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OKAY, I know the topic has been discussed here before, but I found it interesting that yesterday the authorities raided a rather large manufacturer in south Mississippi and rounded up 650 workers who are illegal immigrants. This is reported to be the largest bust of its kind. Of course the advocacy groups for the protection of illegal immigrants are coming out of the woodworks.

I believe that this hiring practice is a fair representation of what companies all across the country will do to save a dollar at the expense of hiring its own legal citizens. This company makes lighting, lighting ballasts, and some medical equipment, not some job(s) that other people don't want to do.

I would like to think that this is a wake-up call to other companies, not only in the lawn care business but other sectors, but I'm probably dreaming!
 

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Good point.

Big bust up this way in northern Iowa a few months back too.
To me, illegal means what it means, you have to follow the rules folks.
 

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Thats a LOT of illegals. I wonder what the fine will be to the company?
I bet no one gets the max.

Penalties for Employing Undocumented Workers

With today’s complex immigration and labor laws, an employer with foreign workers must be careful to avoid violating immigration and anti-discrimination laws at all stages of the employer/employee relationship. Issues regarding immigration and anti-discrimination laws can occur during the hiring period, the employment phase, and at termination. For example, if a worker presents a temporary work authorization document from the Immigration Service at the time the worker is hired, the employer must not only make a good faith effort to verify the legitimacy of the document, but also re-verify the employee’s work authorization at the time the initial authorization expires.

There are civil and criminal penalties for hiring illegal aliens. Sec. 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and 8 U.S.C. 1324a, makes it unlawful for any person knowingly to hire, recruit or refer for a fee any alien not authorized to work. An employer that violates these laws can face penalties of:

· $250 to $2,000 fine for each unauthorized individual;

· $2,000 to $5,000 for each employee if the employer has previously been in violation; or

· $3,000 to $10,000 for each individual if the employer was subject to more than one cease and desist order.

The employer could also be fined $100 to $1,000 for each individual “paperwork” violation.

The criminal penalties for a pattern and practice violation can be up to $3,000 for each unauthorized alien, imprisonment up to six months, or both.
 

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There would not be very many illegals working here if they made able body welfare recipients work for their check.... But oh no it is against their constitutional right to force them to work.I had to take a piss test to get my job.It is against their rights to have to take a random piss test to get a check.GGGRRRRRR..
 

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Ohio has gotten very strict on illegal imigrant enforcement.
In Cincinnati a housing builder went to jail for hiring illegals.
Here in Wilmington they eleminated the illegals from Airborne/DHL airport and closed down the Garcia employment agency.
A company I mow for has eleminated all of their "under-documented" immigrant workers. Their presence at the plant seems to have gone from nearly 100% to about 1 in 20. They hire thousands of people.
 

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There would not be very many illegals working here if they made able body welfare recipients work for their check.... But oh no it is against their constitutional right to force them to work.I had to take a piss test to get my job.It is against their rights to have to take a random piss test to get a check.GGGRRRRRR..
Yeah, what's up with that? Shouldn't all welfare recipients have to pass some type of drug test?
 

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I think they ought to implant GPS chips in their body and track these illegals after deportation.
 

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For anyone that does or does not think that illegal immigration is affecting their life/business/income/taxes/schools/etc.
This was part of an e-mail that I received recently.

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens
each year by state governments. Verify at: http://tinyurl.com/zob77
2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs
such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://www.cis..org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://www.cis..org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html
4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school
education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html
5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the
American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
Verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare &
social services by the American taxpayers. Verify at:
http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html
9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused
by the illegal aliens. Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
1 0. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate
that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular,
their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html 11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens
that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens
from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and mariju ana, crossed into the U. S from the Souther n border.
Verify at: Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht
12. The National Policy Institute, 'estimated that the total
cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.'
Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf
13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances
back to their countries of origin.
Verify at: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm
14. 'The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million
Sex Crimes Comm itted by Illegal Immigrants In The United States.'
Verify at: http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml
The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
Why are we THAT stupid?
 

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Your going to make me throw up with those numbers. And to think I struggle to support my family at times, looking for work, finding it and working my ass off. Then you have illegals using everything I'm paying into that was put there for the tax payers which would include me. Makes me want to go, postal.
 

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Kind of long but here's the article.

Laurel, Miss. – The largest single-workplace immigration raid in U.S. history has caused panic among Hispanic families in this small southern Mississippi town, where federal agents rounded up nearly 600 plant workers suspected of being in the country illegally.

One worker caught in Monday's sweep at the Howard Industries transformer plant said fellow workers applauded as immigrants were taken into custody. Federal officials said a tip from a union member prompted them to start investigating several years ago.

