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Subcontractor Denies Report that INS Agents Hold Workers

By Alabama Public Radio

New Orleans, LA – Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's office says there may be more than 100 workers involved. They were detained Wednesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. They had been setting up a tent city at a Navy base just outside New Orleans. The Birmingham-based subcontractor, B-E-and-K, was awarded the work by Halliburton, which won contracts after Katrina to repair several military bases in the Gulf Coast region. A B-E-and-K spokeswoman says immigration officials descended on the work site, but she denies that any of its employees were detained. She says all the company's workers have valid work documents and that only about three of the 150 workers at the Navy base are green-card holders.

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