Richard Jones, Sheriff of Butler County in Ohio, responded to the following question in a Dec. 6, 2007 email stating:

"Should employers who unknowingly hire illegal aliens be penalized?

“If they are TRULY hiring illegal aliens unknowingly, then no. But… if they knowingly hire them or try to go around the system or turn a blind eye to it, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. As an example: If an employer hires a ‘Father and son’ and there is only ONE (1) year difference in their age – that should be a sign of ‘turning a blind eye.”

Dec. 6, 2007