In the High Desert, this is definitely the case, according to Glenda McCormick, owner of Victor Valley Personnel Services in Victorville.
company only places English speakers who are legally permitted to work in the country, she
can still cite many instances of contractors taking advantage of the large numbers of Latino immigrants and illegals.
"The influx of Latinos coming into this community, whatever their status, is definitely holding wages down," she
said, "especially in factories, manufacturing and production-type industries, as well as unskilled janitorial or unskilled construction jobs."
But the problems with contractors and wages cut both ways.
With no workers' compensation or liability insurance, and no legal recourse available to them, McCormick
said, illegals have no protection whatsoever from unscrupulous contractors who have been known to grossly underpay them or bilk them of their pay entirely.
Those contractors that can get away with underpaying, she
said, will make life much tougher for legal workers in the same jobs who aren't willing to be underpaid but are desperate for the work.
Remedies for workersMcCormick
believes in immigration, but that people should arrive with a skill, ready to contribute to the work force.Many Latino immigrants and illegals are hard workers, she
said, but most arrive unskilled.