Responsibility Rests on the College

by Charles Gardner | 7/26/05 5:00am

To the Editor:

The Hanover Police should be commended for apprehending the six illegal immigrant workers last week ("Officers Find Six Illegal Construction Workers," July 21), but the College's attempt to pin the blame for their presence solely on the subcontractor seems to me a flimsy excuse for poor oversight.

If the College is truly against the hiring of illegals for work on its own construction projects, it should consider performing more rigorous checks of those construction firms that it contracts, rather than simply claiming ignorance and deflecting the blame once such workers are found.

Ultimately it is the responsibility of the federal government to enforce labor laws, but if the College turns a blind eye to the hiring practices of those it contracts, there is little to prevent such a situation from occurring again.