Saturday, November 19, 2005

Wal-Mart in trouble again over illegal aliens

Yahoo News (AP)
100 Arrested at Wal-Mart Construction Site

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Federal immigration agents detained more than 100 workers at a construction site for a new Wal-Mart distribution center, said Department of Homeland security spokesperson Marc Raimondi.

More than 50 federal immigration agents, joined by the US Labor Department, Social Security Administration and state police raided the construction site near Pottsville, about 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

"We have written contracts with the subcontractors requiring that they follow all applicable local, state and federal employment laws" said Wal-Mart's spokesman Marty Heires and that the company would cooperate with federal authorities.

In 2003, a raid of 60 Wal-Mart stores in 21 states led to the arrest of 245 illegal workers.

This is a very good question of who is responsible for what.

If the contractor signed an agreement that it will follow state and local laws, and that relieves Wal-Mart that any liability because the burden is on the construction company.

Perhaps a better approach would be that when a construction company KNOWINGLY hires a bunch of illegal aliens, that the owner of the construction company should risk facing criminal charges for aiding and abetting a criminal and in addition, there should be a full audit of the rest of their employees.

My point is when an employer breaks the law such as hiring a crew of illegal aliens, that the word to get out so that other companies that are legitimate do not hire these companies again.


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