Supermarket Chain Fires 300 Illegals After Audit

Posted on April 21, 2010

From AZ Central:

About 300 employees at Pro’s Ranch Markets’ six metro Phoenix supermarkets were let go Tuesday and Wednesday after an initial Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency audit found them to be working illegally in the United States.

The fired employees can appeal the decision, but they are prohibited from working during the process.

Julie Pace, an attorney for Pro’s Ranch Markets, said most of the affected workers gave the company forged documents when asked to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the United States.

It’s hard to believe Ms. Pace (the company’s attorney mentioned above) that the company had complied with the employment requirements and still, amazingly, 300 people  (20% of their local workforce) was able “to slip through” and not be identified as illegal.  Very hard to believe indeed.  Especially when you read what the company’s parting gifts were to the illegals:

Pace said Pro’s Ranch Market gave terminated employees packets containing an immigration resource list, parting message from the company’s president and a $250 grocery gift card.

Does this sound like a company which is upset about being duped by its former employees?  A $250 grocery gift card and an immigration resource list?  If you ran a company and found a substantial number of your employees had lied to you about their background, would you be patting them on the back and giving them gifts as they walked out the door?  Seems like the grocery chain regrets having to let them go.  After all, I’m sure the illegals were only doing jobs Americans wouldn’t do (yes, I’m being sarcastic here).