Immigration agency targets upscale San Diego restaurant - latimes.com
Federal officials hope the prosecution of Michel Malecot, owner of San Diego's French Gourmet, will deter other employers from knowingly hiring undocumented workers. Malecot has pleaded not guilty.
The indictment reflects a new approach by federal authorities as they crack down on the hiring of illegal immigrants in the United States. After years of conducting sweeps of undocumented laborers, the federal government is now focusing more on the employers who knowingly hire them.