In Wednesday arguments that were supposed to draw the Supreme Court into some of the immigration issues causing controversy across the nation, Mohawk Industries' employees claimed the company's hiring of illegal aliens depressed wages and amounted to racketeering as defined under RICO. Instead, immigration was barely mentioned, as arguments quickly devolved into a dense debate over the RICO statute's ambiguous wording and whether a corporation can be part of a separate "enterprise" covered by the law.
High Court Avoids Immigration, Focuses on RICO's Application to Business Relationships
April 27, 2006
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