Feds Arrest Illegal Immigrants At Airport

AP, Nov. 29, 2006

Federal authorities today arrested six illegal immigrants who had security badges that gave them access to restricted areas at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, including the tarmac.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Marc Raimondi says the men are all from Mexico and all employed by T.C. Drywall, based in Alpharetta.

Raimondi said the men were hired to install drywall inside the airport’s secure area. He said they will be deported to Mexico.

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Since March 2003, immigration agents have conducted operations at 196 U.S. airports and audited nearly 6,000 businesses. Raimondi says the effort has identified more than 5,800 unauthorized airport workers and prompted the arrests of 1,100 illegal workers.

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