Arkansas: ICE Arrests Army Base Illegal Aliens

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Release

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thursday arrested nine males, two females and one juvenile male, all illegal aliens, employed by two different companies performing contract work at Camp Joseph T. Robinson Army National Guard Base.

One of the companies who hired the workers was identified as El Nopal, a dining facility contractor. The other company, contracted to do landscape work, was not immediately identified.

All of those arrested are Mexican nationals. All have been placed in removal proceedings for being in violation of U.S. immigration laws. Their immigration status makes it illegal for them to work in the United States.

At this time, none of those arrested have been identified as having worked at the base in the past.This investigation was part of ICE’s ongoing efforts to target illegal workers with access to critical infrastructure worksites around the country, such as U.S. military installations, nuclear plants, airports and seaports.

The ICE investigation revealed that the majority of the unauthorized workers used fraudulent social security and alien registration numbers to complete the required forms to obtain employment. While there is no evidence that any of the employees had terrorist ties, unauthorized workers with access to sensitive secure sites are potentially vulnerable to exploitation by terrorists, smugglers, traffickers or other criminals.