The biggest case of the day came at a construction site in Laguna Hills.
By the time it was over, Roy L. McDaniel, who said he had just recently started his own dry-wall installation firm, had been given a $1,700 citation after Loughlin determined that McDaniel had hired four illegals for $4 an hour, had paid them in cash and had not provided them with benefits.
McDaniel, who runs Southern Counties Dry Walling in Newhope, said installing dry wall in the warehouse under construction was his first big job since he formed his company recently.
He admitted to Loughlin that he had picked up the men in Orange and said that it was the first time he had hired illegal residents.
But Aurelio Barrera, one of the four men working at the site, told a reporter that this was the second day they had worked for McDaniel. Later McDaniel, still not realizing that he was liable for a $100-a-day fine for each man that he admitted hiring, told Loughlin that he had hired illegal laborers for the past two weeks.
As Loughlin wrote out the citation, McDaniel expressed his concern.
"I'm a first-time offender," he said. "I just got into business, and I know very little (about the law)."
Unimpressed, Loughlin gave him a stern lecture.
"You got no business hiring people until you get licensed. And you shouldn't treat them that way," Loughlin told him. "Deductions get taken out of my own paycheck, and I'll be damned if someone is going to try and get away with it. You got to pay these people properly."
Then Loughlin walked over to the workers and in broken Spanish told them that they "were not in trouble with me" and advised them of their rights when accepting a job.
For laborer Florentino Torres, the incident turned amusing, especially when he learned that he and his friends would not be deported. Torres said he had been among those deported a month ago in the first wave of Orange Police Department sweeps on Chapman Avenue.
"I expect to go to Tijuana every so often," he said.