Where is one of the places you think you’d be least likely to encounter an illegal alien? How about within the secure perimiter of a military installation? Well, after seeing illegal aliens arrested on-post at Quantico Marine Corps Base in 2006, it looks like the Department of Defense has tightened things up a bit, and is actually checking for illegal aliens at the gates of installations. At Fort Lee, they’re finding them, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
In fiscal year 2008, which ends Sept. 30, ICE agents have made more than 700 administrative arrests and 100 criminal arrests at critical-infrastructure facilities across the country.
The immigrants at Fort Lee were arrested at checkpoints where police conduct identification checks and random vehicle inspections, Metzger said. Most of the immigrants presented false identification, including driver’s licenses, state IDs and permanent resident cards, also known as “green cards.”
All military installations apply the same rules when it comes to illegal immigrants, federal officials said. However, other military posts in Virginia have not seen the increase in cases against illegal immigrants that Fort Lee has experienced.
At Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County, police arrest eight to 10 illegal immigrants a year, A.P. Hill officials said.
Northern Virginia’s Fort Belvoir has several construction projects under way but has not caught undocumented workers trying to enter the base, spokesman Don Dees said.
And at Norfolk Naval Station, there has not been one undocumented immigrant arrested this year, spokeswoman Terry Davis said.
“In Virginia, we have been kind of the model for successfully prosecuting illegal immigrants,” Fort Lee’s Metzger said. “We are very aggressive when it comes to protecting the installation.”
What kind of traitor is going to hire illegal aliens to work on a military installation? Unfortunately we don’t find that out as often as we’d like. I’d really like to know who the employers are that would rather hire cheap illegal alien labor to build our military infrastructure than American workers. I’d also like to see prime contractors held accountable for the behavior of their subcontractors, rather than use this tired dodge of using subcontractors to employ the illegal aliens they cannot directly employ.
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