LA City Workers Arrested for Alleged Immigration Violations

AP, May 17, 2006

LOS ANGELES—Eight workers at the city’s Department of Water and Power have been arrested because they were unauthorized to work in the United States, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

The agency arrested five people Tuesday and had previously arrested three others as part of a yearlong review of the utility’s employment records by the agency and the utility itself.

The workers held both blue collar and management jobs, according to an ICE statement. All had been with the company for at least three years and one made more than $100,000 a year.

The joint investigation was part of a larger effort by ICE to root out unauthorized workers with access to critical infrastructure like nuclear plants and water supplies, though the agency emphasized that none of the arrested had known terrorist ties.

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