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How's he doing now?


ummm...he became a millionaire (an actual millionaire, no exaggeration) off the backs of his workers. They were largely deported after spending days in a crummy county jail while he had a great defense lawyer and an ankle bracelet. He had to give up the house he bought with his ill-=gotten gains, but none of the money he sent to his siblings in India? Feel sorry for the workers, not the owner; he got off light comparatively speaking.


yes, but his food was delicious.


Okay, I guess I am going to start.

I take issue with convicting Chettiar for doing something that nearly every single U.S. company already does, which is hire immigrants who aren't exactly here on a work visa. The first judge chose not to make an example of him--likely the intention of law enforcement--because it was (legality aside for a moment) unfair. Both employers and employees are very aware of the consequences of working in this country illegally/hiring illegals but it's historically been unlikely that operations would get shut down and workers would get deported.

Chettiar provided free food and housing to his employees, allowing them to send nearly all of the money they made to their families back home in Mexico. He even brought a couple of them to see an immigration lawyer to help start legalization proceedings. During deposition, not one employee had anything negative to say about Chettiar. His mistakes were not asking them to provide documentation of any kind upon hiring, and always paying them in cash.

I'm not certain, but I believe Chettiar will be eligible to apply for readmission to the U.S. I hope he does, I hope Big G lets him in, and I hope he opens up another amazing Indian restaurant.

And I've been to that jail and it's really not that crummy.


i actually hope he comes back too; his version of udupi was better than the replacement. and yes, in the larger scheme of things he was a decent employer. My point was mainly that the workers are far bigger victims in this (maybe you've "been to that jail and it's really not that crummy, but try going as a Tamil speaker without a translator, a clue, or a friend to call, never knowing when you might get out...significantly crummier experience) and that Manappal was in a position to spare them much of this trouble. Feeding your employees and housing them does not entitle you to work them 12 hours a day. The fact that they had good things to say about him shows that he's relatively decent and that their working conditions beat those in Mexico and South India. Is that really the bar?

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