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When I was working on this story about Latino immigrants allegedly getting screwed out of their homes, I noticed a lot of townhouses going up in the same neighborhoods. These townhouses were being built — big surprise — by other Latino immigrants.

I'm not gonna say the Man was behind it, cuz I'm not so sure the world is so simple, but really, someone deserves an Evil Genius Award for such a slick application of the principle of divide and rule.

These guys, not so much.

A fence-building company in Southern California agrees to pay nearly $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants. Two executives from the company may also serve jail time. The Golden State Fence Company's work includes some of the border fence between San Diego and Mexico.

After an immigration check in 1999 found undocumented workers on its payroll, Golden State promised to clean house. But when followup checks were made in 2004 and 2005, some of those same illegal workers were still on the job. In fact, U.S Attorney Carol Lam says as many as a third of the company's 750 workers may have been in the country illegally.

It might seem like a brilliant move to use illegal immigrants to build a border fence that'll keep their own sons and daughters out, but when you get caught, you really just end up looking like a big, fat hypocrite. — Keith Plocek


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