The Dallas Business Journal reports that the construction industry fears "economic chaos" will result if the DHS social security number no match rule ultimately takes effect. The rule is currently being held up by a temporary court order, but it could go live as early as the middle of next month.



Employers in the Lone Star State fear that up to 2/3 of workers at construction companies could be affected by the rule and that construction projects across the state will come to a grinding halt.



My favorite part of the story is where the conservative and anti-immigrant Heritage Foundation spokesman blames the construction industry for becoming "addicted" to illegal workers. Given that 2/3 of the available workers are illegal aliens, this is like saying that I've gotten addicted to breathing oxygen and drinking water. Employers are dependent on illegal labor because that's the labor that's available.



I issue this challenge to the anti-immigrants - prove the availability of US workers who are qualified to do the work (and take out the unemployable such as those with drug abuse and criminal issues) or support a guest worker program allowing employers to legally bring in needed workers.



Otherwise, admit what that you're really anti-immigrant and not just anti-illegal immigrant.