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More On The N.E. Patriots Illegal Snow Shovelers
The Providence Journalâ€™s Karen Lee Ziner has just published an interesting update on the ICE arrest of Guatemalan illegals who were recently hired to shovel snow at Gillette Stadium just before a New England Patriots game [How did dozens of illegal immigrants end up shoveling snow at Gillette?, by Karen Lee Ziner, Providence Journal, January 31, 2010].
While many immigrants may be coming here for a â€śbetter life,â€ť that doesnâ€™t mean they are prepared for it. According to Ziner, many of these Guatemalans had never even held a snow shovel before. Some of them worked without a winter coat and wore only sneakers or sandals to cover their feet. One of the workers was pregnant, and several of them were minors.
Ziner also briefly describes the practice of whatÂ I like toÂ call â€ślabor launderingâ€ť: the process by which large corporationsÂ (Remember theÂ WalmartÂ case?) outsource to shady third party employers who hire illegal aliens to do menial labor. This provides a convenient buffer between the company and the illegal workforce, in case anything goes wrong.