Posted: Mar 11, 2010 5:05 PM by Lori Steele
Updated: Mar 11, 2010 5:15 PM
All of the undocumented workers removed from a construction site yesterday in Livingston Parish are illegals. Border Patrol Agents say none of them checked out in the system.
But the sub-contractors who did the hiring said they got documents from the workers that say otherwise.
A total of 18 workers from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras were charged under the Immigration and Nationality Act for being here illegally. Ron Lafosse with Border Patrol said in most cases, "it's a non-criminal matter. It's administration, where they admit that they're here illegally and that they agree to go back voluntarily." But others will be brought before an immigration judge. The end result could be deportation.
Other workers continued building the North Oaks Medical Complex in Satsuma. The sub-contractors who hired some of the men in custody said the men provided them with documents including driver's licenses and social security cards.
The border agent told us, "If they have documents, could be that was false...but we understand employers aren't trained in determining fradulent documents."
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents go after employers who knowingly hire illegal workers. If an employer is suspected of knowingly hiring illegals, an investigation could take years.