26 August 2008
The Laurel Raid: They Didn't Get Them All
As far as reporters are concerned, the big story of the raid on Howard Industries in Laurel MS is the fact that hundreds of alleged illegal immigrants have been arrested, sparking a panic in their neighborhoods. But this is really only half the story. Those people were arrested because they're supposed to be breaking the law by working at Howard. So what about the people who hired them? Howard Industries is named after founder and owner Billy Howard Sr, who still runs the company with his family. Were they arrested? Their lawyers claim that the Howards have done all within their power to prevent illegals from coming to work. If so, their efforts have been laughably inadequate. The lawyers say what they're paid to say. Theirs should not be the last word. If undocumented workers are breaking the law in Laurel, aren't the people who hire them conspiring to break the law? Politicians talk about prosecuting employers who hire illegals, but are new laws really necessary? Let's see what the evidence tells us about how Howard hired these unfortunate folks, and deal with the Howards accordingly. Then you can say that justice was served.