After reading the following article, I feel just a little bit more hopeful. Maybe, just maybe, justice will be served. It would be a good start. Enough cases like this might mean fewer jobs for our illegals, and that might start a migration South! Does anyone else have dreams of a 20 million man march headed south?
JACKSON, Miss. -- The human resources manager for Howard Industries, Inc. has been indicted and accused of hiring illegal aliens at the Laurel, Miss., plant.
Jose Humberto Gonzalez was charged in a 25-count indictment of conspiracy and employee verification fraud in connection with the employment of illegal aliens at the transformer manufacturing facility.
Gonzalez made his initial appearance Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker at the federal courthouse in Hattiesburg.
Gonzalez's indictment followed an immigration sweep of the Laurel plant in August 2008. At least 595 illegal aliens were arrested during the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's largest workplace enforcement action in U.S. history.
"ICE aggressively targets employers who egregiously violate immigration laws by knowingly employing an illegal alien workforce," said Michael A. Holt, special agent-in-charge of ICE's Office of Investigations in New Orleans. "This indictment demonstrates firsthand how ICE agents use our investigative tools to pursue those who take advantage of illegal labor for personal profit."
Of those arrested, nine faced criminal charges with aggravated identity theft and pleaded guilty to federal identity fraud charge.
If convicted, Gonzalez will face a maximum of five years in prison on each count and a maximum fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release for each count.
I guess I would be satisified to see him get the max term served concurrently, meaning a total of 5 years, and for the company to have to pay the fine. Maybe that would make a few other criminal hirers think twice about how serious we view their antics. While perusing the companies website, I had to laugh when I read this crap, and I knew you all would get a kick out of it too:
Howard Industries is an equal opportunity employer. Howard Industries complies with all Federal and State laws governing labor. The company has developed an Affirmative Action Program to ensure equal employment opportunity.