Do You Feel Sorry For Americans Caught Hiring Illegal Immigrants?

The owner of Annapolis Painting Services pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to knowingly employing illegal immigrants and then laundering the proceeds from that unlawful activity.
Robert Bontempo Jr., 47, of Annapolis’ Bay Ridge community, faces up to 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines when sentenced Sept. 4 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, where yesterday’s proceedings were held.
“If we want to give law-abiding businesses a fair chance to compete, it is essential that we prosecute employers who profit by hiring illegal aliens off the books,” U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said in a prepared statement.
Bontempo, who remains free until sentencing, forfeited a large portion of those profits yesterday. Prosecutors said that when Bontempo entered into the plea agreement, he agreed to give up seven homes, 10 vehicles – many of which are used by his painting crews – and more than $26,000 in five separate bank accounts.

Is This Another Good Reason Why We Should Be Denying Licenses To Illegal Immigrants?

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — In an online Spanish language chat room, people from all over the East Coast seek tips on how to get driver’s licenses in Maryland even though they don’t live there.
Businesses run classified ads in Spanish-language publications in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland urging “undocumented Hispanic friends” to take advantage of the opportunity to get Maryland ID without having to prove they’re in the country legally.
In one case, Maryland motor vehicle officials say, 68 different people applying for licenses and IDs gave the same address for an 800-square-foot home in Baltimore.
Maryland is one of just four states – and the only one east of the Mississippi – where people don’t have to prove they’re legal U.S. residents to get driver’s licenses. Some lawmakers are pushing to change that this year, arguing that Maryland’s rules make it a target for fraud by undocumented people from all over the U.S.
But advocates here and in other states with similar rules – Hawaii, New Mexico and Washington – argue that allowing illegal immigrants to get state-issued identification gives police broader databases to use when investigating crimes and increases the rate of auto insurance coverage.
“It makes the streets safer for all of us,” said Delegate Jolene Ivey, a Democrat from Prince George’s County who supports continued access to Maryland licenses for undocumented residents.
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What Will Happen If These Bill Were Passed For Illegal Immigrants?

I just saw this on Fox News in Baltimore:
Tonight in Annapolis, demonstrators are expected to show their support for a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges. But, there’s another bill under consideration that would prohibit illegal immigrants from getting a drivers license in the state
Will there be more traffic accidents if we give the illegal license? Do you think it’s fair to give these benefits to the illegals?