Authorities plan to deport undocumented construction workers

Logan, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal authorities plan to deport seven suspected illegal immigrants caught working on a construction project run by a Nashville-based contractor.

The men were taken into custody Tuesday at Logan Regional Medical Center in West Virginia. The hospital says the men were working for a contractor hired for minor renovation work.

U-S Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman Ernestine Fobbs says the men are in custody awaiting deportation.

Meanwhile, Nashville-based contractor Batten and Shaw says a drywall firm hired for the job was responsible for verifying the men were working legally.

Nashville subcontractor Rocklyn-Thomas says it thought the men were working legally.

Rocklyn-Thomas owner Rocky Sizemore says the situation came to light because people in Logan don't want Mexican workers. He says if it weren't for migrant workers, there'd be no construction in the U-S.

State Division of Labor officials say out-of-state construction companies using undocumented workers are a big concern.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Lisa Davis Location: Knoxville on Jul 17, 2007 at 03:01 PM
    I get sick of hearing contractors say this. My husband is a contractor and doesn't have a problem finding employees or subs to work for him. I think the main problem is they don't want to pay the higher wages. This makes me sick!!!!!!!
  • by Jim Location: Morristown on Jul 14, 2007 at 12:47 PM
    Rocklyn-Thomas owner Rocky Sizemore should have been arrested as well. As an Economist, I could not disagree with Rocky's statement more. If it weren't for employers like him providing jobs to them, they wouldn't come here illegally. He said he "thought the men were working legally," give me a break, I'd bet he knew darn well they were illegal. And, if he paid workers a good salary, he'd find American or legal immigrant workers to employ. It's a simple matter of supply and demand; cut off the demand and the supply will dry up. It's similar to the drug problem that we as a country have been fighting for many years. We have always been attacking the supply side and it has done no good whatsoever. Had we attacked the demand side with vengence, i.e. users, sellers and traffickers, we'd make a dent in the problem. But going after Juan in Columbia hasn't worked at all.
  • by Larry Location: Knoxville on Jul 13, 2007 at 04:23 PM
    Who is verifying that Rocklyn-Thomas has been withholdng & paying payroll taxes on these employees. Surely they weren't defrauding the federal government by paying cash under the table.


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