we have a LEGAL Hispanic shortage?

  • Pete

    ALABAMA ! WHAT A STATE ! That’s really good news, now if the rest of states would just follow Alabama’s example – before Congress screws everything up !!!

    What probably will happen – Construction Contractors/Employers who use illegal immigrant labor will suffer … but on the flip side … Small Construction businesses, who don’t use illegal labor, will PROSPER – they are already “lean and mean” and will make a profit …

  • jopa

    JimH;Well I’m retired and living a very comfortable life, however if you would like to car pool we could volunteer and help those folks out.I don’t think the legal Hispanics were the ones in the fields picking the crops.Perhaps some but the majority were illegal.I do agree if they are here illegally they must go home and come in through legal channels as law abiding citizens or with some type of temporary work permit.No more amnesty like Reagan did a few years back.

  • JimH

    jopa, After we rebuild after the tornado, we’ll pick some crops. I’ll be by to pick you up at 5 am so we can get a good early start.

  • Brittanicus


    Before the August recess of Congress, the American people can aid jobless citizens, legal permanent aliens by insisting that The Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 2164 be brought to the House floor for a vote. Time is of the essence and Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith has an answer, to produce millions of jobs quickly and efficiently requiring the use of E-Verify nationwide that would free up jobs currently held by illegal aliens. This is a chance to help your fellow unemployed countryman by Calling House Leadership NOW Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for the “Speaker of the House’s office” or the “House Majority Leader’s office. This is a very distasteful situation but birthright and legal individuals have a right to be employed over foreign cheap labor. You can also call the direct lines by dialing:

    * House Speaker John Boehner — 202-225-0600
    * House Majority Leader Eric Cantor — 202-225-4000

    America has been silently invaded and we are heading towards a future of overpopulation. We do not have the financial resources anymore and taking money from US taxpayers to pay for illegal alien’s welfare, emergency hospital visits and more throughout America is wrong. In all the discussions about cutting back on the US treasury deficits, both parties are refusing to consider in these opposed debates, the fact that illegal aliens are compounding this major issue; the dollar amount to the $14.5 Trillion dollars, in this depressed meltdown we are facing. The Department of Homeland Security estimated in 2003, that 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens had settled in America and 700,000 new people enter illegally and stay each year, with 8 million plus taking jobs from low income, middle class workers. This is about illegal immigration? An immigrant is not illegal and people need to be enlightened.

    E-Verify will reduce Sanctuary Cities and States policies, counter react The Dream Act, Secure Communities and place on iron fist of another fraudulent Amnesty being enacted. Secure Communitiesis also an excellent policing enforcement tool, but that is already enacted, but receiving negative publicity. Highly skilled Professional workers are always welcome, not indigent ECONOMIC illegal aliens who are driving this country, into a third world condition. We cannot accommodate any longer those who come here to steal welfare and public services from valid Americans. It is estimated that illegal aliens send home by wire transfer around $40 billion dollars annually, which should be going into state treasuries. Join the TEA PARTY; join the people of Black, White, Hispanic and every race and backgrounds who believe in the “Rule of Law.”


  • Beth

    Illegals are not leaving Alabama nor Arizona. They are just as bull headed as ever. They are like ants in Wal Mart. Their anchor babies run into people and knock them down. They always have 2 full grocery carts filled with meats of all kinds, fruits of all kind, bottle water, baby food, baby clothes etc.,. The American black and whites are doing good just to get enough to cover the bottom of their cart.

    Where are they getting their money? Drugs, selling drugs and operating prostitution houses and trailers.


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