Sentencing Set in Illegal Immigrant Hiring Case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Sentencing has been scheduled for July 30 for a man who hired hundreds of illegal immigrants for one of Mississippi's most successful private companies, the site of the nation's biggest workplace raid.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained about 600 illegal immigrants at Howard Industries' electrical transformer plant in Laurel in August 2008.

Former human resources manager Jose Humberto Gonzalez pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy. His sentencing was postponed in March.

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed an order this week setting the date in federal court in Hattiesburg.

Several illegal workers were convicted of identity theft. Hundreds were deported.

Gonzalez, the only company official charged, admitted hiring workers regardless of their lawful status.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    they only charged one because if they went after all then the plant would been closed down... yes agree crack down but guess what good part of the people in the clean up in the gulf are not checked either..
  • by W. Location: Toomsuba on Jul 17, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    They need to check the chicken plants too.
  • by Fishy on Jul 17, 2010 at 10:17 AM
    If he was charged with conspiracy who were his counterparts and were they charged as well. It's hard to believe that a company that size hired that many workers and only one employee was culpable.
  • by Jerry Location: Meridian on Jul 16, 2010 at 02:51 PM
    We need more action like this, more enforcement of immigration laws and less coddling of illegals.
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