Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Illiegal immigrants helping build the border fence

Doesn't get much more ironic than that...

[ed. note - I actually had this post ready last Friday, just never got around to posting it. My bad...]

SAN DIEGO -- A Southern California fence-building company and two executives pleaded guilty Thursday to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and agreed to pay a combined penalty of $5 million. The executives could also go to prison.

The penalty is one of the biggest fines ever imposed in an immigration case, and the case represents a rare instance in which prosecutors brought criminal charges over the hiring of illegal immigrants.

Golden State Fence Co. will pay $4.7 million. Mel Kay, 64, the company's founder, chairman and president, will forfeit $200,000, and Michael McLaughlin, 42, a manager in the company's Oceanside office, will pay $100,000.

Illegal immigrants building a fence to keep illegal immigrants out of US...

I guess you really can hire illegals for any job... literally... any job.

What the article doesn't mention is that this is the fourth time this company has been cited for hiring illegal immigrants, so I'm not sure what's worse... that the company had to be fined 4 times or that the government hired them knowing they already been fined 3 other times.

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