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Staffing Change at the 'Sanctuary Mansion'

Less than a week after former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney defended himself during a debate against accusations that he had hired a company that used illegal immigrants to care for his lawn as governor, Romney's campaign announced that today he fired the same lawn care company for again employing illegal immigrants.

In a statement, Romney said that he had given the company a second chance a year ago, allowing it to continue work on his house in Massachusetts with the understanding that it would not employ undocumented immigrants.
His statement today came after the Boston Globe presented evidence to the campaign that the lawn care company employed undocumented workers.

"The company's failure to comply with the law is disappointing and inexcusable, and I believe it is important I take this action," Romney said in the statement.

He also released a copy of the short letter of termination he sent to Mr. Ricardo Saenz of Community Lawn Service.

"Given your company's disregard for the clear instructions provided on this issue last year, I am forced to terminate my contract with your company, effective immediately," the letter stated. "My family will no longer utilize your services and all scheduled visits are cancelled as of today. I am disappointed that our relationship must end on this note, but we simply cannot tolerate your inability to ensure that your employees are legally permitted to work in the United States."

The decision highlights a key issue in the Republican presidential nominating contest, and a particular concern for Romney, who has been battling former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani oveer their immigration records for weeks.

Giuliani was particularly harsh during last week's YouTube/CNN debate, when he publicly berated Romney for having employed illegal immigrants himself. Romney said he never knowingly hired illegal immigrants, but instead hired a company that was later found to have been employing undocumented workers.

What Romney did not say was that he had given the company a second chance.

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  December 4, 2007; 8:08 PM ET
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Thanks for helping to prove the I'm the cogent one and YOU'RE the goofy one. He's smart enough to be Governor and can't tell illegals are doing his grass? Dude, how stupid are you? The pity is that you're allowed to reproduce.

Posted by: lnardozi | December 16, 2007 11:59 PM | Report abuse

The only candidate who can and WILL make a difference is RON PAUL. He believes in the Constitution. All other candidates believe the Constitution is "just a peice of paper". That is those who belong to the CFR -Clinton, Biden, Obama, THompson, Romney.
So, whatever they say now is only until (they think) they get it the WHite HOuse.

Go Ron. We need you to save our country.

Posted by: Chance1 | December 5, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

INFINITY555-Congrats on consistancy!

However-it was Wrong, innacurate, Nope, uh-uh, Wrong, not quite, No way, Sorry, Not True and generally a collection of the most bogus assortment of talking points ever created!

EVERY DEMOCRAT is PRO Un-Lawfull Employment, and PRO Illegal Aliens to fill the Illegal demand!

Posted by: rat-the | December 5, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Stop all this festering issue of illegal immigration. Unless U.S. citizens strive to end this conflict amongst the rulling parties, the immigration debate isn't going away. None of the politial parties are without blame, nor the American people? This invasion has not just started, it's been gaining momentum of three decades. Its an argument full of venom and pro-groups, only have to use the race card to send both politicans and activists cowering in a dark corner. However, times are changing and the globalist, open-border, free-marketeers are not winning any more. Mitt Romney, Guiliani, Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Richardson, McCain and others are now scrambling to appease the majority of the American citizen population who are fed up with paying the tab for pariah employers.The annual cost to taxpayers is about $22 billion a year according to Center for Immigration Studies and the tax burden will grow -- because 15 million more immigrants are set to arrive by year 2017 according to their latest research.

More than 10 million immigrants have arrived since year 2000; it is estimated that nearly 6 million are illegal. All told, the group of immigrants now account for 38 million at the moment according to the White House's own census bureau. Fight back today and demand your Washington (Public Servant) co-authors "THE SAVE ACT".

Posted by: infinity555 | December 5, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

DOGO-What the Governor said is it is not the American Way to ask someone with a foreign accent, his immigration status.(Not an exact qoute-but much closer!).

As far as who gets to verify Status, Employers, and Federal Agents, or duly authorized local Agents, are the ONLY ones with the Right!

The PROBLEM, is a Congress that REFUSES to authorize Funding for it(Insane, because the $1,000 Fines would be profitable!), and Libbie Judges that Block efforts to investigate ID Fraud!

