December 1, 2006


Illegal immigrants toiled for governor (Jonathan Saltzman and Maria Cramer of the Globe staff and by Globe correspondent Connie Paige and was written by Saltzman, December 1, 2006, Boston Globe)

Outside his aqua-colored concrete house here, Rene Alvarez Rosales paused under an almond tree to answer questions about a subject with which he has surprising familiarity: Governor Mitt Romney's Belmont lawn.

For about eight years, Rosales said, he worked on and off landscaping the grounds at Romney's home, occasionally getting a "buenos dias" from Romney or a drink of water from his wife, Ann.

"She is very nice," said Rosales, 49.

About 6 miles away in Copado, a 37-year-old man who recently returned to Guatemala from the United States told a similar story, describing long days tending Romney's 2 1/2-acre grounds.

"They wanted that house to look really nice," said the worker, who asked to remain anonymous. "It took a long time."

As Governor Mitt Romney explores a presidential bid, he has grown outspoken in his criticism of illegal immigration. But, for a decade, the governor has used a landscaping company that relies heavily on workers like these, illegal Guatemalan immigrants, to maintain the grounds surrounding his pink Colonial house on Marsh Street in Belmont.

No one hates imnmigrants enough to do their house work or encourage their own kids to grow up to be fruit pickers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 1, 2006 8:44 AM

"grown outspoken in his criticism of illegal immigration"

Ah, now I see why the NROniks are having a live affair with him.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 1, 2006 10:19 AM

At NRO, Kathryn Lopez (who I really like) has been the most enthusiastic Romney supporter. Will ex-illegal alien and self-appointed skunk at the garden party John Derbyshire start a catfight over this in the Corner?

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 1, 2006 12:45 PM