Thursday, April 28, 2011

Immigration agents arrest nine roofers in Hiawatha (Eastern Iowa News Now)

Immigration agents arrest nine roofers in Hiawatha
Posted April 27, 2011 1:15 pm by Jeff Raasch/SourceMedia Group News

In Hiawatha, ICE agents arrested nine roofers on the jobsite on Wednesday, April 27. ICE agents took custody around 8:00 am after the laborers had completed a significant portion of their work at 880 Wolf Ridge Rd. The individuals detained y ICE were hired by a sub-contractor for Eastern Iowa Construction, according to EIC President Jeremy Bleeker, who told reporters that the employees were unable to provide "proper documentation" upon request. Mr. Bleeker went on to state that the individuals had the appropriate records at home. He indicated that as the general contractor, EIC had no right to that information.

EIC underwent an I-9 audit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement 9 months earlier, and had no problems. Mr. Bleeker said that the raid was unexpected.

According to an article by Jeff Raasch at SourceMedia Group News (click link above for entire article),

“Either (the ICE agents) know something we don’t know, or they’re crossing over into really dangerous ground,” Bleeker said.
He said some of his employees get discriminated against because of their nationality, but have been citizens for several years.

“I hope we don’t jump to judgment too quickly here,” Bleeker said.

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