Fri, Jun 02, 2006
Used Forged Documents To Get Jobs
It only takes a quick look at the
newspapers to see that illegal immigration is a hot-button issue in
America these days... but imagine the surprise on the floor at
Cessna's Wichita, KS plant Wednesday when agents from Immigration
and Customs Enforcement walked in and arrested five workers.
All five -- Homar Vargas-Blanco, Pedro Aguilar-Martinez, Jose
Comacho, Fernando Lopez Inigo and Roberto Guiterrez -- were
citizens of Mexico who ICE says shouldn't have been in this
"We did some investigation and discovered five people that were
using fraudulent documents and working on those fraudulent
documents," says Carl Rusnok, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
spokesman, to the Wichita Business Journal.
But if workers on the factory floor were surprised... nobody in
the front office was. That's because Cessna called ICE and reported
the men after company executives got an anonymous tip.
Cessna spokesman Bob Stangarone said Cessna complied with
federal law requiring employers to verify employment eligibility,
and that the company conducted three self-audits in the last six
years in an effort to maintain compliance.
"We're currently reviewing a new Homeland Security background
checking system for applicability at Cessna," Stangarone added. "As
new technology becomes available, it makes your processes more
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