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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.

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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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To: Froufrou

The Dalai Lama teleported them back home.


21 posted on 01/31/2008 10:09:08 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: Froufrou

They can’t even get their Javascript on their web site right (try using the menu on the left-hand side):

http://www.cinram.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinram


22 posted on 01/31/2008 10:11:45 AM PST by jdm (A Hunter Thompson ticket would be suicide.)
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To: Cicero

Cinram is currently valued at over 2 billion dollars.

Just damn!


23 posted on 01/31/2008 10:12:37 AM PST by jdm (A Hunter Thompson ticket would be suicide.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"Why are workers from Nepal working in a factory here in America in the first place?"

Many East Europeans come here (Alabama) annually to work in the tourist hotels/resorts, etc.

24 posted on 01/31/2008 10:13:32 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Froufrou
Bethune said about 100 immigrants were believed to be missing. Agents are trying to determine exactly what type of visas they used to enter the United States.

"It's possible that they had work visas, they expired, and they went home," she said.

Most people have better record-keeping systems for their recipes than these incompetents.

25 posted on 01/31/2008 10:18:43 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Froufrou

To paraphrase that great American Ron White... They took off! They took off! They took the f**k off!


26 posted on 01/31/2008 10:26:00 AM PST by Southern Partisan ("Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less." ----R. E. Lee)
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To: Froufrou

Workforce, Dec, 2000

How Cinram Hired a Heap of Help—in a Hurry.; Millenium Search Inc. - Cinram Inc. Huntsville, Alabama

Cinram had to hire an extra 500 employees in seven weeks.


27 posted on 01/31/2008 10:26:17 AM PST by kcvl
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To: blam

>>”Why are workers from Nepal working in a factory here in America in the first place?”
Many East Europeans come here (Alabama) annually to work in the tourist hotels/resorts, etc.<<

Nepal is not located in Eastern Europe. The Himalayss are no where near the Carpathian Mountains.


28 posted on 01/31/2008 10:29:27 AM PST by alexander_busek
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To: Froufrou
This was a big issue last fall,here in Huntsville.Cinram said they couldn't find workers in the area,so they hired 1350 H2B visa employees.Mo' Brooks and Glenn Watson were the only councilmen to give this a second thought.

Some workers are from Jamaica,Nepal,Bolivia,and Ukraine.Mo' Brooks was mad because Cinram was given special tax breaks in order to locate in Hunstville,to provide local jobs.Those tax breaks were $300,000 in 2007.

29 posted on 01/31/2008 10:30:25 AM PST by quack
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To: Madame Dufarge; Southern Partisan; mewzilla

Yeah, my recipes are strewn all over just one cabinet. But I can find ‘em. I’d like to know why the temp agency is off the hook for this.


30 posted on 01/31/2008 10:30:32 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Cailleach

ping


31 posted on 01/31/2008 10:34:28 AM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: alexander_busek
"Nepal is not located in Eastern Europe. The Himalayss are no where near the Carpathian Mountains."

I'm very aware of that. My sons girlfriend (UC Davis) works for USAID in Katmandu.

I've sailed completely around the world four times. You?

32 posted on 01/31/2008 10:42:49 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Froufrou

From WIKI:

Until 2006, Nepal, with over eighty percent of its population Hindu, was officially a Hindu state, the only one in the world. On May 18, 2006, Nepal was declared a secular state. On December 28, 2007, the interim parliament passed a bill and declared Nepal to be a federal democratic republic.[3] The current king, Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, will be the last king of Nepal if the present ruling parties win the April 2008 elections.

>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.<

Since these people were recruited it seems a change in rule has occurred; can they even go home now?

Didn’t they make a movie about some poor sap who had to live in an airport because of a coup in his home country while he was in flight to visit America?


33 posted on 01/31/2008 10:51:14 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Froufrou

Great, now there’s a shortage of sherpas in Alabama. That will ruin the local mountaineering economy.


34 posted on 01/31/2008 10:54:11 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Old Professer
The Terminal, Tom Hanks

"An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there."

35 posted on 01/31/2008 10:57:02 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Froufrou

“Mary and Tim Snopl told the TV station they rented apartments in two buildings last fall to about 240 workers from Nepal.”

Apartments in TWO buildings for 240 people? My, how cozy.


36 posted on 01/31/2008 10:59:15 AM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Froufrou

Call Skip-Tracers!


37 posted on 01/31/2008 11:02:35 AM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Froufrou
The paper had an article about some missing workers and it said they got homesick! I think these were from an island, though. The company brought in about 800 workers from other countries to work in the plant. Some people raised cain about this.
38 posted on 01/31/2008 11:05:25 AM PST by MamaB
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To: Vigilanteman

The company brought in about 800 from some islands. It must be a very large company but I had never heard of it before the controversy about bringing in those workers. People here did not like it one little bit.


39 posted on 01/31/2008 11:06:40 AM PST by MamaB
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To: peggybac; Old_Professor; Tijeras_Slim

I really want to know how 100 people just go ~poof!!~


40 posted on 01/31/2008 11:13:41 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Fido969; MamaB; peggybac; Old_Professor; Tijeras_Slim

I thought the Nepalese were nomadic. Wouldn’t that mean they’d be less likely to become homesick?


41 posted on 01/31/2008 11:15:07 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: vaudine

Yes, that occurred to me, too. Yard sale.

If so, it certainly serves Cinram right for taking a subsidy to come in and employ local workers, and then hire a bunch of foreign workers instead.

I hope they had a very big yard sale and sold ALL of Cinram’s stuff, and also left some big debts at the company store. I’m sure guys like this would have a company store, just like “Sixteen Tons.”


42 posted on 01/31/2008 11:19:44 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: dead

What makes this even more special is that according to the newspaper article with the type of visas these people have they get a SS# after two weeks of work. Great!


43 posted on 01/31/2008 11:22:32 AM PST by bamafour
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To: quack
Mo' Brooks was mad because Cinram was given special tax breaks in order to locate in Hunstville,to provide local jobs.Those tax breaks were $300,000 in 2007.

Mo' Brooks for President!

44 posted on 01/31/2008 11:24:44 AM PST by Jim Noble (Trails of trouble, roads of battle, paths of victory we shall walk.)
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To: Froufrou
This is just their culture. We should be respectful and tolerant of all cultures. After all, they're all equally valid.

</sarcasm>

45 posted on 01/31/2008 11:25:34 AM PST by TChris ("if somebody agrees with me 70% of the time, rather than 100%, that doesnít make him my enemy." -RR)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


46 posted on 01/31/2008 11:25:54 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: Froufrou

Word is that the Nepalese attempted to immigrate to Mexico, but the Mexican Border Patrol turned them back....no passport..

‘Kidding!! :o)


47 posted on 01/31/2008 11:28:31 AM PST by Rhetorical pi2
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To: Froufrou

Maybe they are in Alaska. They would be right at home in the -20.


48 posted on 01/31/2008 11:30:31 AM PST by RightWhale (oil--the world currency)
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To: Froufrou

Probably still down in Florida after voting for McCain as independents in the Republican primaries.


49 posted on 01/31/2008 11:32:18 AM PST by TADSLOS (Islam is a fascist ideology practiced through a cult and packaged as a religion of peace.)
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To: Froufrou

You’ve been eating Soylent Nepalease ...


50 posted on 01/31/2008 11:34:26 AM PST by Scythian
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