They were apparently such “gentleman” one of them thought it would be a good idea to start whacking the other one on the head with a saw blade, sending him to the hospital. Now they’re both getting a one-way ticket south of the border, leaving their wives and children behind.
Vaya con dios, mis amigos!
The Connecticut Post is reporting that two workers for a New Rochelle-based contractor were arrested Wednesday in Derby, CT. Police discovered both men were in the country illegally and turned them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Two illegal immigrants were arrested Wednesday after one allegedly attacked the other with a saw blade while they were working on the renovations at the Valley Diner. The two men, employees of DeRaffele Manufacturing of New Rochelle, N.Y., got into an argument over the five-inch saw blade, police spokesman Lt. Justin Stanko said. “The argument was over the blade itself. One thought the other one had stolen it,” he said.
The argument led to one of the men, Robert Espinosa Amaro, 34, striking the other, Russell Cruz, 44, in the head several times with the blade, Stanko said. Amaro then took off to the nearby Lowe’s Home Improvement store, Stanko said, where he was arrested while leaving the store.
What is particularly troubling is the reaction of their employer who claims to have had no idea the pair were in the country illegally.
The company had no indication that either were in the country illegally, he said. “Both gave us Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses and had Social Security and taxes withheld from their checks,” he said. “Everything appeared to be legitimate.”
Really, you had no idea?
If everything really did appear legitimate, that would suggest that this employer from New Rochelle had no idea that the two men had committed fraud in using a fake social security number which is strange considering that the employer has to send the government payroll tax and put money into state works compensation and unemployment insurance funds. It would also suggests that the employer was printing up W-2s and no one at the IRS or New York State Tax Department noticed or that these two fine gentleman were not paying federal and state incomes taxes which means that in addition to charges related to this incident, they would both be looking at multiple counts of tax evasion. If they owned homes or vehicles that would be insurance fraud and various other forms of fraud. If they had real drivers licenses it would suggest that they bribed someone at the DMV or obtained fake IDs.
And this is the problem in a nutshell. In order to live and work illegally in the United States a person needs to violate dozens of state, federal and local laws ranging from paying income tax to housing violations to state insurance regulations not just one law (entering the country without going through customers or overstaying a visa). And there are plenty of American citizens willing to facilitate breaking the law in order to get cheap, exploitable and DISPOSABLE labor.
Does anyone really believe that Phil DeRaffele was shocked to discover two of his employees were illegal aliens?
Don’t feel to bad for him. While his two former employees will now have to deal with the repercussions of this incident for many years to come, employers like DeRaffele find 100 more gentleman waiting to take their place. This is not going to change until law enforcement and tax agencies force open the books of companies that hire illegal aliens and make them start to pay the true cost of hiring workers.