Going after Employers of Illegals

21 12 2006

Cross Posted by Morning Coffee

This article describes something that is all to rare in efforts to efforts to curb illegal immigration. Criminal Prosecution of those who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. To be effective in addressing illegal immigration we have to not only make it harder for illegals to cross the border, but we also have to reduce the incentive for them to come here to begin with.  

The only honest way to combat illegal immigration 

SAN DIEGO — Christmas came early for those of us who believe that the only honest way to combat illegal immigration is to bring criminal charges against the employers who hire illegal immigrants.

That’s what happened recently in a case involving Golden State Fence Co., a Southern California-based company that has built fences on the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants. The company and two of its executives recently pled guilty in U.S. District Court to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants in violation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

Perfect. And don’t kid yourself. This doesn’t seem to be a case of a well-meaning employer who tried to do the right thing but couldn’t tell a fake ID from a real one. According to federal investigators, Golden State Fence Co. had repeatedly been warned not to hire illegal immigrants but did so anyway. The company even rehired some workers after being told not to because the workers were here illegally.

How brazen. It’s as if company officials either didn’t care about the law or perhaps never thought they’d get caught. Now that they have worked out a plea agreement with the government, the company and top executives have openly admitted to repeatedly hiring illegal workers between January 1999 and November 2005.

During roughly the same time period, Golden State Fence Co. — which now employs about 750 people — enjoyed a boom in business. According to The Associated Press, sales for the company went from $60 million in 1998 to $150 million in 2004.

As part of the plea, the company agreed to pay a penalty of $4.7 million. In addition, Mel Kay, company founder, chairman and president, will hand over $200,000, and office manager Michael McLaughlin agreed to pay $100,000.

The charges also call for potential jail time, anywhere from six months to five years, for the two executives. Sentencing is set for March 28.

Michael Williams said it best.

Building fences to keep out illegal immigrants won’t work unless we also go after the companies that employ them. As long as there are jobs and government benefits to be had, people will find a way to come get them.

Some other recent CAII Posts on similar topics:

InMuscatine provides some more information about going after the employers of illegal immigrants, as Judicial Watch files FOIA lawsuit to seeking documents identifying the top 100 corporations in the United States receiving the highest number of “no match” letters from the Social Security Administration.

Leaning Straight up Points out that while no criminal charges have been filed against Swift company executives as of yet, there is a civil suit pending aginst them brought by former employees who claim that the Swift company favored illegal workers to lower wage costs.   

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.





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