whatever state that is
So if you are serious, come to NJ. But good luck finding a job and better luck getting hooked up into the "clan". You and I are the wrong . . . let's say orientation at birth, so we are not privy to these types of arrangements. Besides, I woudn't work for anyone perpetrating theft. I have enough of that just wangling with tech contractors who are akin to overseers in this day and age.
these scenarios happen in connected areas of immigrants like NJ, Illinois, Brooklyn, New York, Buffalo, Michigan every day of the week especially during the building boom.
A guy who runs a construction proprietorship is probably happy to pay that rate if he gets a certain quota for completing the project early. He makes a bunch of money on materials (whatever is left over and whatever "goes missing"). He is not paying tax nor benefits, doesn't maintain insurance, doesn't pay employer taxes. Additionally there is goodwill factor that someone will refer him and his crew to do another project.
I know what those people spent and what they had -- and what they left with. I know the guy was making $1500 min a week before they went back. once in a while in winter, he would not be working but doing side jobs. They didn't even get issued a green card.
I am in the same situation as you. My first job was 35 years ago and I have always been in the workforce. I was offered $6-$700 a month temporary assistance when my back was out. I had to show every iota of my financial situation and pay for a copy of my birth certificate (even though I had a ss card) to present to the state benefit intake.