Immigration Enforcement in the Construction Industry
In May 2006, U.S. Department of Homeland Security enforcement officers raided construction sites of one of the country’s top residential home construction companies and found 76 undocumented workers working as subcontractors. As a result, four supervisors are facing federal charges of harboring illegal immigrants with penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $250,000. Further, in recent crackdowns, Homeland Security officers arrested seven managers of a Houston pallet supply company. These actions represent aggressive moves to show Homeland Security is serious about employer compliance of workforce hiring laws. Companies should recognize that immigration issues continue to pose hot-button topics for the construction industry, and should focus on three measures: 1. Know your workforce. 2. Know your obligations for complying with the law. 3. Know your rights. View full article (PDF).
This article first appeared in BUILDERnews Magazine.