Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Jobs American's Won't Do...

It's the mantra, you know. Americans "won't do" jobs, thus we HAVE to have illegal immigration.

An Alabama employment agency that sent 70 laborers and construction workers to job sites in that state in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina says the men were sent home after just two weeks on the job by employers who told them "the Mexicans had arrived" and were willing to work for less.


"The men we sent to jobs in Alabama were local fellows looking for work, men who needed jobs," Mrs. Swope said. "After driving 50 miles to the work sites where they had been promised $10 an hour, they discovered the employers had found substitutes who were willing to work for less."

$10/hour is not exactly a king's ransom, either.

Not to worry. SOMEBODY made a few bucks. In a story which is closely related:

Government agencies paid inflated prices for goods and services in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in a system riddled with waste, three government inspectors general testified at a congressional hearing Monday.

It was the first time the three government auditors _ inspectors general with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and Army _ publicly disclosed their figures on government waste in the Katrina rebuilding effort.

In the case of debris-removal contracts, awarded to four firms, the Auditor General of the Army found that the four subcontracted their work to multiple tiers of subcontractors, resulting in markups between 17 percent to 47 percent.

Similar price hikes were found in other services, including the placing of blue covers on damaged houses and the installation of temporary housing trailers.

So what was the markup on $6.50/hour labor? Wonder if the illegals were given health/dental bennies?

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