August 29, 2006, - 9:58 am

Wal-Mart & Illegals: 1st, ICE Let’s Them Off the Hook; Now It’s Judge Greenaway

By Debbie Schlussel
Wal-Mart is notorious for employing illegal aliens. And getting away with it.
Last year, we detailed how Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) knew that Wal-Mart knowingly forced contractors to hire illegal aliens as janitors in Wal-Mart stores, to keep costs down. Top Wal-Mart executives were caught on surveillance tape pressuring the contractors to hire only illegals and not to replace them with legal workers. But ICE didn’t do anything about it. They allowed Wal-Mart pay a few million (a drop in the bucket) and let them off the hook.
Later, Wal-Mart was again caught using contractors who hire illegal aliens to build Wal-Mart stores. Yet, again, ICE let Wal-Mart off the hook.

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Judge Joseph A. Greenaway:

Wal-Mart’s New Savior Looks the Other Way on Illegal Aliens

Now, U.S. District Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. of Newark, New Jersey–a Bill Clinton appointee–is letting Wal-Mart off the hook. A group of illegal alien janitors sued Wal-Mart in federal court saying Wal-Mart knowingly hired illegal aliens, forced them into involuntary servitude, and consipired with contractors to launder money. Transcripts of tapes in ICE’s possession and excerpted, last year, in the Wall Street Journal and a number of Arkansas papers, back up the claims in the lawsuit 100%. But Judge Greenaway doesn’t give a whit. Instead, yesterday, he ruled the aliens have inadequate proof to support these claims, and dismissed the important civil racketeering claims in the suit.
As a result of Judge Greenaway’s boneheaded decision, shares of Wal-Mart stock went up 55 cents a share, yesterday.
Although we are 100% against extending illegal aliens most rights that Americans have, we do support their right to sue employers because it is the only thing that keeps employers honest and gives them an incentive to hire legal American workers. ICE’s workplace enforcement is barely there. After the wimper of show arrests in April, May, and June, we haven’t seen much. And that has everything to do with the fact that Senate immigration legislation, containing a guest worker/illegal alien amnesty program, is DOA.
Jeers to Judge Greenaway for letting Wal-Mart, yet again, get away with employing illegal aliens. Double Jeers to ICE for never doing anything to Wal-Mart about it, either.
Talk about a company having nine lives in violating immigration laws. Wal-Mart is it.
More details on Judge Greenaway letting Wal-Mart off the hook from Bloomberg News Service.

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7 Responses

Isn’t it funny that the reason LIBERALS hate Wal-Mart is because it doesn’t give its employees better health care benefits for part time workers? That’s their bug-a-boo. Forget about the fact that they hire all these illegals – THAT doesn’t bother them.

Thee_Bruno on August 29, 2006 at 10:45 am

Don’t know if I agree about letting illegal aliens sue employers (sounds crazy) but I think you might be right since the Govt. won’t do anything to the employers. This COULD be a way to “kill” two birds with one stone i.e. get the employer and the illegal alien at the same time.
But then, they wouldn’t do that either would they?

Phoenix on August 29, 2006 at 11:02 am

What’s even funnier? We scream. yell asnd complain about illegals but according to Deb:

August 29, 2006
Wal-Mart & Illegals: 1st, ICE Let’s Them Off the Hook; Now It’s Judge Greenaway
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By Debbie Schlussel
Wal-Mart is notorious for employing illegal aliens. And getting away with it.”
Shut down Disneyland and the illegals go home. No jobs, no money no illegal. Don’t just blame the illegals, go after the businesses who do hire illegals. Not just ma and pop stores but the Wal-Marts.

KOAJaps on August 29, 2006 at 5:47 pm

And what about Tyson Foods? Here in Missouri in the town of Sedalia where Tyson has a packing house, the town in which the Missouri State Fair is held, is now inundated with Illegals because of the hundreds employed by Tyson.
So much so, that the local Walmart Superstore in Sedalia has entire sections of the store catering to no one other than the Illegal Hispanic Community.
None of the other Walmarts in a 50 mile radius of Sedalia have “special hispanic” sections in their stores, but then, those communities don’t have Tyson Foods (great employer to the illegals).
Sedalia, Missouri is now being referred to as “That little town south of the border!”
Go Figure!

Bark'n on August 29, 2006 at 9:03 pm

Btw… I urge everyone to check out their own Walmarts and observe just how much meat products are from Tyson’s. They are not just “Chicken” anymore, they are now in the “Pork” industry as well.

Bark'n on August 29, 2006 at 9:12 pm

This is exactly why legacy Customs agents, like myself, have complained so bitterly about the merger between Customs and the legacy INS.
In the final analysis, NO ONE in ICE or in the judiciary (from the AUSAs to the main DOJ to the U.S. Courts) gives a rat’s behind about immigration cases: They are too politically sensitive to either the electorate or big business for anyone to want to touch them, so why bother?
On the other hand, you don’t hear any hemming or hawing about throwing the book at someone for drugs, money laundering, weapons or kiddie porn. So, why waste the time, talent and resources of legacy Customs agents who used to do EXACTLY that kind of work, the work that got RESULTS, instead of half-hearted endorsements from the public (“Oh, let the poor undocumented worker go, he/she is just trying to earn a dollar for his/her poor, hungry family in _______”) or the judiciary (“We can’t bankrupt big business – it’s bad for America”)?
Disgusting, that’s what it is. This article speaks for itself, and I challenge anyone to tell me or any of my legacy Customs colleagues that we are “out of line” here for wanting to bail out of this loser of an agency.
YOU DO HAVE A GOOD POINT. THESE PEOPLE (THE HIGHER UPS, THE JUSTICE DEPT. & THE BUSH ADMIN.) REALLY DON’T CARE ABOUT ENFORCING IMMIGRATION LAWS. STILL, I WISH THEY WOULD TRY. THE WHOLE MERGER WAS THE DUMBEST REORGANIZATION EVER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

4EVERCUSTOMS on August 30, 2006 at 8:26 pm

“YOU DO HAVE A GOOD POINT. THESE PEOPLE (THE HIGHER UPS, THE JUSTICE DEPT. & THE BUSH ADMIN.) REALLY DON’T CARE ABOUT ENFORCING IMMIGRATION LAWS. STILL, I WISH THEY WOULD TRY. THE WHOLE MERGER WAS THE DUMBEST REORGANIZATION EVER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL”
They won’t Deb. You get cheap labor, no workmenscomp insurance and no bennies. you think the Bush admin want to stop this? Hell no! And they furthered it with NAFTA, CAFTA and the Guest Workers Permit

KOAJaps on August 30, 2006 at 8:52 pm

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