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LA city workers arrested for alleged immigration violations
AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | AP - Los Angeles

Posted on 05/17/2006 10:29:12 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

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.

All of the arrested workers - nationals of Ethiopia, Nigeria, El Salvador and Mexico whose names were not released - had come to the United States legally. Some, however, had visas that did not authorize them to work and two were legal residents with criminal convictions that made them eligible for deportation, the statement said.

The DWP was not accused of knowingly hiring illegal workers, and the agency participated fully in the investigation that examined the records of over 7000 employees, ICE said.

"In many cases, companies such as DWP seek to hire legal workers, only to have their efforts undermined by employees who present counterfeit documents or knowingly violate the conditions of their admission," said Julie L. Myers, Homeland Security's assistant secretary for the immigration and customs agency.

"When a person uses fraud or false documents to obtain a job, they mask not only their true identities, but also their motives and in some cases, their criminal history."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; alleged; arrested; california; cityworkers; losangeles; violations

1 posted on 05/17/2006 10:29:15 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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2 posted on 05/17/2006 10:30:19 AM PDT by gubamyster
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To: NormsRevenge

$100,000 a year? No wonder they want to come here. Still, it seems unlikely you couldn't find an American or two to work for $100,000 a year.


3 posted on 05/17/2006 10:30:52 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: NormsRevenge
They needn't worry. The ICE will give them that famous notice to disappear. Odds are they'll still be in this country in a year's time.

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

4 posted on 05/17/2006 10:31:13 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: NormsRevenge
All had been with the company for at least three years and one made more than $100,000 a year.

jobs americans won't do obviously.
5 posted on 05/17/2006 10:31:25 AM PDT by leakinInTheBlueSea
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To: mlc9852

Jus' a doin' the jobs no American wants to do, doncha know, Senor.


6 posted on 05/17/2006 10:33:20 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: NormsRevenge
...and one made more than $100,000 a year.

Heck, that was probably a minority-hire as well.
So that was probably a bargain at >$100K.
7 posted on 05/17/2006 10:34:39 AM PDT by VOA
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To: NormsRevenge

I saw this on the news last night - it seems like it was a government official who said "they provided a social security card and a drivers license what more could the company have done?"


They said they were being deported - no sob stories about the families left behind though.


8 posted on 05/17/2006 10:34:58 AM PDT by justche ("Art, like morality, consists of drawing a line somewhere." G. K. Chesterton)
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To: NormsRevenge

8 down 39,000,991 to go....or something like that


9 posted on 05/17/2006 10:36:15 AM PDT by Fighting Irish
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To: NormsRevenge
All of the arrested workers - nationals of Ethiopia, Nigeria, El Salvador and Mexico whose names were not released - had come to the United States legally. Some, however, had visas that did not authorize them to work and two were legal residents with criminal convictions that made them eligible for deportation, the statement said.

..now how does that go? Doing jobs Americans won't do

Doogle

10 posted on 05/17/2006 10:36:30 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF...8th TFW...Ubon Thailand...408thMMS..."69"...Night Line Delivery...AMMO!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

A year-long investigation?
We're not going to get much
done at that pace!


11 posted on 05/17/2006 10:36:55 AM PDT by Grendel9 (u)
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To: justche

company? this is the City of Los Angeles! I am sure the Mayor doesnt see anything wrong with it.

Plus, 100k is the tip of the ice berg. They get full pensions, zero deductible health care, etc.


12 posted on 05/17/2006 10:38:48 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: NormsRevenge

To ALL

We have lost the Senate.

Write or call your Representative in the House!

They must hold, or life as we know it in the US will change forever.

Quit bitching and start calling or writing.

We MAY be able to stop this.


13 posted on 05/17/2006 10:38:54 AM PDT by EEDUDE (A penny saved is......a penny Congress overlooked.)
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To: mlc9852

I bet you could get 2 Americans to fill that 100k a yr job at 50k apiece.


