Garbage In, Illegals Out

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Republic Services, which collects some garbage for the City of Houston as a contractor, has agreed to pay $1 million to the feds and $2 million to the city over a double-billing investigation.

They've also agreed, as part of the settlement, to rat on their illegal-alien workers.

U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle announced today that Republic was settling the criminal case against them for double-billing the city. He also announced the added fillip to the deal.

The feds won't prosecute the company after it pays the fines, and Republic agrees "to cooperate with the United States in its ongoing criminal investigation into immigration violations by former employees at its Houston Wilson Road facility [and] to adhere to its revised immigration compliance program," DeGabrielle's office announced.

An ICE investigation revealed, the feds say, that from 2002 through 2005 about a quarter of the workers at the Wilson Road plant were illegals. In January 2007 a raid found 52 illegals.

"Once we remove the magnet of illegal employment, the draw of illegal aliens will be significantly reduced," said Robert Rutt, head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's investigations office in Houston.

One garbage dump at a time, ICE. One garbage dump at a time.

-- Richard Connelly

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