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MSN.com: Trump wants to build a wall, but finding workers won't be easy
President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall faces many obstacles. One of the tallest: building it without undocumented workers.
A labor shortage has left few hands to build houses and factories in the region, where wages have already been rising and projects delayed. Now, the president’s plan for “immediate construction of a border wall” will force the government to find legal builders for a project that could employ thousands if not tens of thousands. About half of construction workers in Texas are undocumented, and nationwide 14 percent lack authorization for employment in the U.S., according to the Workers Defense Project, an Austin group that advocates for undocumented laborers.
“If he is going to build a wall with legal workers in Texas, he is going to have a very hard time,” said Stan Marek, chief executive officer of Marek Brothers, a Houston commercial builder. “There is a real shortage of legal labor.”
As we are finding out in other sectors of the economy, labor shortages are affecting our ability to grow the economy. The 11 million undocumented workers in this country are playing a vital role. If they are deported in a big way, Donald Trump and the rest of the nation will suffer. If he employs undocumented workers to build the wall, he will lose face with the most ardent of his supporters.
So what's the solution? There certainly are unemployed workers in other parts of the country, but many of them cannot migrate or will not migrate at the wages that might be offered. The unskilled ones that do migrate will need to be trained and that costs money and time. Offer higher wages as an incentive and the cost of the wall goes up.
The whole concept of the wall was not thought out with critical thinking. It was born of hate and haters make some very stupid decisions. It remains to be seen if Congress will enable that stupidity.