Security Sweep Nabs Airport Workers

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, Aug 23, 2002.

  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

    I love how they were able to determin that, "but found no connections to terrorist groups, authorities said" guess they left their talaban ID cards at home...I still think the Airline security is a joke..

    Security Sweep Nabs Airport Workers
    Fri Aug 23, 9:46 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal agents arrested at least 60 airport workers, many with access to restricted areas such as planes and runways, for allegedly using false identification at Southern California airports.

    The raid Thursday, part of a national sweep started last fall known as "Operation Tarmac," uncovered immigration violations and document fraud, but found no connections to terrorist groups, authorities said.

    "It was very low-key," said Ontario International Airport Police Acting Chief David Hanlon. "They talked to the people they were looking for and they took them away."

    The workers were employed by private companies as janitors, baggage handlers and maintenance workers at Los Angeles International, Ontario International, Long Beach Municipal and John Wayne airports.

    Most of the workers arrested at John Wayne, in Orange County, were Hispanic immigrants lacking proof of legal residency.

    Nationwide, hundreds of workers with access to high-security areas of airports have been arrested in sweeps since Sept. 11.

    Most of the arrests involved charges of using phony Social Security ( news - web sites) numbers, lying about past criminal convictions or being in the United States illegally. Other areas targeted have included Washington, Baltimore, Phoenix, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Charlotte, N.C.

    The Federal Aviation Administration ( news - web sites) in October ordered background checks of an estimated 750,000 airport and airline employees who could enter secured areas of airports.

    Thursday's raids in Southern California involved the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Marshals Service, the Social Security Administration ( news - web sites) and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles declined to comment but said more information would be released Friday.

    Eliseo Medina, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, said the raid wasn't focused on terrorism but on immigrants.

    "It's a disgrace," Medina said. "President Bush ( news - web sites) is punishing hard-working immigrants for the crimes committed last September by terrorists. These people are not terrorists — they only want to work."
  2. Klaus

    Klaus Guest

    Wahh! Waaahhhh! The raid was focused on CRIMINALS, not immigrants.

  3. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    well the last i heard illegal immigration is a criminal act!!! if they want to work here, then they can go through the proper channels.:D
  4. Correction--Hard working Illegal immigrants.
  5. Klaus

    Klaus Guest

    Ok, possibly hard working CRIMINALS from unknown foreign countries using falsified documents to get access to secure areas.