The company which built much of the U.S. border fence in San Diego, Calif., agreed to pay $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants.
Two executives from Golden State Fence may also face jail time in the case.
Attorneys for the company told National Public Radio that the case proves the need for a guest-worker program.
After an immigration check in 1999 found undocumented workers on its payroll, Golden State promised to clean house. But when followup checks were made in 2004 and 2005, some of those same illegal workers were still on the job. In fact, U.S. Attorney Carol Lam says as many as a third of the company’s 750 workers may have been in the country illegally.
Golden State Fence built millions of dollars’ worth of fencing around homes, offices, and military bases. Its president and one of its Southern California managers will pay fines totaling $300,000. The government is also recommending jail time for Melvin Kay and Michael McLaughlin, probably about six months. — National Public Radio
Let me get this straight. American workers didn’t want to build a border fence, so they had to hire illegal immigrants to do it. And by all accounts (PDF) the illegal immigrants did indeed build a proper fence, which pushed illegal immigration out to the more dangerous desert areas.
Makes you wonder just who benefits from a border fence, anyway. Perhaps it’s the illegal immigrants?