As a result of two worksite enforcement investigations conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the owner of a Missouri roofing company pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to hiring illegal aliens and also agreed to forfeit $185,363 to the government and pay a fine of $36,000, while a Missouri poultry-processing plant where 136 illegal alien workers were arrested paid a $450,000 administrative fine.

According to a news release from ICE, the owner of Taylor-Made Roofing admitted that from August 2006 through April 2008, he hired, contracted, and sub-contracted for hire to obtain illegal aliens to work for him. By pleading guilty, the owner also agreed to implement an employment-compliance plan, forfeit to the government $185,363 – the amount of proceeds obtained as a result of the offense – and to pay a fine of $36,000, a $3,000 fine for each of the 12 illegal aliens who worked at the company.

As reported in a second news release, George’s Processing Inc. paid $450,000 as part of a settlement agreement for a May 2007 enforcement action at the plant where ICE agents administratively arrested 136 illegal alien workers. Two of the company’s hiring personnel were convicted of harboring illegal aliens and inducing illegal aliens to remain in the United States, and the company must train its human resource managers on how to establish a compliance program and avoid hiring illegal aliens.

A spokesman for ICE said that “significant fines help hold businesses accountable to ensure a legal workforce.”  In April 2009, ICE –the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – implemented a new, comprehensive strategy to reduce the demand for illegal alien employment by focusing its resources on the auditing and investigation of employers suspected of cultivating illegal workplaces by knowingly employing illegal alien workers.

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