Sunday, July 20, 2008

After 31 illegal-alien workers are arrested, Rhode Island probes two firms’ 45 state contracts

Rhode Island’s Department of Administration has launched a review of two contractors whose janitorial workers were swept up in a federal immigration raid on several courthouses. The two companies, Falcon Maintenance Co. and Tri-State Enterprises, have 45 state cleaning contracts between them, including cleaning contracts at the main state office buildings.

Thirty-one employees of the firms were arrested in the sweep of six courthouses on Tuesday. Numerous employees of the two firms failed to show up for work at various state facilities later in the week.

A 32-year-old woman from Guatemala failed to show up for work in the Attorney General’s office on Wednesday. When the Attorney General’s investigators asked immigration officials to check the documents that the woman provided in April for employment, they learned that her Social Security card and “resident alien card” were “evidently fraudulent.”

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