Illegal Aliens in Sensitive Locations; Workers with Phony Papers Have Been Arrested for Years at High-Security Sites

By Patterson, Steve | The Florida Times Union, April 3, 2006 | Go to article overview

Illegal Aliens in Sensitive Locations; Workers with Phony Papers Have Been Arrested for Years at High-Security Sites


Patterson, Steve, The Florida Times Union


Byline: STEVE PATTERSON

While arguments about immigration and homeland security have grown to a public crescendo, illegal aliens have been working at military bases and other high-security sites across the country.

Foreigners with phony documents have been arrested for years at places from Cape Canaveral and Mayport Naval Station to a chemical weapons testing ground and the Army special operations headquarters at Fort Bragg, N.C. At least 109 arrests have been announced since last year.

Immigration officials worry about terrorists penetrating the bases.

"Unauthorized workers ... at sensitive U.S. military installations pose a serious homeland security threat," Jeff Jordan, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement manager in Charlotte, N.C., warned last year. In October agents from his office arrested two undocumented Indonesian men and another from Senegal, all teaching languages at Fort Bragg.

Illegal aliens "have access to some of the most sensitive work sites in the nation," Jordan said in a written statement after the arrests. He said terrorists and criminals could intimidate illegals who didn't support them but were afraid of being arrested and deported. Immigration agents treat bases as part of a broad class of critical infrastructure sites, like nuclear power plants and airports, that merit extra attention.

Aliens arrested on base almost always work for contractors who perform jobs from resurfacing runways to servicing ships and planes. Those jobs are likely to multiply as the Pentagon streamlines its forces and leans more on private business for incidental needs.

Hundreds of illegal workers also have been found at civilian defense sites, from a Texas company making a million meals-ready-to-eat for troops in Iraq to a North Carolina factory refitting P-3 Orion patrol planes like those at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. An audit of a company doing maintenance for Navy ships in San Diego concluded nearly half the employees were illegal.

Employers can be banned from federal contracting, and can face criminal charges, if they knowingly hire undocumented workers.

Harsher penalties for employers were part of a plan that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., promoted last week, as Congress waded into a passionate national debate about immigration reform. Frist called the flow of illegal workers "a national security challenge second only to the war on terror."

Companies often say workers fool them with fake identification.

"They're telling you that they're legal to work in the United States. Now, whether they are or not, that's another story," said Debbie Livingston, president of an asbestos-removal company, Aztec Environmental Inc. in Panama City. Livingston said 85 percent of her work has been federal contracts.

Last year the Air Force filed papers to stop Aztec and a sister business, Aztec Civil Construction, from bidding on government jobs. Air Force lawyers argued Aztec broke its contract by hiring undocumented immigrants, underpaying them and breaking environmental laws when it removed asbestos from a building on Tyndall Air Force Base in the Panhandle. The government said Livingston and her husband threatened to report workers to immigration agents if they complained.

While her payroll dwindled from 125 employees to 48, Livingston sued in federal court to remain eligible for federal work, including a Mayport paving contract. Her suit, which denies the Air Force claims, is still pending.

Like many asbestos contractors, Aztec hires a lot of Central American immigrants.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Illegal Aliens in Sensitive Locations; Workers with Phony Papers Have Been Arrested for Years at High-Security Sites
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.