Immigration Enforcement

Good Shepherd subcontractor banned from site for hiring illegal aliens

ENDWELL — A subcontractor that allegedly employed illegal immigrants has been banned from returning to work at the construction site of a new retirement community in Endwell.

QuantcastThe unidentified company has been removed from the site pending an investigation, according to a statement from LeCesse Construction, the construction manager overseeing work at Good Shepherd Village on Farm to Market Road.

“Good Shepherd Village at Endwell is an important project for the Binghamton area and we are committed to building a premier, state-of-the-art facility,” said Andrew Hislop, LeCesse president and CEO. “We will not tolerate non-compliance with United States immigration laws.”

LeCesse refused to name the company involved.

State police last week determined seven men riding in a van on Route 17C were illegal immigrants and turned the El Salvador and Honduras natives over to United State Border Patrol. The men were in Broome County to work at the Good Shepherd construction site, police said.

While those men wait in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center to face a judge, the news that jobs on a local construction project were given to illegal immigrants has angered some.

Chuck Hemenway arrived at the construction site at 8 a.m. with a banner that read, “Shame on you Good Shepherd Nursing Home for lowering area standards.”

“We have guys who are out of work right now,” said Hemenway of the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters. “To me, it’s a slap in the face.”

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January 7, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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