An economic study set to be released today found widespread illegal practices in New York City’s residential construction industry, estimating that one-fifth of the 82,000 workers who build housing in the city work off the books.
Off-the-Book Construction Jobs Soar in City, Study Shows
Industry experts say the number of residential construction workers employed off the books has soared because the industry needs so many workers, because so many illegal immigrants are eager to take construction jobs and because unions have made few inroads in organizing workers in residential construction.
The report said that employers that hire people off the books also often cut corners on safety, contributing to the increase in construction deaths.
Meanwhile, the NY Times reports that Tax Returns Rise for Immigrants in U.S. Illegally
The increase in filings comes amid talk of an immigration overhaul, with some proposals introduced in Congress linking amnesty to the payment of taxes. Many illegal immigrants showing up at tax preparation offices around the country say they hope that filing a return will create a paper trail that could lead to citizenship one day.
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