September 4, 2010, - 8:53 pm

“Labor Day”: Obama Used Illegal Aliens to Clean The “Other” Oil Spill

By Debbie Schlussel

**  bumped up from 09/03/10 @ 5:36 p.m. **

While, for months, you heard about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, you probably haven’t heard much about the one in mid-Michigan, which happened in July.  What I find interesting–no, outrageous!–is that while Michigan has a near-15% unemployment rate, the jobs cleaning up the spill that sent 820,000 gallons into a Kalamazoo River tributary went to  . . . illegal aliens.


Sorry, but I just don’t buy that cleaning up oil spills is “the work that Americans won’t do.”  In fact, I know plenty of hungry, desperate, able-bodied Michigan men who would have loved a job like that.  But they weren’t hired by Phillip Hallmark and Hallmark Industrial.  Nope, that guy wanted work on the cheap.  And so did, apparently, Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency, which oversaw the spill clean-up. It’s nauseating.  Some oversight. The people of Michigan are victimized once by the oil spill.  Then, they are victimized a second time when the clean-up jobs go to those who are here illegally and living off of the benefits and services funded by those who are here legally and break their backs, hoping to get jobs like these.  It’s ironic, as we approach Labor Day, that actually the major labor unions in America protect this kind of job predation by illegals, and it’s part of the death of those unions.

A group of 42 people believed to have taken part in the cleanup of the July oil spill in mid-Michigan were in federal custody in Houston on Thursday, accused of being in the U.S. illegally.

They are in the process of being deported, said Carl Rusnok, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On Wednesday, the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department was contacted about two buses unloading workers in Winnie, a small city east of Houston. Of 59 initially detained, 42 were found to be lacking proper identification, Sheriff Joe LaRive said.

LaRive said the buses were from Michigan and had been chartered by Phillip Hallmark, who runs Hallmark Industrial. The company had been a subcontractor on the cleanup of the spill along Enbridge Energy Partners’ Line 6B near Marshall, until it was dismissed this week.

The line ruptured in late July, sending about 820,000 gallons of crude oil into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.

LaRive said about 40 people from the buses got away. He said that although he doesn’t have independent knowledge that the people were working on the spill, given that the buses were from Michigan and Hallmark had been a subcontractor, he could “surmise they were the workers” on the spill.

These contractors had to know these men were here illegally, since they were lacking the proper paperwork (and probably had foreign accents if they could speak English at all). We’re talking about 82 people, if you include the 40 people who got away. That’s quite a few illegals. They had to know that these were not people here legally and working here legally.

But watch. The companies will get away with it because Barack Obama has ended workplace enforcement operations. Bush, to his credit, at least did do a decent amount of workplace enforcement, even if he was an amnesty advocate. Barack Obama and J-No ended it. And, again, you can also blame Obama’s EPA, which, as I noted, apparently didn’t care enough to insist on the employment of American workers for the job. Think about that on Monday, when you hear of Barack Obama praising America’s labor, er . . . labor unions.

America, Desperate, But NOT Serious.

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36 Responses

Okay seriously… I am not complaining, just explaining… I am 50 years old, female, have been laid off in the state of MI for 18 mths..Finding full time work is a full time job and believe me I am up to the challenge. This is the first time in my life I have been on unemployment..(good news is I am beginning to finally get calls for interviews) I know good people that are laid off… there is no way in hell that the people in MI would not do that job…..The people would have lined up to clean up that mess… This country is sick with the political BS.

sharon on September 3, 2010 at 11:13 pm

If the gov’t was really concerned about illegals working on the taxpayers dime, all they need to do is verify the status of the people working for them on stimulus funded projects. I see construction sites all of the time with signs boasting that they are being funded by stimulus money, I mean the theft of the American taxpayers money, and who does it look like they employ? Here in SoCal I don’t see a proportionate amount of white people doing these jobs. Just sayin….

Jarhead on September 4, 2010 at 9:53 am

The Gubmint has no interest in curbing illegal immigration.

If you were mad under GWB, you’re prolly bald now due to pulling out your hair with Zero at the helm. And Eric Holder being his effete enforcer.

