Advocate Newspaper Harassment
Benjamin Landry, brother of Jeff Landry, explains the harassment he and others have received from the Advocate newspaper, including the peering in windows of private homes.
NOTES ON THE MISLEADING ADVOCATE “NEWS” STORY:
1. Jeff Landry has – and always will – oppose illegal immigration. He is a national leader fighting ILLEGAL immigration. He will not allow liberals to blur the lines between legal and illegal.
2. Jeff Landry’s income and owned businesses are public information. They are detailed on the Louisiana Ethics Administration website. The H2-B process is entirely public, including those who apply. The fraudulent Texas companies misdeeds and the owner’s conviction is public. The liens Benjamin Landry filed as a result of the Texas company’s fraudulent actions are public with the Louisiana courts. Jeff Landry did not hide any information, nor could he. It is all public.
3. As Benjamin notes, Jeff has owned and operated many businesses over many years, long before he ever ran for public office.
4. Jeff’s businesses have created more than 3,500 domestic worker jobs over the last 10 years, both temporary and full-time jobs. Thousands of jobs for Louisiana workers.
5. Evergreen Contractors, Jeff’s company under the direction of its employee leaders, contracted only one time with the Texas company noted in the Advocate story. Evergreen was approached to do this work. There was no longstanding business relationship with the Texas company.
6. As Benjamin states in the video he blew the whistle on the Texas company. Benjamin spent a tremendous amount of time and money fighting the Texas business over their fraudulent business practices. Not long into their their project with this Texas company did Benjamin Landry get suspicious of their actions. He blew the whistle.
7. Benjamin Landry’s work blowing the whistle on the Texas company got them entirely removed from the project in Louisiana.
8. When a leader at Landry’s business was contacted by federal government authorities over suspicions about the Texas company, Landry’s team readily – and happily – agreed to share information which could assist. The Texas company’s owner was later convicted and sent to jail.
9. The Landry businesses did have prior experience with welding. Any suggestion in the Advocate article that this is not the case is false.
10. Evergreen Contractors, Jeff’s company, did NOT rely on the Texas company to process H2-B legal filings. The companies worked with PHELPS, a well known and respected major law firm with expertise in this area and with offices in Louisiana.
11. The H2-B TEMPORARY jobs were first advertised in Louisiana so that local workers could fill them first, as required by the law.
12. Landry companies also had U.S. workers engaged on this project including as a supervisors and leaders.
13. The H2-B workers were paid prevailing wages, in some cases over the prevailing wage. This was about finding temporary help to complete this major project, critical to permanent jobs in Louisiana for U.S. workers. Any suggestion otherwise in the Advocate article is false.
14. The Advocate’s story and headline are intentionally misleading.