Tougher Consequences for I-9 Mistakes as Fines Rise
Today’s blog starts with a rags-to-riches, possibly back-to-rags story. David Jones was one of 58 children born to a practicing polygamist living in abject poverty in Mexico. Jones left Mexico for America when he was 15 and supported himself doing drywall. He became invaluable to his employer, Ketchikan Drywall in Seattle. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Dor Reno, the owner of the company depended on Jones to provide hundreds of cheap laborers, but it turns out most of them were in the states illegally. When Jones had a falling out with his boss, he moved across the country to the D.C. area and started his own firm, DJ Drywall. For years the company followed the same hiring practices. Prosecutors say 89 percent of the workers in the multi-million dollar firm were illegal.