Fabiola Pena, 21, cradled her 2-year-old daughter as she described a chaotic scene at the plant as the raid began, followed by clapping.

"I was crying the whole time. I didn't know what to do," Pena said. "We didn't know what was happening because everyone started running. Some people thought it was a bomb but then we figured out it was immigration."

About 100 of the 595 detained workers were released for humanitarian reasons, many of them mothers who were fitted with electronic monitoring bracelets and allowed to go home to their children, officials said.

About 475 other workers were transferred to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Jena, La. Nine who were under 18 were transferred to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

John Foxworth, an attorney representing some of the immigrants, said eight appeared in federal court in Hattiesburg on Tuesday because they face criminal charges for allegedly using false Social Security and residency identification.

He said the raid was traumatic for families.

"There was no communication, an immediate loss of any kind of news and a lack of understanding of what's happening to their loved ones," he said. "A complete and utter feeling of helplessness."

The superintendent of the county school district said about half of approximately 160 Hispanic students were absent Tuesday.

Roberto Velez, pastor at Iglesia Cristiana Peniel, where an estimated 30 to 40 percent of the 200 parishioners were caught up in the raid, said parents were afraid immigration officials would take them.

"They didn't send their kids to school today," he said. "How scared is that?"

Those detained were from Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and Peru, said Barbara Gonzalez, an I.C.E. spokeswoman.

Elizabeth Alegria, 26, a Mexican immigrant, was working at the plant Monday when I.C.E. agents stormed in. When they found out she has two sons, ages 4 and 9, she was fitted with a bracelet and told to appear in federal court next month. Her husband, Andres, was not so lucky.

"I'm very traumatized because I don't know if they are going to let my husband go and when I will see him," Elizabeth Alegria said through a translator Tuesday as she returned to the Howard Industries parking lot to retrieve her sport utility vehicle.

"We have kids without dads and pregnant mothers who got their husbands taken away," said Velez's son, Robert, youth pastor at the church. "It was like a horror story. They got handled like they were criminals."

Howard Industries is in Mississippi's Pine Belt region, known for commercial timber growth and chicken processing plants. The tech company produces dozens of products ranging from electrical transformers to medical supplies, according to its Web site.

Gonzalez said agents had executed search warrants at both the plant and the company headquarters in nearby Ellisville. She said no company executives had been detained, but this is an "ongoing investigation and yesterday's action was just the first part."

A woman at the Ellisville headquarters told The Associated Press on Tuesday that no one was available to answer questions.

In a statement to the Laurel Leader-Call newspaper, Howard Industries said the company "runs every check allowed to ascertain the immigration status of all applicants for its jobs."

"It is company policy that it hires only U.S. citizens and legal immigrants," the statement said.

Gov. Haley Barbour recently signed a law requiring Mississippi employers to use a U.S. Homeland Security system to check new workers' immigration status.

The law took effect July 1 for businesses with state contracts and takes effect Jan. 1 for other businesses. Mississippi lawmakers once used laptops made by Howard Industries, but it's not clear whether the company has current state contracts.

Under the law, a company found guilty of employing illegal immigrants could lose public contracts for three years and the right to do business in Mississippi for one year.

The law also makes it a felony for an illegal immigrant to accept a job in Mississippi. A message was left with the district attorney's office after hours seeking comment on whether he would use the law to bring state charges against Howard Industries or the workers.
 

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A good example, I go 4 wheeling up in the PA state forest. I have to drive through a few small towns that are in the middle of nowhere. As I'm driving through, I look around and all I see are mexican's at every street corner, driving by in cars, walking into stores, working on houses, you name it, they are there doing it. It's vary rare I see a white or black person in the town. I'd bet that more then 3/4 of the town is illegal mexican's. Matter of fact, I see it in EVERY town I drive through or I'm in. It really makes me sick.
 

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The U.s Should Bill The Mexican Goverment For Any And All Deportation Expenses And Also Fine Them With Trade Suspension. There Goverment Needs To Police There Own People Just Like We Do.
 

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We have kids without dads and pregnant mothers who got their husbands taken away," said Velez's son, Robert, youth pastor at the church. "It was like a horror story. They got handled like they were criminals."
LOL....
THEY ARE CRIMINALS

YOU KNEW THE RISKS WHEN YOU JUMPED THE FENCE. No pitty here.....
 

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I'm very traumatized because I don't know if they are going to let my husband go and when I will see him," Elizabeth Alegria said through a translator Tuesday as she returned to the Howard Industries parking lot to retrieve her sport utility vehicle.

Through a translator, LOL They can't even speak english. Maybe she should drive her SUV back to where she came from! Give a inch and they take the country. It's pretty sad that we have to spell everything out in spanish on all of the products today so they can know what their buying. Do it legal, learn the english language and pay like everyone else.
 
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