DO SOME EMPLOYERS STEER UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS TO PURCHASE ILLEGAL EMPLOYMENT DOCUMENTS?

12/05/02

Our guest, Bill Lemus, is an organizer with the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers. He says that a subcontractor at local utility companies hire undocumented workers from Latin America and Mexico. Lemus says the workers are told where to pick up phony social security cards and other employment-related documents in Alabama and Georgia. The workers then return to the Tampa Bay area, where they are given dangerous jobs working at power plants. Lemus says he has contacted the Secret Service, politicians and the Hillsborough Sheriff's office. He says he has documents proving his charges. So far, the practice continues and Lemus says at a time when terrorism is an issue, he wonders why government officials are not stopping the practice.

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