In August 2008, the Howard Industries electrical plant in Laurel, Mississippi, was raided by ICE and more than 600 illegal aliens were arrested. Last week, the company pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate America's immigration laws in connection to this raid.
On August 27, 2008, we ran a story about ICE's enforcement action:
The Howard Industries plant in Laurel produces electrical transformers. Late yesterday afternoon, the suspected illegal workers were placed into unmarked white vans and transported for processing and possible arrest.
Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for ICE, said, "This is a targeted enforcement operation that is part of an ongoing ICE investigation that has revealed that illegal aliens are employed at Howard Industries." However, a Howard Industries statement released subsequent to the raid stated, "Howard Industries runs every check allowed to ascertain the immigration status of all applicants for jobs.... It is company policy that it hires only U.S. citizens and legal immigrants."
And only two weeks later, we ran a story showing that America's were queuing up to fill the jobs formerly held by illegal aliens. Despite what pro-illegal worker advocates may say, these are not jobs American's won't do; these are jobs that Americans will do.
While Howard Industries claimed at the time that it was not company policy to hire illegal times, their plea in U.S. District Court proves their 2008 statement out to be false. The company said it was pleased to resolve the case " based on the actions of its former human resources manager Jose Humberto Gonzalez" and that illegal aliens used false documents to "circumvent the numerous identification checks" used by the company. However, prosecutors said the company knowingly hired illegal aliens and even ignored the status of illegal workers after the Social Security Administration had told the company that some of the Social Security numbers used by employees were not valid.
U.S. Attorney John M. Dowdy Jr. said, "the unlawful actions by companies like Howard Industries in this case contribute significantly to the problem of illegal immigration in the United States," took jobs away from American citizens who needed them, and encouraged illegal immigration.
Click here to read more about the court case.
Updated: Thu, Jun 15th 2017 @ 4:23pm EDT