It may seem as though the number of immigrants on the Gulf Coast has grown since Hurricane Katrina created a need for workers, but there is no hard evidence to determine the population of immigrants, documented or undocumented, says Temple Black, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Photo: Sam Barnes Some feel that the construction industry is exploiting Hispanic workers by paying insufficient wages. Photo: Sam Barnes Immigration officials say that there is no hard evidence to determine the population of immigrants, documented or undocumented, along the Gulf Coast. “If we knew where the illegals were, we would go
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.