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Mexican restaurants accused of hiring illegal immigrant workers

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court alleges the owner and managers of three Mexican restaurants in Pearl River County conspired to hire illegal immigrant workers and harbor them to avoid detection. The Sun Herald reports the complaint and the investigating agency have identified them as owner Jose Gutierrez and employees Vicente Jimenez Juan Barajas and ...

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Howard reaches tentative settlement in discrimination lawsuit

LAUREL — Court records say a Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has reached a tentative settlement in a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos. The lawsuit claimed one of the plaintiffs applied for a job at the Howard Industries electrical transformer ...

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Holland: 'Gulf of America' bill a joke; some don't get it

JACKSON — All the people outraged about the Mississippi bill to rename the Gulf of Mexico as the “Gulf of America” have missed its satirical intent, the sponsor said yesterday. State Rep. Steve Holland, a populist Democrat known for over-the-top gestures, said he was tickled that his provocation had rocketed across the Internet. Holland says the measure is meant to ...

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Landscapers' illegal workers trial rescheduled

RIDGELAND — A federal trial for a landscaping business that allegedly used illegal immigrant workers has been moved to April 2. The Clarion-Ledger reports the jury trial was scheduled for today in U.S. District Court in Jackson, but attorneys for Love Irrigation said they need time to prepare. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate approved the defense’s motion, granting 45 more ...

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Trial delay requested in illegal immigrant case

An attorney has asked for a continuance in the trial of a couple charged with knowingly using illegal immigrants at their irrigation company in central Mississippi. A federal indictment says Paul and Barbara Love used illegal immigrants as far back as 2003 at Love Irrigation Inc., based in Ridgeland. The indictment says the Loves were told by immigration officials in ...

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Farm leaders vow resistance to new immigration legislation

With Southern governors and legislatures in a hurry to enact strict immigration enforcement measures, worries have arisen across the region that farm crops will wither in the fields without enough migrant workers to harvest them. That prospect has set up a potential fight in Mississippi between legislators who… >>> SEE FULL STORY<<<

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Read the October 24th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — THE NATIONAL TELECOM TAKE ON C SPIRE: Stephen McDill asks national telecom experts what they think of the new marriage between Apple Inc. and Ridgeland-based C Spire. You might be surprised at what they told the Mississippi Business Journal. Also in this week’s paper: >> VOTER ID: Will the National government intercede in Mississippi’s Voter ...

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Coast businessman to forfeit $475,000 for hiring illegals

BILOXI — A Biloxi businessman who hired illegal immigrants for government construction jobs has been ordered to forfeit $475,000, which his attorney said is a rough average of his net income over a number of years. The Sun Herald reports Randall Weitzel, CEO of Artisan Textures, was sentenced Wednesday to a six-month prison term followed by five months of house ...

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Pleasant surprise: Businesses unaware of MDES’ E-Verify service

Businesses unaware of MDES’ E-Verify service The business community had serious concerns back in 2008 when the Mississippi Employment Protection Act was signed into law. The legislation requires companies to use the E-Verify system to screen employees to ensure they are legal. Noncompliance means stiff, potentially business-killing penalties. Now, the business community seems largely unaware — and pleasantly surprised — ...

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Weitzel facing forfeiture for using illegal workers

GULFPORT — Federal prosecutors want a South Mississippi businessman to forfeit $475,000 in an illegal immigration case. Randy Weitzel of Gulfport allegedly earned the money by employing illegal immigrants, including some who worked construction jobs at the federal courthouse in Gulfport where Weitzel was convicted and Keesler Air Force base in Biloxi. Weitzel was identified in court records as the ...

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