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Article posted: 4/21/2013 6:11 AM

Immigrant rulebreakers get an edge

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In this Monday, April 15, 2013, photo, Consuelo Gomez, of the facilities management company "Marty K" poses for a photo, in the company's offices in Bellevue, Wash. When space on the company's white boards is scarce in her small office, she sometimes uses the window to run the numbers of her small business.

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In this Monday, April 15, 2013, photo, Consuelo Gomez, of the facilities management company "Marty K" poses for a photo, Monday, April 15, 2013, in the company's warehouse in Bellevue, Wash. The firm provides janitorial and other services to customers.

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There's a little talked about problem that a lot of small business owners say makes survival difficult. Competing with companies that hire immigrants who aren't authorized to work in the U.S. is tough for a small business that follows the law because of the cost. Often, businesses pay ineligible workers less, and they also save on taxes.
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    • In this Monday, April 15, 2013, photo, Consuelo Gomez, of the facilities management company “Marty K” poses for a photo, in the company’s offices in Bellevue, Wash. When space on the company’s white boards is scarce in her small office, she sometimes uses the window to run the numbers of her small business.
    • In this Monday, April 15, 2013, photo, Consuelo Gomez, of the facilities management company “Marty K” poses for a photo, Monday, April 15, 2013, in the company’s warehouse in Bellevue, Wash. The firm provides janitorial and other services to customers.
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