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Over 100 Immigrant Airport Workers Are Detained in Government Raids in Southern California

August 27, 2002

Over 100 immigrant airport workers have been arrested in government raids in the Los Angeles area. Government officials reported that the workers had used false IDs and lied about their immigration status to obtain security clearances. Most of the arrested immigrants worked in restaurants or other food service areas.

Nationwide, some 350 immigrant airport workers have been arrested in similar sweeps since Sept. 11.

The arrests come as part of Operation Tarmac, an initiative of the INS and Social Security Administration to review the immigration records of 200,000 workers at about 100 airports.


  • Triana Silton, SEIU UNION 1877- building services director.
  • George Cardona, Chief Assistant US attorney in Central District of California.

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