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Suspected illegals arrested at area refinery
December 10, 2008
Federal agents today arrested 15 janitorial workers at a BP Whiting Oil refinery plant in Indiana suspected of being in the country illegally, officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.
The workers, all but one from Mexico, were employed by United Building Maintenance in Carol Stream, Ill., officials said. A company official there declined to comment.
Oil refineries are considered by ICE as “critical infrastructure” vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.
“There is a serious public safety concern when illegal aliens, who are not authorized to work in the country legally, are working in secure areas of one of our nation’s largest oil refineries,” said Gary Hartwig, special agent-in-charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Chicago, in a press release. The arrests came after a two-year investigation.
The workers — 11 women and four men — have been placed into deportation proceedings, ICE officials said.
— Antonio Olivo