66 Illegal Aliens Arrested in Florida; Working on Federal Courthouse
Byline: Jerry Seper, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested 66 illegal aliens working on the construction of a federal courthouse in Orlando, Fla., after an ICE investigation that began with a lead provided by Rep. John L. Mica, Florida Republican.
The aliens were employed by contractors and subcontractors and, according to ICE spokesman Dean Boyd, were assigned to help build the home of the U.S. District Court in Orlando. The courthouse will be the central location where the government will present and litigate criminal and civil cases.
It also will house federal judges, the U.S. Marshals Service and administrative staff.
"The arrests are a reflection of the federal government's continued commitment to safeguarding our nation's critical infrastructure," said Raymond M. Connolly, ICE's acting special agent-in-charge in Tampa, Fla. "Thanks to Congressman Mica's information, we were able to neutralize a potential vulnerability in our community."
The ICE investigation, which culminated in the arrests on Wednesday, revealed that the illegal workers used fraudulent Social Security numbers and other counterfeit documents to obtain employment by various subcontractors working for Hensel and Phelps Construction Co.
"Our laws must be enforced," Mr. Mica said. "I am pleased that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and local law-enforcement agents are appropriately taking action to crack down on the problem of illegal immigration, particularly where important federal projects are under construction. …