Monday, July 31, 2006

Three illegals arrested while attempting to obtain airport security IDs

Via the Mississippi Sun Herald:

GULFPORT, Miss. - Three Mexican nationals who used fake identification to obtain jobs were caught when Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport personnel reported the men to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Authorities said the three were trying to obtain airport security identification badges by making false statements when they were arrested. Airports and other pieces of sensitive infrastructure are a priority for Immigration and Customs authorities, officials said.

Jose Jesus Miranda-Guerrero, 20; Nelson Solis-Hernandez, 18; and Marcelo Perez-Martinez, 24, worked for an airport subcontractor.

Federal authorities didn't identify the subcontractor or the type of work involved. The three men were applying for training to get a security badge when they were reported to authorities.
"Because national security is our absolute No. 1 priority, it's imperative that we ... make absolutely sure that the industries that provide for our defense and commerce are not vulnerable to or threatened by individuals who operate under fraudulent identities," U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton said Friday.

Improvements scheduled at the airport include multimillion-dollar contracts for airfield improvements, new air-cargo and rental-car service facilities and a parking garage.

Hat tip - Msquacks


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