Thursday, September 17, 2009

Employer pays almost $1/2 million fine for hiring undocumented workers

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency that investigates and enforces immigration matters, issued a press release confirming that a southwest Missouri poultry-processing plant where 136 illegal alien workers were arrested in 2007, paid a $450,000 fine last week.

George’s Processing Inc., paid the fine as part of a settlement agreement, according to the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 137 illegal alien workers in May 2007 at the firm’s poultry-processing plant near Cassville. The workers included 28 who were criminally prosecuted for various immigration violations, including falsely claiming U.S. citizenship. Two of the company’s hiring personnel were convicted of harboring illegal aliens and inducing illegal aliens to remain in the U.S.

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