14 posted on 05/17/2006 10:39:51 AM PDT by sheana
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To: sheana

LOL - I'm pretty sure you could.


15 posted on 05/17/2006 10:40:50 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: NormsRevenge

¿Los Ángeles no es una ciudad del santuario?


16 posted on 05/17/2006 10:42:51 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas-beyond your expectations!)
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To: NormsRevenge

"Eight workers at the city's Department of Water and Power"

Of course, there was never any sort of terrorist risk.
No chance that Los Angeles would be deprived of the water that makes
it's existence possible.
Or the power for the computers that run the commercial enterprise of
the place.
(end sarcasm)

Below is the link to a summary on the Islamic group that got shut down
in my parent's town.
My parents got to see the FBI posse raid the home of the leader of the group
(no mention of the group in the local media since...liberal
university town and alma mater of Walter Cronkite, dontchaknow?)

What was the day-job of the leader of the group?
Worked in the water resouces management department of the county.

http://www.discoverthenetwork.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6408


17 posted on 05/17/2006 10:45:46 AM PDT by VOA
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To: NormsRevenge

My letter to the President, faxed today.

President George W. Bush FAX: 202-456-2461

Regarding: Illegal Immigration 5/17/2006

Dear Mr. President;

I worked on both of your campaigns and chaired the communications committee of my county campaign in 2004. I am a solid conservative and have supported you through times when I was less than pleased with your policies because I know you are a good man.

I have to confess, I am at a point of utter disillusionment with your latest move to provide “Immigration Reform”. I do not believe it is appropriate to reform immigration by opening our borders to more people who refuse to speak our language or accept our culture. I do not believe it serves the interest of our nation to create more division through bilingualism and multiculturalism.

Rather than reform our immigration laws, how about ENFORCING the existing ones.

I find your argument of seeking a “rational middle ground” insincere.

Very few people, if any, actually believe we should round up 12 million people and force them back over the border. To suggest such is absurd!

Instead, we should immediately;
1) Enforce the border and prevent further incursions
2) Enforce the law and stop allowing employers to hire illegals
3) Enforce immigration laws on felons and criminals by deportation
4) Immediately stop providing education, health and welfare benefits to illegals
5) Immediately declare all children born of illegal immigrants non-citizens. The 14th amendment does not mandate granting citizenship to anyone born in the states through illegal means. If it is interpreted this way, we should change it.
6) Influence the Mexican Government to clean up its corruption so these people have an opportunity *within their own country* to be successful.
7) When all is said and done above, then we can have a guest worker program that punishes those who cheat and rewards those who follow the rules. But those who have already broken the rules should be given demerits in obtaining a guest worker status and those who return to Mexico and follow the rules should be given preference.

I think this is a common sense proposal. I have to believe there are ulterior motives for even suggesting we should bring in more Mexicans to the USA and especially those who refuse to accept our language or culture.


18 posted on 05/17/2006 10:46:00 AM PDT by Paloma_55 (Still MAD as HELL!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Why bother? Bush, Frist and the Democrats will grant them amnesty, insource 10's of millions more above that, all to help their corporate benefactors.

Lower and Middle class American lifestyles are an excess cost and "over". Either get rich or get a government sinecure now. America is being salvaged for parts.


19 posted on 05/17/2006 10:47:43 AM PDT by Shermy (Read my lips. No new amnesty.)
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To: Grendel9
A year-long investigation?
We're not going to get much done at that pace!


See, that's why we should just have open-borders.
It's just too darn expensive to track down people "doing jobs
Americans won't do".
I'm sure Vicente would agree with that.
(end levity)
20 posted on 05/17/2006 10:47:57 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Paloma_55

Relax.
Once these folks at the LADWP learn English, settle up their back-taxes
and pay a fine...
It will all be A-OK.

The President told me so a few days ago.