And at the end of the day, they should follow our constitution and laws.

The Libs prove themselves racist even though they think they are huge-hearted because what they are really saying is that hispanics and other illegals are only good enough to have menial jobs and clean up after them.

Go to a hotel and how many peeps actually acknowledge the latino (or other nationality) staff? They ignore them as they are less than.

I’m against illegals because they haven’t immigrated properly and disrespect the country. I also dislike how Americans look down on them as they are less than. That is inherently racist, but you’ll never see a Lib look at it that way. They actually look down on them more than Conservatives do.

Skunky on September 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

“the work that Americans won’t do”

We often hear that phrase in the UK too with the obvious change. Bosses of companies of no real value to our economy, small ethnic restaurants and the like, boost their own earnings by taking on illegals or bringing in legal migrant workers and paying them a wage that they can’t support a family on. Our welfare system ends up funding the shortfall.

xoggoth on September 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm


    I have read the story on this blog and most of the comments. Please would someone in their right mind explain to me how illegal immigrants benefit from welfare? How can someone with no SSN and no proper identification benefit from welfare? Yes, there are some programs out there that help illegal immigrants, but I have yet to hear of any that are funded by us, the taxpayer. Please elaborate.

    Thank you!

    Henry on September 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Libs always complain about greedy capitalists but are the worse culprits when it comes to supporting them, through government sponsored, taxpayer funded slave labor.

theShadow on September 4, 2010 at 8:12 pm

It’s not slave labor, though.

Illegals each get tens upon tens of thousands of dollars each year, or more, in public services including WIC, section 8 (subsidized housing) welfare, special education, public schooling, free school lunches, subsidized smog repairs for their cars, assistance paying their utilities, hospitalization, immunizations, emergency room care, mental health services, medications, job training, education benefits, just to name a few, plus they don’t pay income tax.

When you factor in the bureaucracy and costs of government to dole out these monies, it costs, by some studies, upwards of $30 in costs to dispense each dollar of benefits.

Of course, the middle class gets the ungreased shaft by paying for these not-s0-hidden costs associated with this cheap labor.

Yeah, illegals let us enjoy 99 cent value meal hamburgers, but that’s all many of us can afford thanks to them.

100 proof American on September 4, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    @100 proof American on September 4, 2010 at 8:53 pm
    Agreed, as my point was:
    Their rich cheapo employers pay squat slave wages to the illegals, so the gov’t programs subsidize the rest while us taxpayers foot the bill, hence “taxpayer funded slave labor”. Plus these illegal employees and their crooked employers contribute nothing to the system so we have to take up their slack and wind up the biggest losers.
    All of a sudden, as you point out, that value meal is costing us a lot more if you follow the money. Average people don’t see it that way though, but if they really knew where their taxes were going they might have a change of heart and do something about it in the next elections.
    I won’t hold my breath.

    theShadow on September 4, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    100 Proof and The Shadow…you brought up vital points I failed to expound on in my post. Bravo!

    Skunky on September 4, 2010 at 11:16 pm

And Washington wonders why we are angry. I think that it is time to get out the tar and feathers.

William Stout on September 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm

This does not surprise me at all. it ios becoming increasingly clear that Obama and his buddies do not even consider themselves American. No wonder Obama hides his silly Birth Certificate. He is embarrassed it says he was born here.

pat on September 5, 2010 at 2:58 am

Well, as Debbie has mentioned, the real story is the pass unions gave to this and other such government contracts. Apparently, the rank and file membership, or former membership in many cases, are rarely the concern of the locals, state, and national organizations. Just send the dues money in while you have a job, and when you lose it you can drop dead.

Worry01 on September 5, 2010 at 4:47 am

The reason this has happened is both political parties benefit from it. The Democrats get an indentured future voter along with their offspring. The Republicans benefit because it helps out their crooked crony businessmen. Hell did free trade help America? The same alliance that wanted free trade wants open borders. Five years of non stop hand wringing about illegal aliens has brought us nothing. Well except a traitorous president. Will a change in Congress make a difference? I kind of doubt it. Anyone who has challenged illegal aliens finds resistance from the Chamber of Commerce and other corporate whores. And people like Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina and Linda McMahon are not the answer.

