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Oxnard businessman and his son charged with hiring illegal immigrants

The owner of an Oxnard metal-casting company and his son, an executive with the firm, have been charged with knowingly employing illegal immigrants, authorities said Friday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Thursday arrested Wayne Haddox, 67, owner of Masters in Metal, and Dennis Haddox, 37, the company’s vice president, authorities said.

The charges grew from a 2007 investigation when ICE investigators allegedly found 16 employees at the company had false permanent resident alien cards, also known as green cards. The company told investigators the workers had been fired.

Later, officials said, they received information that two of the employees had remained on the payroll and Wayne Haddox told them to go find “good” Social Security numbers.

The charges carry a maximum of six months in federal prison.

In another action, on Sept. 14, ICE agents arrested the manager of a Bell personnel agency for hiring illegal immigrants. Luis Gasca, 33, of Parker Personnel was also charged with providing workers with counterfeit immigration documents.

Parker Personnel provides workers to bonded customs warehouses in Southern California. Officials said the charges stemmed from federal inspections designed to improve security at freight-forwarding and in-bond warehouses, which are crucial links in the country’s import-export process.

-- Sam Quinones

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They must be severely punsihed.

That's right. Enforce the existing laws and make it difficult, if not impossible, for illegal immigrants to survive here. Word of mouth about the unfriendly work environment spreads quickly amoung them and the result will be more effective than building a wall or sending troops to guard the border.
It's time the U.S. enforced its employment laws. Other countries do it effectively, including Mexico.

Its about time!

Punish the employers and the problem will begin to heal...


Mexican airlines filed chap.13. Lets help them. Bring all the aircraft back to major cities, pick up all 12 million illegals & send them back home. We now have NAFTA, the North American Felony tax assessment for incarcerated Mex felons, numerous anchor babies, drivers with no license much less insurance, stolen SS cards,and last but not least some very stereos.
I hope all like my positive suggestion. Implement this, and the crime rate will drop, auto insurance rates will drop, ICE won't have to work so much overtime.
The only drawback is that Corona Beer will suffer a significant drop in sales:(
A win win situation for both the USA and mexico.

Build the wall, build it now.

Enforce all the laws all the time.

If they can't afford to hire Americans, they shouldn't be in business. Or maybe the state should reduce taxes so that businesses can hire Americans. Enough of this.

Dear ICE,

At any Walmart half the workers can't speak english.

And all their goods are made by people who can't speak english either.

Now charge Villaragroisa, Newsom, Bloomberg, Daley,Sanders and every other politician who establishes a sanctuary city in direct violation of federal immigration law.

Six months jail time is not enough of a deterrent for employers. ICE should open sub-stations at McDonalds, El Pollo Loco and Walmart and EVERY car wash in town.

The Real “American Dream Act” Bill & Counter Attack

First bring back our soldiers from this Afghanistan war that is costly and going nowhere. Middle Eastern and Asians love to see us waste money and go broke fighting for freedom when they don’t really want it. This is their main weapon and we keep falling into their trap. Then we need to regroup military troops and military force to invade/overthrow Mexico’s government turning it into a U.S territory.
The new land will be used as an industrial/business commerce zone. U.S citizens will be able to by property and have a dual citizenship between U.S and Mexico. Mexico will keep its current currency and there current government will be demoted to local municipal law enforcement as long as they surrender to the U.S.
The U.S will be in full control of all laws, local law enforcement, and military control. The path to dual citizenship will require the illegal immigrants living in the U.S to serve in the U.S military for teen years… Along with completing the invasion/overthrow of Mexican government to expand U.S lands, business, and revive our economy. For Mexico citizen requesting to come to the U.S temporary worker programs and legal paths to citizenship & residence will be granted to those who qualify.
This action is to liberate Mexico from its corrupt government that is destroying it self and the U.S slowly. It is also a test for them to redeem them selves for us to see, how much heart they have, how patriotic they are, and much they love this country including us, laws in all.

Pass It On!!!

Start taking the business, and that would help a great deal. When the police find drugs in your home or car you lose both, and they should take businesses as well. It is cheaper than building fences, that do not work.

too little too late

An investigation since 2007 and the result is they arrest TWO employers? Are you serious? They can go into ANY business in downtown LA and find every employer hiring illegal aliens! This is a sham to convince Americans they are doing something, when in reality they are doing NOTHING! Make E-Verify mandatory nationwide!

In 1971 I was job searching in the various metal working establishments that were a boon in Orange County, CA. Many times the owner or manager of a shop would give me a tour with my interview. I got to see first hand how illegal immigrants were hired exclusively by local employers. I did not have any luck finding a job in the OC and many times I was referred to employers by the California EDD's Veteran Representative; also, the economy was generally not good during the early seventies due to the protracted Vietnam War that continued until 1975.

Do I have to provide the address of the corporate offices for American Apparel? Or is his money paid out to influential politicians keeping him "above the law".....he has a lot more illegal alien employees than this handful for which they went right after the employer and his son. LATimes provided the articles detailing his ties to politicians and how he skirts the laws (including sexual harassment charges).
Maybe the answer to my question is simply - Ventura County applies the law while LA County opens their arms and OUR tax funded programs.
No Sanctuary City status for Los Angeles - whoever runs on that platform will receive my vote for Mayor of Los Angeles and I wouldn't be alone with that thinking.

You mean there's actually people OTHER than illegal aliens in Oxnard that they *could* have hired?!

Great! This element is a huge contributing factor in our nation's illegal alien problem. With securing the border, detaining and deporting illegal aliens, those who knowingly hire aliens should suffer serious prison time for their treasonous acts.

Please Hire Americans they are out of WORK
and need your help :(

I'm impressed by the amount of wrong information here. Really, Mexico enforces it's own borders (along with other countries) better than us? Complete misinformation.

Look people, the fact of the matter is that immigrants (in general. there's no need to target a specific group.) have always been the scapegoats of our country. From the Irish, Germans, Catholics, Jews, and even blacks, when there have been hard economic times, blame has always rested on them. During the great depression there were thousands of deportations of europeans where comments like these surged. Let's be better than that. We use these so-called "illegal" immigrants to have the lifestyles we have and then take for granted that they're human and should be treated with dignity.


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