21 posted on 05/17/2006 10:49:45 AM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA

"See, that's why we should just have open-borders"

That's the beauty of the "virutal fence." No one is stopped, they get over the border, much more expensive and costs will be cut, voila! Sucker voters think they're getting a "fence" with warm feelings of security, while the flow of "labor" goes full force with a minor "bump."

Globalists and class-warriors like Bush are clever folk - or someone thought it up for him.


22 posted on 05/17/2006 10:52:18 AM PDT by Shermy (Read my lips. No new amnesty.)
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To: Shermy
Ummmm...you can thank the Senate for the "virtual fence" crap, don't blame Bush, he supported the House bill:

A recent immigration reform bill passed by the House in December is drawing sharp criticism for its provision mandating the construction of a fence along the nearly 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexican border. President Bush has spoken in favor of the bill authored by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), known as the Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. Bush has already signed legislation appropriating more than $70 million to install new barriers and improve existing protective infrastructure along the border. This includes fencing as well as vehicle barriers and lighting to enhance border security.

Source

The arses in the Senate are the ones whining that a physical fence will cost too much and would send a "negative message" to Mexico:

Senators writing an immigration bill argued Wednesday over whether an actual or "virtual" fence should be built along parts of the nearly 2,000-mile border between the United States and Mexico.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has proposed a "virtual" fence, using cameras and other technology to monitor illegal traffic, as part of an immigration bill.

But Republicans were split on his proposal, which stands in contrast to one passed by the House late last year calling for 700 miles of fencing at heavily trafficked areas on the southwestern border and study of a possible fence along the Canadian border.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, whose state shares the longest border with Mexico, said border fencing would be a "dramatically negative message" for the U.S. to send its neighbors.

"It may well cost billions of dollars to provide such a barrier or fence wall between our countries, assuming it was practically possible," Cornyn said.

More whining at the source.
23 posted on 05/17/2006 11:03:31 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: NormsRevenge

These don't sound like "jobs Americans won't do."


24 posted on 05/17/2006 11:08:25 AM PDT by trubluolyguy (If its such a great idea, lets see how well the capital and white house do with a virtual fence.)
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To: Shermy
[ America is being salvaged for parts. ]

Exactly.. Funny how the last thing on republican officials minds is/are, Voter Fraud.. Must be "somehow" voting is controlled already.. 20 to 30 million new democrats will not effect the outcome.. because its all controlled..

Could explain why they do not care about Voter fraud.. When democrats maybe even republican voter fraud is a controlled thing.. Nothing to worry about evidently, what will happen is supposed to happen..

Could explain the last few elections.. and maybe the next few too..
And could explain why republicans generally could care less about massive KNOWN democrat voter fraud..

The Globalists seem to be in power in both partys.. Like in the Clinton era, you are either a team player or you are DEAD.. or ejected.. i.e. Porter Goss..

25 posted on 05/17/2006 11:14:26 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: ravingnutter

I heard Rove say it, so it's Bush's position.

"don't blame Bush, he supported the House bill:"

Oh yeah, that Immigration bill. He "supported" it, at first. He lied again. Privilege of the Presidency.

don't read the following if you have high blood pressure:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/02/09/MNGOKB837T1.DTL


26 posted on 05/17/2006 11:31:14 AM PDT by Shermy (Read my lips. No new amnesty.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Not a surprise. The workers employed by L.A. County to take care of trimming the trees on our block's shared utility easement didn't even speak English. I had to assure them there was no "perro" in my yard.

Sheesh.

27 posted on 05/17/2006 11:44:31 AM PDT by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: Shermy

You heard Rove say what about the fence? Also, your link is about border patrol...it has nothing to do with the fence. Quit trying to change the subject.


28 posted on 05/17/2006 11:45:34 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Shermy
"Bush budget scraps 9,790 border patrol agents"

Arrgh! My blood pressure! Where's my medicine?

29 posted on 05/17/2006 1:37:20 PM PDT by Sender (“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.” – Old Chinese proverb)
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