“The business grew, and developed an expertise that allowed it to score contracts for everything from lawn mowing to retaining walls.
There was just one problem, according to Ramos’ lawyer, Evan Howard of Clayton: “It’s hard to find Americans who want to do jobs like this, and do it full-time.”
And so Ramos Landscaping LLC relied on the federal H2B temporary work visa program. Every year, Ramos hires lawyers to follow the onerous process of legally hiring migrants from his native country. So long as he’s awarded the work visas, his company can bring a handful of workers to the U.S. during its busy season, where they earn $14.52/hour, plus overtime, to sculpt the lawns of suburban St. Louis. Then the workers go back home.
That system, while not particularly easy (or cheap), worked just fine for Ramos until last fall, Howard says. That’s when Howard says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch bungled a key part of his application — and, in the process, cost him virtually”
Yeah, the Post screwed up b running his ad for 1 not 2 days but I find it VERY difficult to believe he couldn’t find anybody in St. Louis willing to work for $14.52 plus overtime considering minimum wage is less than $10. Legally hiring migrant workers from his native country? He was hiring family.
Post-Dispatch Fumble Destroyed Family Business, Lawsuit Alleges
More than a decade ago, Wilian Ramos immigrated to the U.S. from Guatemala. He jumped through all the necessary hoops — he’s currently a naturalized…