Treat illegal immigration like tax evasion or drug trafficking and businesses will start to comply. Have business licenses suspended or revoked and they will also comply. Fines don’t work because it becomes a cost doing business. Raids don’t work because they will replace those workers and other businesses haven’t seen raids deterring them. Putting them out of business will wake up crooked businesses.

CaliforniaScreaming on September 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Debbie Schlussel should go hang herself, as well as her supporters.

Go Fuck A Pig on September 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Was that supposed to be a response, or did your medications give out again? Should someone call up your caregiver?

    Worry01 on September 10, 2010 at 3:47 am

Go f,

Go f yours

Facts Life on September 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Debbie, I hate to disagree with you here since this blog is such a mitzvah in terms of your work defending Israel and exposing Islam, but you’re missing the big picture here. Companies neeed to hire people who get the job done, and genereally shouldn’t be expected to play border patrol. And even if Americans were willing to work as cheaply as foreigners, companies still would prefer the foreigners. When you consider work ethic, willingness to follow orders, humility, personal conduct, lack of endless disability and discrimination claims and general ability to show up and work, it’s the American workers who are illegal as far as many businesses are concerned. Until that changes, the immigration status of these workers is immaterial to Americans being out of work. Shana tovah, Debbie.

A1 on September 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    A1, I know a few guys worker myself included who would follow walk through walls and show up to work everyday for a decent paycheck and a job. Not every American is how you described them as not willing to follow orders, come to work on time everyday, and so on. There are still some of us who would have loved to have had the opportunity to do a cleanup job and feel like we’re still capable of doing something. Screw the illegals. I’m here now and I’m ready and I know more that many are still waiting for the chance to prove it. Are you?

    Big G in the D on September 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Unfortunately, this story does not surprise me. Even if Senator lettuce had become president, I know that the situation would have been dealt with exactly the same.

Patspfs on September 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm

So they hired in this case 82 illegals and then supplied transportation back to the border when the job was done. So they knew who they hired. The sheriff was “tipped off” about these buses of illegals, who tipped him off? Did they pay these workers yet or tell them their final check was waiting for them at the border then turn them in to save the money?

What ever the case they knew they hired illegals and were trying to hide them by supplying transport home.

ender on September 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm

There was an article in the National Post the other day about pregnant Mexican illegals crossing the border and giving birth to children who automatically obtain US citizenship. One of the doctors (who is a legal citizen and also of Mexican descent) said Obama should be arrested. That what’s happening in the States can’t continue (that it’s unsustainable). Oh, and the article also contained a side-bar about birth-right citizenship as is done in other countries. The countries listed (including most European countries) also granted citizenship to those born in the country — BUT ONLY So long as at least ONE of the parents was either A) a legal resident of the country or B) a legitimate citizen of the country. The most ridiculously insane country was, frankly, the United States which allows any, all and sundry to obtain “citizenship” via birth in the U.S. It’s a policy that, imo, must change.

J.S. on September 6, 2010 at 11:18 am

Yessir, A1. Maybe we should also go back to slavery. With a few fairly isolated exceptions, the Commie historians to the contrary, the slaves didn’t file disability claims, they showed up to work, were humble, and had good work ethics.

I guess A1 doesn’t have the spirit of Labor Day. Maybe A1 is Michael Medved writing incognito.

Little Al on September 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

Let’s face it, A1 would be a good penname for someone with a huge ego.

Little Al on September 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

@A1, Unfortunately allowing employers to undermine the American worker is not the answer. The Federal Government is undermining its citizens by allowing this mass invasion of illegal aliens. Sure you get a great deal by hiring foreigners, but it is not the solution. Firstly, what happened to loyalty? Second, the the employers don’t pay for the social consequences for the illegal aliens, so the taxpayer be damned. Taxpayer is on the hook for medical, education, welfare, housing, incarceration, etc. for the illegals. Kind of like a drug dealer who has to make his money selling dope. He doesn’t care if the junkie has to steal to buy his dope. It all about making money, right?

