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Old 08-07-2013, 09:14 AM
 
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How would you deal with Hiring a contractor to do work in your home and only to find out when the workers come that they are all speaking Spanish and you suspect them to be illegal?

What would be your course of action?

This is all too common.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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How would you deal with Hiring a contractor to do work in your home and only to find out when the workers come that they are all speaking Spanish and you suspect them to be illegal?

What would be your course of action?

This is all too common.
I'd call the contractor.

Whenever I've contracted work to be done on my house I make it clear up-front that I will not accept a crew on my property that speaks only Spanish. I also emphasize that everyone needs to have papers. I've asked to see peoples' green cards before; they are supposed to carry them with them.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:45 AM
 
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How would you deal with Hiring a contractor to do work in your home and only to find out when the workers come that they are all speaking Spanish and you suspect them to be illegal?

What would be your course of action?

This is all too common.
One can't assume that just because someone (even an entire crew) is speaking in Spanish that they are here illegally. My experience has been that when Latinos are together their language of choice more often than not is Spanish even if they know English. Why, I don't know. I see it everywhere. Personally, I find it a non-assimilation factor even though some may disagree with me. I would of course make sure that the contractor can prove that all of the workers are here legally. Then there is that fake document thing so who knows. I would make sure before even hiring a contractor that they are reputable.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Jacurutu
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I'd call the contractor.

Whenever I've contracted work to be done on my house I make it clear up-front that I will not accept a crew on my property that speaks only Spanish. I also emphasize that everyone needs to have papers. I've asked to see peoples' green cards before; they are supposed to carry them with them.
Why should someone need to show you they are a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident? It is possible to have work authorization without that status. I just see this as another gauntlet that somebody thinks they can put Hispanics through.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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Hispanics always the victims. Always persecuted. This "claim" gets old after awhile.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Why should someone need to show you they are a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident? It is possible to have work authorization without that status. I just see this as another gauntlet that somebody thinks they can put Hispanics through.
And they're welcome to provide proof of permission to work in this country, green card or EAD.

It's my house and I get to make the rules. If you don't like it, go work on someone else's house.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:53 PM
 
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I do this too. I would ask my dad for his contractor he has used because this guy only uses Americans (mostly college students actually). If you can't speak English and only speak Spanish, nope not going to hire you.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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Gee, profile much?
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:49 PM
 
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Gee, profile much?
No;I'd do the same thing to a Chinese-speaking crew or a German-speaking crew, but you don't see many of those around here. Just Spanish-speaking ones.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Pa
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I would do exactly what I did 13 years ago when I built my house. I would ask the contractor if his employees had their green cards. Mine said yeah they all do. I said good prove it. He said he didn't need to to. I said no proof then get off my property before I call the police.
I had another mason on the job within a few days. It cost me $400.00 more dollars and I don't regret it one bit.
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