Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Oh The Irony!

A report was filed by National Public Radio in mid-December which would be funny if it weren't so infuriating. It's just another indication of how screwed up government can be.

The Golden State Fence Company's work included millions of dollars worth of fencing around homes, offices, and military bases and constructing part of the border fence between San Diego and Mexico. Apparently the company in Southern California ended up paying almost $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants! Two executives from the company may also serve jail time. The company's president and one of its Southern California managers will pay fines totaling $300,000. Golden State Fence's attorney, Richard Hirsch, admitted that his client broke the law, and to top it off he said that the case proves that construction companies need a guest-worker program.

Yeah, well how about hiring US citizens or people who have proper documentation? There are plenty of people who are unemployed who can do that sort of work. One just has to look at the huge lines of people applying for the jobs at Swift meat packing plants after the illegal alien employees there were caught and carted away.

The thing is that an immigration check way back in 1999 found undocumented workers on Golden State's payroll and they promised to take care of the problem. Fast forward to 2004 and 2005 when follow-up checks were done, and BINGO: some of the same illegal workers were still on the job! In fact, U-S Attorney Carol Lam said that about a third of the company's 750 workers may have been here in the US illegally.

One would think that before the US government contracts with a company that they would at least do a thorough check to see if the companies they are dealing with hire people who are here legally, especially if they are using these companies to build the very fences to keep illegals out!

I think that companies ought to be punished for hiring illegal aliens. I am glad Golden State got heavily fined. If there are no jobs available for illegals, then they will not come here. We wouldn't need a fence.

1 comment:

Dana said...

btw, we do have a "guest worker" program which works quite well if you are willing to follow the law. If you have a position open and have been advertising for a certain amount of time, you can help an immigrant get a VISA to work for you. There is no reason that construction companies and others which have historically had a difficult time finding employees couldn't explore this legal option, if there truly is no one else to do the job.

We looked into this as an option at a place I worked (although not terribly seriously).