Feds Arrest Illegals Cleaning Wal-Marts

Oct 24, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Federal agents arrested more than 250 alleged illegal immigrants working as janitors in 60 separate Wal-Mart stores across the country yesterday, reports the New York Times.

The janitors were employed by outside contractors to Wal-Mart. The retail chain claimed to have no knowledge about illegal aliens working for any of its contractors.

This is not the first time, however, Wal-Mart has found its suppliers targeted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Raids in 1998 and 2001 led to the arrest of 100 illegal immigrants working at Wal-Mart stores in four states. Thirteen of Wal-Mart’s cleaning contractors eventually pled guilt to employing illegals.

In a separate report, the Associated Press, citing anonymous sources says the INS has evidence including recordings which indicates Wal-Mart was aware its contractors were using illegal immigrants to clean stores.

“We have seen no evidence of this from the INS, and, if that turns out to be true, we will cooperate fully with law enforcement officials,” Wal-Mart spokeswoman Mona Williams told the AP.

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