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Mormonism? What About the Sanctuary Mansion?

Mitt Romney’s campaign has just sent out notice that Romney has fired the lawn-service company that employed illegal aliens – making Romney’s home a “sanctuary mansion,” in the words of Rudy Giuliani’s attack at last week’s Republican debate.  “Today, I fired a landscaping company that I learned was employing people who are not permitted to work here in the United States,” Romney said in a statement.  “After this same issue arose last year, I gave the company a second chance with very specific conditions. They were instructed to make sure people working for the company were of legal status. We personally met with the company in order to inform them about the importance of this matter.  The owner of the company guaranteed us, in very certain terms, that the company would be in total compliance with the law going forward. The company’s failure to comply with the law is disappointing and inexcusable, and I believe it is important I take this action.”

Romney also released the text of his letter to Ricardo Saenz of Community Lawn Service in Chelsea, Massachusetts:

Dear Mr. Saenz:

Today I learned that employees of your company, who were assigned to work on my property, are not permitted to work in the United States. Given your company’s disregard for the clear instructions provided on this issue last year, I am forced to terminate my contract with your company, effective immediately.  My family will no longer utilize your services and all scheduled visits are cancelled as of today.

I am disappointed that our relationship must end on this note, but we simply cannot tolerate your inability to ensure that your employees are legally permitted to work in the United  States.  Thank you for your assistance.


Mitt Romney


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