SANCTUARY CITIES AND STATES
NORTH DAKOTA IS NOT A SANCTUARY STATE
Session brings little action on immigration bills
AP - Sunday, May 25, 2008 Several proposals designed to get tougher on illegal immigration went nowhere during the 2008 legislative session. ...
Immigrants hired results in sentence
FARGO (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to forfeit $45,450 for hiring illegal immigrants at a construction site in Grand Forks.
The U.S. attorney's office said Michael Byrd and his company, B&B Masonry Inc. of Tyler, Texas, pleaded guilty to the charge last October.
Authorities said 10 illegal immigrants were brought to Grand Forks by B&B Masonry and Byrd was providing motel rooms for them in 2006. They investigated further, and found Byrd was hiring large numbers of illegal immigrants for his company, which had finished about 160 restaurant projects around the country.
U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson handed down the sentence in Fargo.
Attorney general says 9 contractors fined $30,500 in roofer probe
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says nine contractors have agreed to pay a total of $30,500 in fines in an investigation of roofing workers in Fargo.
Stenehjem says the investigation last month found unlicensed contractors or subcontractors repairing roofs on Fargo homes after a September hail storm. He says 31 illegal immigrants were taken into custody.
Stenehjem says most of the violations involved unlicensed subcontractors. He says the companies cooperated in the investigation and are working to make sure they follow the law.