Shortage Of Illegal Labor Caused Construction Worker Wages To Rise Up To 30%

Trump’s Crackdown on Illegal Aliens is Driving Wage-Growth in US Construction Industry by up to 30%

There is a strong correlation between immigration—particularly illegal immigration—and wages.  This should be obvious to anyone familiar with the fundamental principle of supply and demand: more supply (workers) means lower prices (wages), and vice versa.

Despite the fact that this correlation between immigration and wages is well-documented, it is not obvious to many liberal economists, who see immigration as an unfettered economic benefit.  The evidence suggests otherwise, including new data reported by Fox.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, more than 56% of America’s developers are reporting labor shortages, which is forcing them to increases wages and improve working conditions to attract new talent.

In fact, according to Ted Wilson of Residential Strategies Inc. construction costs have risen by 30% this year—the majority of which is due to higher wages and increased overtime pay.  That is, companies are being forced to hire American workers, and pay wages at fair market value.


Because President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration is preventing them from hiring illegal aliens, who undercut the labor market, shortchanging American workers.  The impact of this (while often ignored) is significant.

According to Stan Market, CEO of Texas’ Marek, “half of the workers in construction in Texas are undocumented.”

He goes on to say that many of them are leaving Texas, either to find refuge in sanctuary cities and states, and “many of them are going back to Mexico.”real vs nominal US wages

This is good news for American workers, who have been hammered in recent decades.  In fact, real wages have not risen for the median American worker since 1973, in part because of the deflationary effects of illegal immigration.


And just to be clear, this is not an isolated event—wages will rise in tandem with deportations and other labor restrictions (such as if, and when, the RAISE Act becomes law).

We know this because it’s happening elsewhere already.  For example, the restriction of temporary work visas in Maine earlier this year led to higher wages, better working conditions, and lower unemployment—all good for the average American citizen.

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James Wolfe

Higher wages are racist! 😉


So from $7.25-$9? No constuction pays good to train people.

jc smith

so explain to me how pro union democrats support illegals who work under the table and take UNION jobs? this means they are supporting scabs right?

Alejandro Di Mare

Headline says wages went up by 30%, article says what actually went up were construction costs. Even if the costs went up exclusively due to increased wages, that doesn’t mean that the increase in wages will perfectly match the increase in costs…


Are you blind? This is what the article says:

“construction costs have risen by 30% this year—the majority of which is due to higher wages and increased overtime pay.

Liberal Lou

The real elephant in the room here is the illegal migrant wage gap. How do these companies get away with paying illegal migrants 30% less than legal workers for the same work?
Once we win the argument for illegal migrants to do whatever they want in the US, I say we take up their cause and make companies pay them equal wages for equal work.

ef eu

i say they should cut wages for paid trolls . . . .


One other very important point that I wish the author of this article had pointed out – is that on top of the decrease in wages for native born American construction workers that illegal aliens cause when they are hired for vastly cheaper costs – these illegals also send their non-English speaking kids into our public schools and those schools are funded by native born American taxpayers; these illegals are mooching off the tax payers dime, forcing us to pay for their bilingual school teachers. These low paid illegals also jump on to the social entitlement gravy train and suck down gibsmedats that the American citizens are being forced to subsidize with their tax dollars.

And, that is not all. These illegal aliens don’t have health insurance, so whenever they get sick or need medical care – they charge into the nearest hospital emergency room or one of these Urgent Emergency Care facilities and demand to be treated for ‘free’, and those costs are passed along to the native born American citizens in the form of higher insurance premiums and higher medical costs for their health care.

Oh, and we are already hearing the diabolically evil Democrat party calling for illegal aliens to get tax payer provided subsidizes so they can get free Obamacare. So, any argument by any of these pathologically insane and dishonest, open borders loving liberals that allowing illegal aliens to take jobs away from Americans because they will accept lower wages and that those lower wages somehow benefit regular Americans by lowering ‘costs’ – is pure B.S. Tack on the costs of all these gibs that the tax payers are being forced to pay for to those lower wages, and these illegals quickly become far more expensive than native born Americans who simply want to be paid a decent wage.