The Truth about the Riverside Company fined $5 million for Hiring illegal Immigrants
In December, 2006, Golden State Fence Company, a Southern California based fence-building firm was fined $5 million for ‘hiring illegal immigrants’ after pleading guilty to the charges. Around June 2018, various false articles surfaced claiming that the company was fined for hiring illegals for building the border wall. In actuality, the case is 12 years old and the firm was fined under the Bush administration. The only ‘border’ project it was involved in was the construction of a 14-mile border fence in San Diego in the late 1990s.
That is not to say that America has relaxed in its perpetuated exploitation of illegal immigrants for extensive gains. In this case, the men who hired more than ten illegal immigrants, admitting hiring them from January 1999 to November 2005, and agreed to pay 4.7 million in fines to the federal government. Additionally, Mr Mel Kay, the company’s chairman, had agreed to pay a personal fine of $200,000.
In this duration (January 1999 to November 2005) the company saw its sales rise from $60 million in 1999 to $150 million in 2005. A subsequent result of their government contract