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Mitt’s kind of got a situation.

Remember last week, when he told Rudy that he had no way of knowing that the people who worked for the lawn service he used at the "sanctuary mansion" were not in the country legally?

Well, as it turns out, he wasn’t really looking all that hard

Less than a week after former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney defended himself during a debate against accusations that he had hired a company that used illegal immigrants to care for his lawn as governor, Romney’s campaign announced that today he fired the same lawn care company for again employing illegal immigrants.

In a statement, Romney said that he had given the company a second chance a year ago, allowing it to continue work on his house in Massachusetts with the understanding that it would not employ undocumented immigrants. His statement today came after the Boston Globe presented evidence to the campaign that the lawn care company employed undocumented workers.

“The company’s failure to comply with the law is disappointing and inexcusable, and I believe it is important I take this action,” Romney said in the statement.

He also released a copy of the short letter of termination he sent to Mr. Ricardo Saenz of Community Lawn Service.

“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,” the letter stated. “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.”

So his principles don’t allow him to continue to employ a company which hires undocumented workers, particularly since he was nice enough to continue to employ the company after he found out that they hired undocumented workers.

Why Mr. Romney thinks hiring unskilled, undocumented workers is bad

The increasing tide of illegal immigration has eroded Americans’ faith in the rule of law, put great pressure on our health and education systems, and compromised our national security as our ability to secure our border is questioned around the world. This tide of illegal immigration has made a mockery of our legal immigration system and been fundamentally unfair to those legal immigrants who play by the rules as they wait patiently to pursue the American dream…

I was at the San Diego border and met with our Border Patrol agents. They told me that more than a half of those that try and come across those fences are able to do so. They said there’s no way to stop them at the border, unless you close down the magnets. And the magnets are sanctuary cities and having employers sign people up that have come here illegally to do work here. You have to end sanctuary cities. You have to cut back on federal funding to cities that continue to call themselves sanctuary cities and welcome people in, as New York has done. And you have to say to employers that hire people illegally, ‘That’s also going to be sanctioned.’

Specifically, he thinks we ought to

Improve Interior Enforcement. Provide resources to enforce immigration laws throughout the nation, and crackdown on employers who continue to hire illegals with stiffer fines and penalties.

Until then, Mitt’s just going to have to count on the Boston Globe to keep him honest.

"It just drives me nuts, I have to be honest with you, when politicians get up and talk about their personal life, and then say, ‘Oh, everybody makes mistakes,’ " Romney said.

"Well, everybody makes mistakes, but not everybody asks to be president of the United States, and not everybody asks to be a United States senator, or a United States congressman. And when you ask for those responsibilities, then we expect you to live by a higher standard of conduct."

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