Herndon Group To Report Employers Of Illegal Day Laborers

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Herndon, Virginia-area residents concerned about illegal immigration met last night to organize a new chapter of the Minutemen, a group that gained notice across the country when its members began patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border.

Organizer George Taplin said those who met at the Herndon Fort Nightly Library are opposed to the taxpayer-funded, day-laborer center that town officials want to build, and want to expose employers, landlords and others who would exploit legal immigrants and illegal aliens at the center.

Mr. Taplin said he decided to take charge because many were eager to act but reluctant to lead. He arrived at a basic plan by searching the Internet and finding information on “Operation Spotlight” in Houston.

The operation involved Minutemen members in Houston helping to close formal day-laborer centers by videotaping and photographing illegal aliens, tracking license plates of the employers who hired them and reporting findings to immigration and tax authorities, Mr. Taplin said.

Herndon’s operation would also create a network of observers, informants, lawyers and retired law-enforcement personnel to help crack down on illegal aliens.

“Realistically what we’re looking for is the people who are going to get out on the street and make their presence known to let the employers know we’re not going to let them get away with this,” Mr. Taplin said. “We want to make sure that Herndon stays a law-abiding town.”

Members of the Herndon-area chapter would also photograph employers hiring illegal aliens at the town day-laborer center, follow them to work sites and report them to the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and state employment agencies.

One Response to “Herndon Group To Report Employers Of Illegal Day Laborers”

  1. Ralph Says:

    I’m actually surprised that this group didn’t organize earlier. There are a lot of leftists in Northern Virginia evidently with a lot of time on their hands.

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