An Embarrassed Romney Fires His Gardeners
Posted on Dec 5, 2007
Before Mitt Romney takes such a hard line against undocumented workers, he might try to find an American citizen willing to cut the grass at his suburban Boston home. For the second time in a year, the candidate has been caught employing undocumented immigrants by way of a landscaping company, which he has now fired.
MEREDITH, N.H.—Republican Mitt Romney, ridiculed by rival Rudy Giuliani for employing illegal immigrants at his “sanctuary mansion,” said he had fired the landscaper for his suburban Boston home after learning for a second time about undocumented workers laboring on the property.
[...]The former Massachusetts governor has made combatting illegal immigration a core theme of his White House run.
His three-point plan includes building fences along the U.S.-Mexico border; developing a tamperproof ID card so only legal immigrants can work and cutting off federal money to “sanctuary cities” providing safe haven to illegal immigrants.
During a debate last week in St. Petersburg, Fla., Romney chastised Giuliani for continuing sanctuary status for New York while he served as the city’s mayor. That prompted Giuliani to accuse Romney of owning a “sanctuary mansion” after The Boston Globe reported last year his landscaper employed illegal workers.