Friday, August 15, 2008

ICE arrests illegals discovered manufacturing military parachutes

Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided a parachute manufacturing company in Asheville, North Carolina on Tuesday, arresting 59 illegal aliens who were working on the assembly line making parachutes for the U.S. armed forces. ICE called the situation it a possible threat to national security.

Those arrested included 40 women and 19 men who are now being processed. Agents say 29 of them, mostly women, will be released on their own recognizance for humanitarian reasons, meaning they have children or health issues. The others will be held pending hearings in Atlanta which could lead to deportation.

Mills Manufacturing has made parachutes for the military since World War II. ICE agents say the company cooperated in the investigation. Immigration agents say the company had been given false identity papers provided by the workers.

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