(Via Midtopia) All Things Considered ran this ironic story Thursday:
A fence-building company in Southern California agrees to pay nearly $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants. Two executives from the company may also serve jail time. The Golden State Fence Company’s work includes some of the border fence between San Diego and Mexico.[…]
Golden State Fence’s attorney, Richard Hirsch, admits his client broke the law. But he says the case proves that construction companies need a guest-worker program.
The fact that there is demand for undocumented workers in the states, and that there have been some agricultural labor shortages reported in the past couple of years does, I think, support the idea that some rationalization ot our immigration policy is in order.
However, I also can’t help but notice the incongruity of those labor shortages / demand for undocumented laborers, with the reports of chronic unemployment in certain communities…..