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California Action Targets Hiring Of Illegal Immigrants Under California’s Unfair Competition Statute

Peter Prengaman of The Associated Press last night reported that a lawsuit has been filed in California by a company, Global Horizons, claiming that another company, Munger Bros., breached an agreement to hire 600 blueberry pickers so that it could instead hire illegal immigrants from two competing temporary placement agencies, Ayala Agricultural Services and J & A Contractors. Prengaman reports that the complaint is premised on California’s unfair competition laws, and quotes the President of Global Horizon as stating that “[the] hiring of illegal immigrants is hurting our business badly.” In essence, the complaint seeks to enforce immigration laws. The lawsuit could be a harbinger of things to come, as at least one attorney believes additional lawsuits targeting illegal immigration, on the grounds that competitors realize an unfair advantage from using illegal immigrants, will soon follow.