Workers a thorny issue for Romney
RESIGN You Illegal Hiring ASS MUNCH
The Massachusetts governor's lawn crew included illegal immigrants, a newspaper reports.
By Elizabeth Mehren
Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2006
Boston -- Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 GOP presidential aspirant and an outspoken critic of illegal immigration, apparently employed undocumented landscape workers at his home near Boston.
Responding to a report in Friday's Boston Globe, the governor's communications director said Friday that Romney was unaware that several of the landscapers who kept up his suburban Belmont property were in this country illegally.
'Gov. Romney has no information or knowledge to corroborate the Globe's allegations,' Eric Fehrnstrom said Friday. 'He hired a legitimate lawn service company and he knows the owner as a decent, hardworking person who is a legal resident.'
As he explores a run for the presidency in 2008, Romney has made illegal immigration a priority issue, urging stiff penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.