Mitt Romney HIRED a Legal Contractor, who Hired Un-Documented Workers in Violation of FEDERAL Law!

Live It, (TRY) to Learn It, and Love It!

Enforcement of Wage Protecting, Community Saving, Tax Collecting LABOR LAWS!!!!

Illegals-You are FREE to Move Out of the Country! No mas Trabajo Aqui! Comprede?

Hasta la Vista Amigos!

Relax, as soon as I can start earning FAIR wages again, I'll be sure to come down and spend some on a Vacation visit! Go back and get YOUR Houses in ORDER!

Posted by: rat-the | December 5, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Romney said it is not the" American way" to ask someone their legality status.Does that mean if you saw someone fitting a terrorist description,you should overlook it...BS...nuff said

Posted by: dago1940 | December 5, 2007 8:48 AM | Report abuse

When I saw the headline I was hoping that it meant the sanctuary mansion the state of Maryland just gave away to CASA de Maryland. Maryland is going to be the next California for illegal immigrants, we even have a member of the state delegation who holds dual citizenship in El Salvador. The welcome mat is out for illegal aliens in Maryland and I sure feel like a door mat now that my taxes are being raised to pay for it.
For all of you race card players out there, get it through your thick skulls. This illegal immigration debate is not a race issue. It's a national security and SOVEREIGNTY issue!

If you really want to fight racial inequality go to Mexico where there exists an almost apartheid like system which discriminates against the browner and shorter native people who do not have European(Spanish)ancestry.

Furthermore, this is an economic issue and a moral issue. Why are we perpetuating the exploitation of other countries poor and uneducated? Cheap labor and votes is the aim of most of those those who claim to want to help these poor immigrants. Very slimy, especially when the Catholic church sticks their nose into it. Hmmm....Latinos are overwhelmingly Catholic...but "the church" is simply concerned with the dignity of the individual. Yeah right!

Posted by: lmb0258 | December 5, 2007 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Rich people are different from the rest of us. The Mittwit probably saved thousands of dollars by hiring a cheap landscaper that hired undocumented workers & avoided social security and other taxes, just like he saved thousands of dollars by declaring his mansion in Utah his primary residence. That is, before he decided to run for governor of Massachusetts. Then it was just a mistake and he blamed his accountant and paid the back taxes, just like this time he blames the lawn service and fires them.

Being the Mittwit means never having to say you're sorry.

Posted by: truth2 | December 5, 2007 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Careful, Romney is an untrusted person his father is Mexican, his family took shelter in Chihuahua, Mexico so they can live with his religion and this is how he pays back to the country people who help his Father and family. He may be out spoken agains undocumented immigrants when is about politics state or federal money, but when is about his own money he look the other way and hire the most affordable option, How can you trust him?

Posted by: checa22 | December 5, 2007 3:12 AM | Report abuse

What kind of president can't handle the truth? Haven't we had enough of one of those already?

"Oh no! I can't believe that a Mexican would be used to cut my grass, prune my shrubs and blow my leaves!" BUT he can believe that Christ came over to the Americas after his crucifixion and talked to Lala-pakinciomo and Chief toke-A-bigwon and wrote secret info on some gold tablets that no one is allowed to see (of which there is no evidence in archeology, linguistics or Native American history or ANY supporting facts for ANY of their beliefs)?

Christ almighty! Do we have to go through another term with some wako conservative with a manifest destiny complex AGAIN?

Posted by: billyjwilliams | December 5, 2007 1:22 AM | Report abuse

INARDOZI-Do you like proving your ignorance to millions of people?

Guess what? The ability to investigate a Workers legality, is a FEDERAL Ability. See dufus, the way it works, is the EMPLOYER of the workers of the Landscape Company, in this case Mr. Saenz, is RESPONSIBLE for verifying the proper Documentation of HIS Employees. As HE files his Tax Information with the US Government, HE becomes Liable for the taxes collected on their salaries(Income(If any-Some go "Exempt"), SS, FICA). This is what we in the Legal Employment call PAYROLLING!
Just as you cannot write someone a Speeding Ticket-Unless commisioned to do so, Even a Governor cannot pretend to be a Federal Agent!
He can, and apparently did, call ICE to investigate any suspicions-Who THEN, call IRS, to Investigate BOOKS!


