Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Border Fence built by undocumented immigrants

In what seems like a complete oxymoron, the Californian company contracted to build a fence between the US and Mexico, ostensibly to prevent the crossing over of undocumented immigrants between San Diego and Tiajuana -- was forced to pay a $5 million dollar fine for using undocumented labor.

Somehow I don't think this is what Tom Tancredo-types had in mind when they voted to build a border fence. LAist say: "The Golden State Fence Company will not only pay a major fine, but two of its executives will have to serve jail time for the hirings.

The company's attorney stated that this all goes to show that the country needs to adopt a robust guest-worker program."

This simply encapsulates the longstanding attitude of US companies towards undocumented labor: do our dirty work, and then go away.

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