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100 Nepalese Workers Missing From Alabama Plant
FOX ^ | 01/31/08 | Unknown

Posted on 01/31/2008 9:54:55 AM PST by Froufrou

About 100 people who came from Nepal to work at a north Alabama factory seemingly vanished from a pair of apartment buildings, along with a lot of furniture and appliances, and can't be located, officials said Tuesday.

Immigration agents are trying to determine what happened to the Nepalese workers, among hundreds brought to the United States to work at a DVD factory operated by Cinram Inc., said Lauren Bethune, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.

"We do not in any way consider it a security threat, but we do think it is important," she said.

A Huntsville television station, WAAY-TV, first reported on the missing workers.

Cinram's human resources director, Peter Hassler, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. But a spokesman for a company that recruited the workers for Cinram said a contact in Nepal believes many of them have returned home.

"Most of the people he was talking to said they came to America, did what they wanted to do and went back home," said Doug Wilson, president of Ambassador Personnel in Thomasville, Ga. "These are people with pretty strong family ties."

Mary and Tim Snopl told the TV station they rented apartments in two buildings last fall to about 240 workers from Nepal. But Mary Snopl said scores of the workers are now missing, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of furniture, televisions and kitchenware.

"I don't know if they're living in Huntsville or somewhere else, I just know they aren't living with us and they aren't working at Cinram," she said.

Wilson said his company was seeking a list of items believed to be missing.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: aliens; dhs; immigrantlist; immigrants; immigration; makecinrampay; manufacturing; missing; nepal
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1 posted on 01/31/2008 9:54:56 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

Shangri-La, Alabama.


2 posted on 01/31/2008 9:56:32 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Froufrou

Yes, it really pays to hire ILLEGALS .... .

Or has the state cracked down on EMPLOYERS hiring ILLEGALS?

Is THAT why they vanished along with the goods?

(Didn’t read the article, suprise me.)


3 posted on 01/31/2008 9:56:51 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Froufrou

100 people from Nepal in one factory? How many people could a DVD factory in Alabama possibly employ?


4 posted on 01/31/2008 9:57:27 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Froufrou

That’s strange, the two seven-elevens that are near where I live are run by Nepalese.


5 posted on 01/31/2008 9:57:54 AM PST by Perdogg (Electing Another Carter to get Another Reagan is a Foolish and Dangerous Strategy)
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To: nmh; dead

I’m waiting for everyone coming in to get a chip implant. That’s the only way we’ll ever be able to keep track of our aliens. Since criminals wear a cuff when they parole or get probation, it’s only a matter of time, I suppose.


6 posted on 01/31/2008 9:58:20 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Vigilanteman

Why are workers from Nepal working in a factory here in America in the first place?

Something is wrong with this story.


7 posted on 01/31/2008 9:58:37 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Froufrou

Therre was a big stink raised about bringing them here in the first place.

My first guess is that if they took refrigerators and sofas and other furniture, they weren’t flying out of Huntsville Intl Airport. Smart money says they didn’t return to Nepal.


8 posted on 01/31/2008 9:59:08 AM PST by WayneM (Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.)
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To: Froufrou
Cinram . . . said it turned to foreign workers because the area job market couldn't fill its needs.

They mean that local workers weren't willing to work at $8 an hour and no benefits, more likely.

Somehow I find it hard to believe that these Nepalese took a whole bunch of stolen furniture with them and flew back to Nepal with it.

9 posted on 01/31/2008 9:59:30 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Froufrou
Related link....

Finger-Pointing Continues Over Missing Foreign Workers at Cinram (100 Nepal workers missing in AL)

10 posted on 01/31/2008 10:00:36 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Froufrou

The problem is they SNEAK IN.

Can’t implant anyone if you can’t get your hands on them.

We’ll wind up getting the implants and they won’t!


11 posted on 01/31/2008 10:02:05 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Froufrou

It amazes me how little anybody knows in this story.

The landlords have no clue where they went, but know they took the landlord’s property with them. The employer can’t figure it out, it appears. Unsurprisingly, DHS is utterly clueless that these people exist in the first place. And the “reporter” is uncurious about the whole thing.


12 posted on 01/31/2008 10:02:40 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Don't trust anyone who canít take a joke. [Congressman BillyBob])
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To: Froufrou

Damn that sneaky immigration enforcement run off the cheap help.


13 posted on 01/31/2008 10:02:48 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: WayneM

I’d like to know how they got LARGE ITEMS out with no one noticing? Something stinks here ... .


14 posted on 01/31/2008 10:03:01 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Thanks for the summary.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION pisses me off.


16 posted on 01/31/2008 10:03:52 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Froufrou

“Pete, do you have them? I don’t have them.” Doug Wilson, president of Ambassador Personnel
“No, I thought you had them? Where’d they go, Doug?” Cinram’s human resources director, Peter Hassler


17 posted on 01/31/2008 10:04:31 AM PST by tumblindice (Canklesaurus Regina)
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To: John Williams

“At one point, INS came in and cleared out the factory’s illegal mexican contingent. It was funny to hear the multitude of “now hiring” ads placed on the radio afterwards.”

Did they deport them?

Fine the EMPLOYER?


18 posted on 01/31/2008 10:04:51 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Cyber Liberty; nmh; mewzilla; Cicero

I swear, I did a search. I think it’s preposterous that ‘nobody knows anything.’


19 posted on 01/31/2008 10:07:09 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Cicero
Maybe had a massive yard sale to get plane fare?

vaudine

20 posted on 01/31/2008 10:09:08 AM PST by vaudine (RO)
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