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This was eleven years ago, and it wasn’t meat processing and Americans wanted these jobs. Some Americans want the meat-processing jobs too. 600 jobs is a hell of a lot of jobs, especially in a small, poor state like Mississippi. 680 is more! In fact, some Americans sued Howard for discrimination. What happened to the kids on this? There wasn’t all of this caterwauling about kids in those days. School would have been in session because it was August. And, school is the best place for the kids to be. ICE raids of homes would be traumatizing. If a politician brought 600 to 680 jobs to a location, s/he would be lauded. If ICE does it, they get criticized, these days.



Hattiesburg, Miss – Jose Humberto González, former Human Resources Manager for Howard Industries, Inc., pled guilty today to charges relating to the employment of unlawful aliens at the Howard Industries electrical transformer plant in Laurel, Mississippi, U.S. Attorney Donald R. Burkhalter and Special Agent in Charge Michael A. Holt, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced today. González entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Keith Starrett in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

González pled guilty to a conspiracy spanning eight years during which he knowingly encouraged and induced illegal aliens to reside in the United States, and knowingly concealed, harbored, and shielded illegal aliens from detection.

In addition, as alleged in the indictment, González routinely accepted false identification documents in the hiring of illegal aliens and, even after being informed by the Social Security Administration that certain Social Security numbers did not match the names of job applicants or employees, González nonetheless hired or continued to employ such illegal aliens. González was serving as Human Resources Manager at the Howard Industries transformer manufacturing plant in Laurel when it was the subject of an immigration sweep on August 25, 2008, that resulted in the administrative arrest of nearly 600 illegal aliens who were working at the plant.

González faces up to five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and three years of supervised release. He will be sentenced on March 31, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Hattiesburg.

“This prosecution is in line with the Department’s emphasis on prosecuting employers, not employees. Prosecuting employees is hardly a deterrent to companies bent on ignoring the law,” said U.S. Attorney Burkhalter.

Assistant United States Attorneys Gaines Cleveland and Mike Hurst are the prosecutors in charge of the case. Former

U.S. Attorney Stan Harris assisted on the case.

U. S. Attorney Burkhalter praised the efforts of Assistant

U.S. Attorneys Cleveland and Hurst as well as the U.S.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement for its diligent work in the investigation of this matter. # # # https://www.justice.gov/archive/usao/mss/press/DECEMBER%202009/gonzalez%20plea.pdf