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Government to undocumented janitors: You're fired

May 04, 2010
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SAN FRANCISCO – With a looming threat of the potential criminalization of undocumented people in Arizona, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking action and 475 immigrant janitors are expected to lose their jobs in San Francisco, according to the New America Media.
During the past few weeks, DHS examined the employment records — including Social Security records and the I-9 immigration forms all workers have to fill out when they apply for jobs — of building services giant ABM Industries, which is the janitors'' employee, noted the article.
After its investigation, continued the story, the DHS''s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) informed ABM that it must fire the 475 workers accused of "lacking legal immigration status."
ABM, a unionized company, will lose workers that have been on the job for decades, stated the article.
"They''ve been working in this industry for 15, 20, some as many as 27 years in the buildings downtown," said Olga Miranda, president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 87. "They''ve built homes. They''ve provided for their families. They''ve sent their kids to college. They''re not new workers. They didn''t just get here a year ago.”
According to the article, the federal agency is auditing the records of 1,654 companies nationwide.
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