Illegal aliens hurt small contractors

Illegal aliens hurt small contractors
December 05 15:55 2017 Print This Article

A former contractor told Lowcountry Source that the prevalence of illegal alien laborers is making it difficult for small contractors who play by the rules to stay in business. Her minority-owned business did home re-modeling projects and used to employ 42 people. She says that she knows of dozens of minority-owned businesses involved in painting, dry wall, stucco, masonry, roofing and landscaping which have shut down during the past two decades.

The contractor, who will be referred to as “Loretta”, did not want to be identified. She says that businesses which hire illegals, including national and multi-state chains, have an unfair advantage, because they pay lower wages and don’t have to pay Social Security and Medicare matching funds or Workmen’s Compensation fees. She said evidence of the cash economy can be evidenced at banks on Friday afternoons, when dozens of people in laborer attire who don’t speak English show up to make cash deposits.

Loretta is pleased with the job President Donald Trump is doing to crack down on illegal immigration. The top priority for the Trump administration is pursuing is tracking down and deporting the 80,000 illegal alien prisoners who were released into the population at the end of the Obama administration. She said that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) needs more holding facilities to detain illegals and prepare them for deportation and suggested that such facilities and the proposed border wall could be paid for with assets seized from the drug cartels and taxing wire transfers to other countries.

While South Carolina has an E-Verify law to ensure that businesses only hire legal residents, Loretta said that many businesses skirt the law by hiring out-of-state subcontractors, which don’t have to comply with E-Verify. She also claimed that the state doesn’t do workplace audits in the hospitality and construction sectors with large numbers of illegal workers but rather concentrates the audits in areas such as barbershops, nail salons and professional service offices. If a South Carolina business is found to be out of compliance with E-Verify on more than one audit, it would lose its business license.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates that illegal immigration cost South Carolina $630 Million last year. Among the illegal immigration-related costs borne by state and local governments are K-12 schools for the children of illegals, prison and detention center expenses, and emergency room medical care services.  If you suspect that a business is hiring illegal workers, contact the Charleston ICE field office at 843-852-5458.

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  1. December 05, 16:40 #1 David Pechacek

    Heh. Go to every new home construction site in the Charleston area if you want to find illegal workers. They’re not finding them because they don’t want to.

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    • December 05, 20:08 Al Clarke

      absolutely. e do remodel aand custom work, just as you say. I have postulated the ICE raid all new homes’ construction sites and check drivers’ licenses randomly.. no response. Then listen to CH 5 Fri-Monday report on crime in N Chas

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    • December 06, 13:03 Grsdy Harmon

      I agree with you David P. They can go to the hospitals/ER and find many illegals. There is probably too much money being paid to turn heads.

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  2. December 05, 23:15 #2 Anonymous

    Thanks for the local number.
    In many ways e-Verify makes it easier to hire illegals. Illegals buy a legimate SS# and presto they pass!

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  3. December 06, 08:13 #3 John Steinberger

    1 in 6 students in Beaufort County School District are children of illegal aliens. The district has 62 English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers – a cost of more than $3 Million.

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  4. December 06, 10:03 #4 Brenda Butler

    Remember when it was of the people, by the people and for the people? Seems it’s time to send this to every legislator, senator, congressman or any other official in charge of our destiny!
    Immigration law: Under Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii) any US citizen that knowingly assists an illegal alien, provides them with employment, food, water or shelter has committed a felony. City, County or State officials that declare their jurisdictions to be “Open Cities, Counties or States are subject to arrest; as are law enforcement agencies who chose not to enforce this law.
    “Police officers who ignore officials who violate Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii) are committing a Section 274 federal felony. Furthermore, according to Federal Immigration and National Act of 1952, if you live in a city, county or State that refuses to enforce the law for whatever reason, the officials making those rules are financially liable for any crime committed within their jurisdiction by an illegal alien.”
    b](iii) are committing a Section 274 federal felony. Furthermore, according to Federal Immigration and National Act of 1952, if you live in a city, county or State that refuses to enforce the law for whatever reason, the officials making those rules are financially liable for any crime committed within their jurisdiction by an illegal alien.”

    Republicans are introducing bills to make local governments accountable for continuing to allow illegals stay in our communities. If jails and schools are overcrowded with illegals and illegals anchors costing tax payers, home owners, and declines in state and county budgets that county should still be considered a sanctuary for illegal aliens. In recent articles in the Island Packet it stated that it is easy for illegals to obtain jobs and keep them in our community because people need the labor and that “the undocumented are welcome in our communities” stated by Mayors. So with that statement it only shows us that they do not care and always say, “It is a federal issue.”

    Business are still hiring illegals in Beaufort County and paying them cash, this is true, Temporary job placement services are one of the main culprits. They place people in jobs and if the employer wants to hire them, they have to comply with E-verify not the temporary service which is another way to skirt E-verify. Construction general contractors hire a documented person to run a job site who hires the illegals, gets a check from his boss and doles out the cash in bank parking lots or gas stations. Speaking of gas stations they are looking more like day labor sites where locals pick them up and drop them off for work. We have E-verify in South Carolina at this is an agency that works inside of the Department of Labor. If you go to this site you can see all of the audits of businesses I9.s. The reason for the audits is to make sure businesses are not hiring illegal aliens. If you read the list you will witness that most businesses who hire illegals are not audited as John explained. Illegals are known to use their own children’s and siblings social security number to work and get loans. E-verify only recognizes the number but not when it was issued and I agree with a commenter, illegals also buy fake ID’s.

    From 2005 to 2008 Sheriff P Tanner trained officers in the 287g Program. Trained officers where placed in a task force that removed illegals, stopped day labor sites and busted several “safe houses” and “ID factories, The fake ID’s were actually being made in HUD Housing. In 2006 some concerned citizens got the Workers Verification Ordinance passed in the unincorporated areas of Beaufort County because Hilton Head Island Mayor at the time Tom Peeples, who’s construction company brought illegals to Beaufort County and Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka refused to comply. When this ordinance was passed and funded by Beaufort Town Council, businesses feared they would be audited and moved their companies to Jasper County.

    It is well known that HUD Housing in Beaufort County is inundated with illegals and not just that but construction companies who hire them allow them to take their work vehicles home which are lined up next to each other in those parking lots. Low income employees who are American citizens working in the hospitality industry have to take a bus up to four hours a day to and from work because there is no affordable housing for them. “Stack A Shacks” on HHI were built just so these employees had a place to reside closest to their jobs. South Carolina legislators introduced a bill in 2010 to prevent illegals from living in Section 8 Housing but it never got to committee. President Donald Trump is vowing to stop illegals from getting any type of government assistance. Dr. Carson who is now the HUD Housing Leader in congress found that almost 50% of DACA recipient’s live in HUD Housing with their parents who brought them here illegally. He said that this type of housing was built for the handicapped and veterans and low income American citizens not illegal aliens.

    The fraud by illegals and not to mention the crime by illegals has sky rocketed during the Obama administration ( has a lot of that information for you or just go to my face book page, No Sanctuary For Illegal Aliens In Beaufort County and you can see the homework I do to inform people of crimes committed by illegals in Beaufort County and other states.

    It is our duty as American citizens to assist President Donald Trump in enforcing new and old immigration laws so if you see something say something by reporting it to BICE.

    A concerned citizen, Brenda Butler

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    • December 06, 12:23 Patricia

      Thank You for sharing Brenda. This is shocking that we are paying for illegals to live in Hud housing. Companies are making a lot of money on their low-cost labor. But we are paying big in tax dollars.

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