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Firm Hired Illegals To Build Border Fence

From the Washington Times:

Fence firm hired illegals

By Jerry Seper
March 30, 2007

The head of a California company hired by the U.S. government to help build a fence along the Southwest border to curb the flow of illegal aliens into the United States has been sentenced on charges of hiring illegals for the job.

Mel Kay Jr., 64, founder, chairman and president of the Golden State Fence Co., pleaded guilty in December in federal court in San Diego to felony charges of hiring the illegals and was sentenced Wednesday to six months home confinement, three months probation and 1,040 hours of community service.

Michael McLaughlin, 42, manager of the company’s Oceanside, Calif., office, who also pleaded guilty in December to charges of hiring illegals, was sentenced to six months home confinement.

U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz in San Diego also ordered Kay to pay a $200,000 fine as part of a plea agreement, while McLaughlin was fined $100,000.

“Prosecution is long overdue in this area,” Judge Moskowitz said at sentencing. “Honestly, the government’s efforts have been at the border, not with the employer. Obviously, the government has signaled a change with this case.”

Judge Moskowitz, in explaining his decision not to impose a possible maximum sentence of five years in prison, said a company “that pays top dollar and did not get a competitive advantage, should receive different treatment.”

He said the court could not ignore the background of “hardworking people who treated others fairly. Contrary to the vast majority of people who hire illegal immigrants, there was no abuse [here].”

The company, which built more than a mile of a 15-foot-high fence near the Otay Mesa border crossing in the San Diego area to protect against illegal immigration, agreed separately to pay $5 million on a misdemeanor count — one of the largest penalties ever imposed on an employer for immigration violations…

Well, it’s comforting to see that this company was given leniency because they paid their illegal aliens top dollar.

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