Jim Kirwan spent two years in Mexico trying to bring his wife to America legally. He was finally able to bring his family back home, but not without much hassle and hard work along the way.
That's why it's a sensitive issue to him when he sees countless illegal workers throughout bay county.
Jim Kirwan said, "I see all the contractors in this area, totally all the contractors in the area, hiring illegal workers."
Kirwan has written e-mails to senators, the House of Representatives, and finally to his local representatives, but he says there has been no response to his one request. Now he's asking the county commission to include a clause in its construction contracts that forbids hiring illegal alien workers.
The county is spending millions of dollars to revamp the 11th Street shopping area, making it into a county office square. Many projects are scheduled to go up soon, including the CCA jail expansion. But county officials assure us there will be no illegal aliens working these upcoming projects.
George Gainer, Bay County Commissioner, said, "We're building jails to put people who do illegal things inside of that jail. We might as well hire the inmates to do it, if we're just going to let illegal people come in here and build the jail or any other project in Bay County."
In the meantime, commissioners assure us that Florida state law prohibits any hiring of illegal aliens for any government projects.