Romney Spokesman Kevin Madden releases this tonight:
“One item to bring to your attention.
Upon learning that a company caring for the governor’s property was employing individuals who are not permitted to work in the United States, Governor Romney took immediate action to terminate the lawn service company in question for failing to comply with the law.
Provided here is a statement from Governor Romney and the letter of termination to the company.
Statement by Governor Romney:
“Today, I fired a landscaping company that I learned was employing people who are not permitted to work here in the United States. After this same issue arose last year, I gave the company a second chance with very specific conditions. They were instructed to make sure people working for the company were of legal status. We personally met with the company in order to inform them about the importance of this matter. The owner of the company guaranteed us, in very certain terms, that the company would be in total compliance with the law going forward.
“The company’s failure to comply with the law is disappointing and inexcusable, and I believe it is important I take this action.”
– Governor Romney
Letter of termination:
Governor Mitt Romney
December 4, 2007
Mr. Ricardo Saenz
Community Lawn Service
174 Shurtleff St.
Chelsea, MA 02150
Dear Mr. Saenz:
Today I learned that employees of your company, who were assigned to work on my property, are not permitted to work in the United States. Given your company’s disregard for the clear instructions provided on this issue last year, I am forced to terminate my contract with your company, effective immediately. My family will no longer utilize your services and all scheduled visits are cancelled as of today.
I am disappointed that our relationship must end on this note, but we simply cannot tolerate your inability to ensure that your employees are legally permitted to work in the United States. Thank you for your assistance.
I asked Madden why fire them now? He said “We learned the company hired had again failed to comply with the law. They were terminated once that was learned.” Questions remain as to why they were given a second chance, how and when this subsequent offense came to their attention and whether in light of this he should revise and extend his remarks to Rudy in the debate that it is not the place of a home owner to check up on the legal status of his contractor’s employees. You can be this will be talked about in the days ahead, despite the fact this was dropped by email after 6pm.
UPDATE: Madden explains that “The Boston Globe presented us with what we judged was credible information.” He says that he believes the new incident involved “I believe new people.” Never one for a loss for words, Madden chimes in that, “this just underscores the governor’s belief that we need a secure employer verification system to guard against hiring those here illegally.”
Well, that is one way to look at it.
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