On Wednesday, Joo Ok Kim, 62, was sentenced to two years in prison for harboring five illegal aliens from Mexico and Guatemala. He kept the men in his basement and transported them daily to various job sites.
Kim pleaded guilty to the charges last month.
According to Ann Quinn of the Minnesota Bureau of Investigation, Kim paid the men substandard wages at first to work in his contracting business, installing siding. However, he eventually stopped paying them altogether.
The illegal aliens were discovered in March 2009 when police responded to a disturbance at Kim’s home. The fight was reportedly over money.
In addition to his prison sentence, Kim was ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution.
Kim who is an immigrant from South Korea may be deported when his sentence is completed.
Often times, employers who frequently hire illegal aliens will place a dozen or more of their workers into a tiny sub-standard house or apartment (which the employer either rents in his name or owns).
Every morning, a company truck arrives to transport them to the job site, and brings them home in the evening. On payday, many of those same employers deduct the costs of housing and transportation from their workers’ pay. Eager to make any amount of U.S. dollars and constantly aware of his illegal status in this country, he simply accepts the mere pittance afforded him and keeps his mouth shut.
For years, we have heard American businessmen complain that Americans no longer want jobs which require hard physical labor. Those same businessmen then tell us that Mexican men will perform these jobs–therefore our economy is dependent upon the use of illegal immigrants. Prior to this nation’s Civil War, Southern plantation owners were offering much the same excuse as to why it was necessary to import and enslave Africans.
Just as waves of humanity daily cross our border in search of low-paying jobs, higher-paying American jobs are flowing overseas. The failure of our political leaders to retard either of those national crises is breaking the collective back of the American worker. Our politicians seem to be much more concerned with lining their own pockets, than they are with the plight of hard-working Americans.
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