The Del Paso Country Club â" the exclusive playground of Sacramento's elite for nearly a century â" has terminated 13 undocumented employees identified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The invitation-only club at 3333 Marconi Ave., featuring a championship golf course, fitness center, pools and dining room, had been audited by ICE, said general manager Bob Kunz.
The terminated undocumented workers represented "a broad range across the club," Kunz said, including food and beverage workers, groundskeepers and employees working at the fitness center and the administrative offices.
Kunz said only 13 of 110 workers audited couldn't provide legal documents. They "either chose to leave or were terminated," Kunz said, adding that ICE didn't levy any penalties against the 150- acre club that has hosted national golf tournaments since it opened in 1916.
The club was originally part of the 44,000-acre Rancho Del Paso, established under Mexican rule in 1844. In 1859, James Ben Ali Haggin and Lloyd Tevis transformed it from a cattle ranch and farm into a breeding ground for thoroughbreds, including 1886 Kentucky Derby winner Ben Ali.
By the end of June, ICE had initiated 2,196 nationwide inspections of worker eligibility forms known as I-9s in fiscal year 2012, said spokeswoman Virginia Kice. "Since the 1980s, all employers are required to keep I-9s for their workers."
The ICE audits are triggered by tips from the public, other employers, ex-employees or law enforcement agents, Kice said, adding that unless ICE can prove the employers had prior knowledge that they were hiring undocumented workers, no enforcement action is taken.
"Our pingpong ball came up," said Kunz, who gave no details about those terminated. "We've wrapped up the matter and we're moving forward."
Call The Bee's Stephen Magagnini, (916) 321-1072.
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
â¢ Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
â¢ Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
â¢ Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
â¢ Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
â¢ Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
â¢ Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
â¢ Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
â¢ Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
â¢ Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.