Raid rumors spark Hispanic worker no-shows
Rumors - strongly denied by federal officials - of local immigration checkpoints and roundups amid heightened focus on the issue of illegal aliens combined to keep hundreds if not thousands of Hispanic workers off the job Monday in Central Oregon, where they play a crucial role in the red-hot housing market.
Brian Bergler, vice president for sales and marketing for Pahlisch Homes in Bend, said, "Our production team saw most of the trades, in sheetrockers and paint crews, were mostly affected, and we saw about 50 percent (of the) workforce that didn't show up for the day (Monday)."
"The main rumor is that there are checkpoints out for immigration," Bergler said. "We're just anxious for all of them to return as quickly as possible. A couple days, we can continue as normal, but if it continued for a week or longer, it would definitely have an effect for us."
Many of you understand that there is no need for massive deportation, that over time simple enforcement of our labor laws will cause illegal aliens to stop working and go home.
But when simple rumors can keep 50% of a workforce from showing up it may be even easier. Imagine if there we a few extra raids this week. Put some fear in the illegal employees and put some employers out of bussiness.
ICE should immediately issue a press release saying that they will be doing raids starting Friday, here is a phone number to call to verify the work eligibility of your workers, if you are found to have illegal workers after this the fine is $50,000 per head.