Sunday, September 5, 2010

42 illegal immigrants believed to be Mich. oil spill workers detained in Texas

A group of 42 people believed to have taken part in the cleanup of the July oil spill in mid-Michigan were in federal custody in Houston on Thursday, accused of being in the U.S. illegally.

They are in the process of being deported, said Carl Rusnok, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On Wednesday, the Chambers County Sheriff's Department was contacted about two buses unloading workers in Winnie, a small city east of Houston. Of 59 initially detained, 42 were found to be lacking proper identification, Sheriff Joe LaRive said.

LaRive said the buses were from Michigan and had been chartered by Phillip Hallmark, who runs Hallmark Industrial. The company had been a subcontractor on the cleanup of the spill along Enbridge Energy Partners' Line 6B near Marshall, until it was dismissed this week...

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