You want better workers then as a requirement for unemployment they must be forced to do at least 16-24 hours of community service or volunteer work. Force them for 8-16 hours of job searching in some type career center where they must be available. So many people rationalize that getting an unemployment check is right since they pay into it. Well what is paid into never covers the payout. Get their asses of the couch and sofa and many will settle for ‘doing those jobs Americans won’t do’ if they can’t get an unemployment check.

CaliforniaScreaming on September 6, 2010 at 11:54 am

Government: failing to do work that ordinary Americans could do.

P. Aaron on September 6, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Somehow a private company hiring undocumented workers translates to “Obama used illegal aliens” in wingnut language.

dk on September 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Well, duh, the EPA reports directly to BO.

Little Al on September 6, 2010 at 5:34 pm

“Earlier this week, the Michigan Messenger — part of a national news network funded by liberal donors — reported that several workers at the spill site working for Hallmark confirmed anonymously that they were undocumented. But an Enbridge spokeswoman said contractors and subcontractors are required to meet federal and state labor laws and that Hallmark’s workers had the required documents.”

Looks like Hallmark’s not the only ne’er-do-well involved in this.

Solomon2 on September 6, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Dear Ms. Schlussel: This is off-topic, but I wish you, all your family and all the Jews on this website a happy, healthy, kosher New Year.

Miranda Rose Smith on September 7, 2010 at 4:14 am

I am sure there are enough unemployed blacks in Michigan who could have used a job.

burt on September 7, 2010 at 10:07 am

The Republicans are so funny, when the economy is good you say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. When most Americans (with Latin America roots) go to the polls this November we will remember that the GOP has gone on a nationwide rant in proposing and passing several anti-immigration legislation (that our US Courts continue to strike down) and have continue to blame the immigrant for the flat economy or worse. We will remember who stands with us and who stands against us, so trying to stop it now is somewhat funny, but go ahead, you will not change our minds. Plus the more radical of the GOP are now attacking our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, in a misguided attempt to garner some much needed votes, they really are fools, and leading the GOP towards obscurity because they are no longer a party of ideas, just of empty suits. Your hate made you do it, in November; you will reap what you have sown. I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would say about todays GOP, he unlike the current GOP was a man of ideas.

Benito on September 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Benito – I agree with you about the GOP becoming obsure, but this anti-immigration rant is total BS. There is no Anti-Legal-Immigration law on the books. But there are laws to arrest people who break the law. Every person here in the U.S. who does not have legal paperwork or documents to prove that they can be here LEGALLY is breaking the law. We don’t want all of these law-breaking illegals to continue to tear down this country.

Benito – look at the financial mess that all of these illegals have helped to create. Assume there are 20 million illegals in the U.S. right now. Now assume that only 10% of them need to see a doctor, and also assume that it only costs $300.00 per doctors visit. Multiply 2 million people by $300.00 and you get $600 Million. The actual numbers are probably 25 times greater. And who pays for this? The American taxpayer, not the illegal bums who ruin our cities and create chaos through their drug cartels.

Jarhead on September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Let’s send the DHS! Oh I forgot, empty suit at the management level.

JOE on September 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm

JH: The most outrageous racial profile law was AZ SB1070, the one that failed in our US Courts that the proponents claimed was Constitutional. The current GOP wants to decide for you when they will apply the Constitution in the bent minds. Considering that all the numbers of crime are down (even ex-governor Janet Napolitano agrees).

So we have Brewer signing a bill (that she probably did not even read), lying about the crime rates in AZ, and now we find out that she is in the pockets of PRIVATE PRISONS who stand to benefit with the increase Federal jailing.

So quit lying, with your pathelic rhetoric, stand up and be men, no, no I am sorry your leaders are now just Birthers, Baggers and Blowhards and will contine to take the GOP towards obscurity because they are no longer a party of ideas, just of empty suits. Good bye, fawell…..

Benito on September 8, 2010 at 12:12 am

May I ask where you found the pic for this article? Pretty offensive to the millions of LEGAL American born citizens like myself. You know, the ones who poured there blood and sweat to make this country what it is today. You know whats destroying this country? Fat & lazy Americans!!!

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