More than 30 employees of The BoatHouse Canton did not show up to work over the weekend after Immigration and Customs Enforcement began a review of the restaurant's immigration records, the restaurant's co-owner said.The southeast Baltimore restaurant received a request from ICE to review its I-9 forms on Thursday, said Gene Singleton, who co-owns the BoatHouse. By Friday, many dishwashers, line cooks, food runners, barbacks and other back of the house staff told managers they were "very, very fearful" about coming back, he said.
"We encouraged people to stay but we understood if they felt uncomfortable," Singleton said. "They were fearful of just not knowing what was going to happen and being separated from their families. They said they were going to have to go home and take care of their families."
[More Than 30 Boathouse Canton Employees Leave After Immigration Officials Seeks Documents, Owner Says, by Carrie Wells and Talia Richman, Baltimore Sun, June 26, 2017]
Singleton then released a defamatory statement on Facebook claiming that ICE HSI was targeting the "Hispanic Community."
Strangely, the statement also continued on stating that the "...properly documented and [the] potentially less than properly documented are all fearful of being separated from their families...'
That is a very strange and risible claim. Aliens legally authorized to work in the United States have no fear of deportation unless they commit a deportable offense, usually a criminal act, but could also include support for terrorism. Perhaps Singleton likes to hire criminal aliens who are danger to his customers or he likes to hire Al Qaeda or ISIS terrorists who could also fear deportation for that support, and who are equally dangerous to the customers of the Boathouse. But no legal alien has any fear of deportation. That is the difference between a legal alien and an illegal alien.
But Singleton went a step further from slandering the employees of ICE HSI, he also went on to stated that he and the Boathouse are administering a fund for the illegal aliens who left employment of the Boathouse.
Today I am proud to announce that the Boathouse has created the "Heart of House Fund" to assist our displaced families in their transition.
I am not certain as to the what type of business the Boathouse is: corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC), privately held, or partnership. Regardless of the type, Singleton put his fellow investors in either jeopardy of loss of their investment, and/or criminal and civil liability for using revenue from the restaurant to aid and assist illegal aliens to remain in the United States. The fund that the Boathouse is administering is illegal. Because that fund is set up to assist illegal aliens to remain, all contributors and the administrators of the fund are subject to arrest and indictment for aiding illegal aliens to remain in the United States in violation of Title 8 United States Code, Section 1324, to wit, subsection (a)(1)(A)(iii):
(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;
Furthermore, the part of the statement that speaks about "potentially less than properly documented" implies knowledge of their less than properly documented situation. It is apparent that Singleton and his subordinates who performed the completion of the numerous Form I-9s reasonably knew that the documents and statements provided in support of the Form I-9s were fraudulent and they did nothing about it. That knowledge exposes Singleton and his subordinates to criminal prosecution under Title 8 United States Code, Section 1324a, Unlawful Employment of Aliens. Obviously this Facebook post was not reviewed by a competent attorney. It does say how arrogant the employers of illegal aliens have become, something this writer has documented in the Sanctuary City of San Francisco. [Sanctuary Businesses Throw Down The Gauntlet On May Day, by Federale, Federale Blog, April 30, 2017]
That, however, is good news. It means that Andre Watson, Special Agent-in-Charge, of the Baltimore office, can bring criminal charges against Singleton and other employees of the Boathouse.
You can contact Watson here and encourage him to bring criminal charges to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland:
40 South Gay Street 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD, 21202
Phone: (410) 962-2620
Fax: (410) 962-3469
You can encourage Stephen M. Schenning, Acting United States Attorney, to criminally prosecute Singleton and the corporate entity known as the Boathouse Canton by contacting him here:
36 S. Charles Street 4th Fl.
Baltimore, MD 21201
You can remind Schenning that Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General, has made prosecution of immigration violations a top priority, especially in such blatant and flagrant violations. President Trump and Attorney General Sessions need to make an example of these criminals who employ and support illegal immigration.