I have to eat my words, there WERE workers that had access to secured areas of the airport. I would agree that when there are locations that require security clearances, we should absolutely know the backgrounds of those people. Once again, this just amplifies that we need to fix our broken immigration system. We need to have a credible way of knowing who is here in our country. I recognize, that many families, caught up in this raid, will be in heartache tonight.
I will be posting a story, very soon, about another detainee death, where the man suffered horribly.
DULLES, Va. — An immigration raid at Dulles International Airport resulted in 55 arrests on Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says.
The people were doing contract work at a construction site, inside a secure area, where they would potentially have access to runways and airplanes.
ICE agents made their move as the workers were being bused to the site, checking work and immigration papers.
The agency says one of the workers had an airport security badge, that grants unescorted access to the airport tarmac.
ICE says allowing unauthorized workers into sensitive sites puts the nation’s infranstructure at risk.
Most of the people arrested will be flown an ICE detention facility in El Paso, Texas to begin removal proceedings.
Officials say this operation and others like it aim to guard infrastructure. The agency says it’s important to make sure people who work at airports are in the United States legally.
Investigation into the workers’ immigration status has been going on for a while, leading up to the raid.
The arrests did not affect flights or travel to and from the airport