Posted on November 21, 2005

Arrest of 125 Illegal Aliens at Wal-Mart Distribution Center

Michael Rubinkam, AP, Nov. 19

SCRANTON, Pa.—Federal officials say the arrest of 125 workers at a construction site for a new Wal-Mart distribution center should serve as a warning to employers who hire illegal immigrants.

All 125 workers arrested in the raid will be deported, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials said Friday. The workers from Mexico and Central America were detained Thursday at the site outside Pottsville, about 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

“Employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens, and those who utilize false documents to gain employment, face significant criminal and administrative charges,” said John Kelleghan, acting special agent-in-charge for the immigration agency in Pennsylvania.

Some of the 125 workers, who are from Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, used fake documents to obtain employment with subcontractors, officials said. The arrests came after search warrants were executed for six companies at the site.

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