I would not want to be Mr. Saenz-or YOU!

Posted by: rat-the | December 5, 2007 12:15 AM | Report abuse

He has $200 million and he's still too cheap to hire Americans - you can't really blame him. He thinks he's better than all of us so he doesn't need to spend his precious money. He never thought for a minute we'd find out, or that we'd care. He doesn't really have any thoughts or platform of his own - he's just a sock puppet who floats any way the wind blows. Don't get me wrong - he LOOKS fabulous! Really beautiful guy, got a great smile - and tall as all get out. My candidate just kinda looks like an old bantam rooster - that's funny 'cause it's so true. Dr. Ron Paul has been fighting the good fight for 20 years now in Congress. You all hear about him as Dr. No, but do you know he authors at least 10 pieces of legislation a year to REDUCE the federal government's power to those enumerated in the Constitution? Sometimes bills, but sometimes Constitutional Amendments too. He believes that if we need to do something that's not in the Constitution we should amend it to allow us to do so LEGALLY. You'll note this post WON'T be followed by one showing all his flip-flops... because there aren't any. I KNOW you've seen us all posting about him - why not take half an hour and see what the buzz is about at Or just look in the Federal Register?

Posted by: lnardozi | December 4, 2007 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Well, that seems to have quickly lured the slimy things out from under their rocks, doesn't it?

Posted by: thrh | December 4, 2007 10:05 PM | Report abuse

It is possible that Senator Clinton is the best candidate. However, even though many may like the policies that Senator Clinton proposes, they should also consider her record, just as Senator Clinton insists.
The last Clinton Administration, when faced with the fact that protection rackets where assaulting, torturing and murdering people with poison and radiation, chose to avoid its responsibilities to incarcerate the criminals and to protect the citizenry.
Instead, they made a deal with the criminal gang stalker protection rackets to leave them alone and to consequently abandon the citizenry.
Do we want a President who sells out the citizenry for votes?
Do we want a President who sends a "crime does pay" message to society?
Would you vote for a President who signed nonaggression deals with the KKKlan or the Nazi party? Gangs that torture with poison and radiation are much like the KKKlan and Nazi Party.
We do not need a sellout President. We need a principled leader President.
If you are one of the few who do not know what the above refers to, do a web search for "gang stalking" to see the tip of the dirtberg. Please do it before you decide to reply to my post. Here let me make it easy for you:

Posted by: avraamjack | December 4, 2007 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Folks, listen very carefully to what he is saying, and do not change the words.

Many Criminal elements such as fugitives from the Law, Child support dodgers, Escapees, Child molesters/ Sexual Predators, and others hiding below the Radar, seek out and Use, the Undocumented Illegal Employment Practice.

Employment of Undocumented Workers is the crime. It needs to be irradicated! Many Jobs, MILLIONS in FACT, Rob our Country of much needed revenues, and suppress wages for people trying to compete against the unfair Practice.

These Criminals seeking out and using People who should not be able to exist like they are, not only allow it, they ENCOURAGE it! They want to hire People who cannot demand proper wages, benefits, security, and proper Medical Coverage. People who could never lodge complaints against them for blatant abuse!

The perpetration of a criminal enterprise costs our Tax System at least 150 BILLION Dollars a Year-Nevermind the Huge windfall that we will see when a proper Labor market is returned, and people are once again able to get a Fair wage for hard and dangerous work!

This has NOTHING to do with the people who have been lured into our country to fill the demand.

It has everything to do with demanding the People of this Country, and the Documented Imigrants that are supposed to be here, are able to fill it!

Real Security, begins with Knowing who is here working! To support a criminal invader, is Aiding and Abbetting the Criminal Action, and in this case-PROMOTING IT!

Any Illegal Aliens, are FREE to leave. Employers of Un-Documented Workers-LOOKOUT!

Civic Leaders facilitating the activity(Austin City Council) I WANT YOU IN JAIL!!!!

Posted by: rat-the | December 4, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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