ICE Prepared to Deport Oil-Spill Cleanup Workers

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have been visiting workstations of BP oil-spill cleanup crews in Louisiana, according to a report by Spanish-language daily El Diario. No detentions have yet been reported, but an ICE spokesman confirmed that the agency is monitoring the cleanup effort, and is prepared to arrest any undocumented workers they find there.

Eye witnesses at the cleanup sites told El Diario that ICE officials arrived in unmarked vehicles and civilian clothing, and proceeded to gather workers into large tents where they were asked to show their documents to authorities. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana and a number of national advocacy groups have denounced the actions, saying cleanup of the catastrophic oil spill should be allowed to continue without interruption.