By Jim Kouri
While attempting to solidify his political base — including the Latino voters — President Barack Obama is walking a thin line between amnesty for illegal aliens and enforcing immigration laws he and his minions oppose.
For example, last week both the owner and the manager of a La Jolla, California, bakery pleaded guilty to their longtime practice of hiring illegal aliens following a four-year probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
At a hearing in a San Diego federal courtroom, The French Gourmet, Inc., along with Michel Malecot, 59, the business owner and president, and Richard Kauffmann, 58, the bakery’s manager, pleaded guilty to the felony offense of hiring at least 10 illegal aliens from 2006 to 2007.
The two business men also admitted employing illegal alien workers as early as 2003, despite being fined in the 1990s by the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for employing illegal aliens.
“These guilty pleas show our commitment to holding employers accountable,” said Derek Benner, special agent in charge for ICE HSI in San Diego. “HSI will continue to investigate employers who build their business model on exploiting illegal alien labor. Our goal is to reduce the demand for illegal employment and protect employment opportunities for the nation’s lawful workforce.”
Malecot also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to continuing to employ illegal aliens. Malecot admitted that 91 illegal aliens were employed unlawfully at the French Gourmet between 2005 and 2008, and that he knew at least seven of those individuals were not authorized to work in the United States.
Kauffmann faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. Malecot faces a maximum of six months in custody and a fine of $3,000 per illegal alien worker.
“This case is no cause for celebration,” said political strategist Mike Baker. ICE spent four years investigating what amounts to a small-time business operation that employed a miniscule number of illegal aliens. It doesn’t sound like a very cost-effective law enforcement investigation.”
Baker believes Obama and the Democrats “could be performing more of a service to Americans if they would crackdown on the major corporations that employ illegal aliens.”
“But then they’d have to go after their own election campaigns’ major donors,” Baker quipped.
A perfect example of this immigration corruption is Tyson Foods closing plants in 2006 because they expected their illegal alien workers to partake in protests, boycotts and demonstrations. The Arkansas based company is a major contributor to both Democrats (Clinton, Obama) and Republicans (Bush 43).
Other large corporations known to employ illegal aliens are Koch Foods of Cincinnati LLC, Johnson Dairy LLC out of Colorado, and American Rice, Inc. of Texas.