Squaring the Boston Globe has learned that Massachusetts Governor-elect Deval Patrick has taken delivery of his morning newspaper from suspected illegal immigrants. Patrick, an early riser and Boston Globe subscriber, has possibly also waved and said “Gracias” to his Boston Globe carrier when picking up his paper at 5:30 AM in the driveway of his Milton home. Patrick may also have tipped his carrier directly with cash or through a tipping program for newspaper carriers administered by the Boston Globe.
Deval Patrick’s Boston Globe newspaper is delivered to his million dollar home by Publishers Circulation Fulfillment (PCF). PCF has provided distribution services for the Boston Globe since 2001, and provides similar services for the New York Times. Hundreds of Boston area immigrant laborers work with PCF. They obtain batches of Boston Globe newspapers at several distribution centers every day around 3:30AM and deliver them via prescribed routes to Boston Globe subscribers in the greater Boston area, including Deval Patrick. The vast majority of PCF's Boston Globe carriers are immigrants. Their legal status is unknown.
Deval Patrick emerged here to pick up his Boston Globe newspaper, delivered to his door by a firm that uses suspected illegal immigrants.
Squaring the Boston Globe called the PCF job line only to hear a recording ask:
If your prefer English press 1.
If you prefer Spanish, press 2.
If you prefer Portuguese press 3.
Neither PCF nor the Boston Globe could be reached for comment, but in Friday’s Boston Globe another supplier of illegal immigrant labor is quoted as saying that a customer “doesn't have to ask” whether his contractors are legal immigrants because “I'm a company”. Jerry Giordana, the president of PCF has assured the Boston Globe that “It’s your paper. Your subscribers. And our promise to deliver.”
The story of Deval Patrick’s possible encounter with illegal immigrants is part of a recent newspaper reporting trend. The issue of illegal immigrant laborers has been tricky and sometimes damaging to political figures. Last Friday, the Boston Globe disclosed that a firm named Community Lawn Service with a Heart had used at least four illegal immigrants to provide groundskeeping services at the Belmont home of outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Sadly, today nobody knows the legal status of the hundreds of immigrants who deliver the Boston Globe. However Squaring the Boston Globe is certain that the dedicated professionals in the Boston Globe newsroom, who are now alerted to this situation, will investigate the legal status of these newspaper carriers with the same zeal and determination that they showed in the case of Romney’s “contracted” illegal immigrants. When they have completed their usual thorough job of investigative journalism, the public will know for certain whether Deval Patrick has taken his copy of the Boston Globe from the hand of an illegal immigrant.
Full disclosure: PCF has also delivered newspapers to Squaring the Boston Globe. All the Globe carriers who have served Squaring the Boston Globe have been immigrants. Squaring the Boston Globe does not know the legal status of the Globe carriers who have served us. Our carrier left recently to return to his home in Latin America. Unlike the Boston Globe, Squaring the Boston Globe does not have the lavish resources to fly ourselves to Latin America for a single interview to determine if our Globe carrier was in this country legally or not.