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Federal agents arrest 120 on immigration violations after Wal-Mart raid

[JURIST] Federal immigration officials Thursday raided a Wal-Mart [corporate website; JURIST news archive] distribution center construction site in Pennsylvania and arrested over 120 workers for immigration violations. Agents from the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] worked with the US Department of Labor [official website], the US Social Security Administration [official website], Pennsylvania State Police, and the local sheriff's office to raid the site. Wal-Mart officials said they would cooperate with ICE and the Attorney General's office in the matter, but claimed that the arrested workers were employees of a subcontractor and that they require all their subcontractors to comply with federal, state and local laws. In 2003, a raid of 60 Wal-Mart stores in 21 states [JURIST report] revealed over 200 illegal workers and store executives claimed to have had no knowledge of the illegal aliens, saying that cleaning contractors hired them. An affidavit unsealed by ICE earlier this month, however, shows that two Wal-Mart executives knew [JURIST report] that the workers were being hired. Wal-Mart agreed to pay $11 million to settle [JURIST report] US DOJ allegations earlier this year. USA Today has more.

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