Mitt Cans Landscapers in Dustup Over Illegals

Despite warning, Romney continued to use company employing illegal aliens
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2007 3:11 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, tours Rehring-Pacific during a campaign stop in Raymond, N.H., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007. Romney has admitted using a landscaping...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – White House hopeful Mitt Romney has repeatedly lashed out at rival Rudy Giuliani for making New York a sanctuary for illegal aliens. But another sanctuary appears to be Romney's own Massachusetts estate, where illegal immigrants have been working as landscapers for at least a year, reports the Boston Globe. Romney finally fired the firm yesterday after another story in the Globe.

Romney says he held off on canning the company because he wanted to give the owner a second chance after he was alerted to the problem by the newspaper last December. "The owner of the company guaranteed us, in very certain terms, that the company would be in total compliance with the law going forward," Romney said. "The company's failure to comply with the law is disappointing and inexcusable."