Alabama Home Builder Associations are holding Job Fairs after the States new standards against hiring illegal aliens has been enacted.
The penalty provision that would shut down a business found to hire an illegal immigrant for 15 days after the first offense. On a second offense, a contractor’s license could be suspended. On the third offense, a company would permanently lose its license to do business in Alabama.
An estimated 185,000 illegal aliens work in the Alabama Construction Trades however there are few indicators of how many have left the state so far.
Positions needed include roofers, painters, drywall installers, concrete workers, and other laborers in the building trade.
Sponsors of the hiring event are the Alabama Associated General Contractors and the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. The job fair will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the AGC building at 5000 Grantswood Road, just off Interstate 459.
Member contractors and home builders from both groups will be in the building to interview prospects for positions ranging from common laborer to skilled craftsman.
Immigration law supporters, including bill sponsor State Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, have said that illegal immigrants were taking jobs away from Alabamians and that the legislation would help reduce Alabama’s nearly 10 percent unemployment rate.