Ten Illegal Workers Found at New Orleans Navy Base

How safe do you feel, as far as Homeland Security goes? NAS New Orleans, has become the center of an investigation of illegal immigrants, and the 10 that they do claim to have found, were not detained, but were denied access to the base. That’s right people, 10 illegal immigrants were found in a subcontractor’s work force on a Navy base but they were not detained.

What makes the matter worse, is the fact that Jamie Zuieback, an ICE spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., would not identify the company that employed the workers.

The office of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La, said Thursday, they were working for BE&K of Birmingham, Alabama, a Halliburton subcontractor. BE&K denies that any of its employees were detained. But, I didn’t see anything in the article that says the 10 that were denied access to the base, were not working for BE&K. Why all the silence on who is in violation?

Ten illegal immigrants were found in a subcontractor’s work force on a Navy base but were not detained, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said Friday.

The 10 were denied access to the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station by military authorities, said Jamie Zuieback, an ICE spokeswoman in Washington, D.C.

Asked why there were no arrests, Zuieback said the investigation was continuing. She would not identify the company that employed the workers.

ICE agents went to the base outside New Orleans to interview the 10 workers Thursday after security officials identified them as having “questionable” identification, Zuieback said.

She said ICE would ensure that no illegal workers were at the site but she would not release any other information.

The office of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said late Thursday that immigration agents on Wednesday detained a large number of illegal immigrants – possibly more than 100 – who were working for a Halliburton subcontractor building a tent city for Hurricane Katrina recovery work.

Landrieu’s office claimed that illegal workers were employed by BE&K of Birmingham, Ala., and the Democratic senator issued a statement saying it was a “shame” for a contractor to “line his pockets by breaking the law and hiring a low-skilled, low-wage and undocumented work force.”

Susan Wasley, a BE&K spokeswoman, said Thursday that immigration officials came to its work site but none of its employees were detained. She said that about 136 workers from another company were detained. She would not name the other company.

BE&K was awarded the work by Halliburton, which won contracts after Katrina to repair several military bases in the hard-hit Gulf Coast region, said Adam Sharp, a Landrieu spokesman.

Allegations that illegal workers might be employed at the Navy base surfaced during congressional testimony by Louisiana electrical contractors with Knight Enterprises who said they were hired by BE&K to build a 7,500-person tent city at the base.

If this turns out to be another Halliburton related problem, I hope that Halliburton is stripped of its contracts, and denied any further dealings with any Government contracts. They have shown themselves to be lacking in the moral and remorse area. And Michael Brown called us dysfunctional!

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2 Responses to Ten Illegal Workers Found at New Orleans Navy Base

  1. Hey! Come on! If they hire locals they’d be required by law to pay the citizens of Louisiana at least minimum wage! With illegal immigrants, they only have to pay them a couple bucks an hour if they want. They can also get most of that back by charging them for housing(20 people per room) and barely edible food. Stop hating America, you commie!

    As far as Homeland Security is concerned, at this point I think the only explanation is that Bush must be a member of al Qaeda. How else can you explain him ignoring all warnings prior to 9/11, then following it up by doing even more than Osama could have ever hoped for? George W. Bush is the biggest security threat our country has ever faced.

    Nothing surprises me any more about the incompetence and evil of these people. Nothing.

  2. Dave from Princeton

    Sad statements of the realities of BushCo.